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Ethiopia Claims Victory in Tigray Conflict After Shelling Restive Region’s Capital

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopia claimed victory in its conflict with the restive region of Tigray on Saturday, after a daylong series of artillery strikes against the regional capital, a city of half a million people.With communications shut off, there was no way to independently confirm the government’s claim, and the leadership of Tigray had...

Pentagon Chief Visits Somalia Ahead of Expected Troop Cuts

WASHINGTON — Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller met with American troops and diplomats in Somalia on Friday, the first Pentagon chief to visit the strife-torn East African nation. He may also be the last.The three-hour visit to Mogadishu, the Somali capital, came as the acting secretary was wrapping up an overseas trip to the Middle East...

Jailed, Exiled and Silenced: Smothering East Africa’s Political Opposition

NAIROBI, Kenya — Since the presidential campaign kicked off in Uganda in early November, the most prominent opposition candidate, Bobi Wine, has been tear-gassed, arrested and beaten by the police, held in solitary confinement, and charged in court for holding campaign events in violation of coronavirus restrictions.“I know they want me dead as...

Edward J. Perkins, 92, Dies; First Black U.S. Envoy to South Africa

When Edward J. Perkins was a student at a segregated school in Pine Bluff, Ark., his history teacher taught the class about the brutal racial oppression in South Africa. It was even worse, the students were told, than what they as Black people were experiencing in the American South.The teacher urged her students to donate what little change they had...

Ethiopia’s Leader Escalates Assault on Tigray Region, Putting Civilians at Risk

NAIROBI, Kenya — Just over three weeks ago, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia unleashed his military forces in an attempt to subdue the country’s northern region of Tigray, whose rebellious governing party was until recently the dominant force in Ethiopia’s central government.On Thursday, Mr. Ahmed ratcheted up the conflict, ordering what...

Finance

Khalifa Haftar is losing ground and lashing out in Libya

KHALIFA HAFTAR’S self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) says it will cease fire for what remains of the holy month of Ramadan. But friends of General Haftar say he is doubling down on the civil war he started six years ago. His year-long siege of Tripoli, seat of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), has intensified of late. Groups loyal...

Saudi Arabia stops flogging

“THE FORNICATRESS and the fornicator—flog each of them with a hundred stripes; and do not let pity for them hold you back from carrying out God’s law.” So says the Koran, which dates back to the seventh century. Prince Muhammad bin Salman, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, is trying to drag the kingdom into the 21st. So on April 25th the government...

Zambia was already a case study in how not to run an economy

“I FEEL YOUR PAIN,” said Edgar Lungu in a televised address on April 24th. The president of Zambia claimed that covid-19 had “thrown into disarray” the country’s finances. He mused about whether the government could afford to pay for pensions, civil-service salaries and medicine. “Where will the money come from?” It is a good question....

How Sudan’s warlords buy their gun trucks

THE TOYOTA HILUX is a sturdy vehicle. That makes it especially popular in Africa. It outsells all other pickup trucks, or “bakkies”, in South Africa. In Mali and Niger smugglers transporting people and goods across the Sahara will accept no alternative, since they can cram 30 people onto one and can still climb a sand dune. It is also a familiar...

Some African politicians risk spreading covid through quackery

Editor’s note: The Economist is making some of its most important coverage of the covid-19 pandemic freely available to readers of The Economist Today, our daily newsletter. To receive it, register here. For our coronavirus tracker and more coverage, see our hub MANY AFRICAN politicians are fighting covid-19 with tools prescribed by science. South...

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Foresight makes MEIF investment into software-based franking alternative business Postworks Limited

Foresight Group LLP (“Foresight”) announces the investment into Postworks Limited (“Postworks” or the “Company”) on behalf of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (“MEIF”). This mark’s Foresight’s third MEIF investment since its launch in February.   Postworks is an online franking company providing small and medium...

Cambodia: Protest Supports Villagers Challenging Foreign Forest Concession

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Foreign investments; Forests and timber; Judiciary; Minority rights; Natural resources - On September 22, 2015, a group of approximately 100 Cambodians from the Phnong ethnic group rallied to support five members of the group who were questioned in court and then released. The issues involved were...

European Union: Adoption of Decision to Relocate Asylum Seekers

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Asylum; Immigration; Refugees; Treaties and International Agreements/Refugees - On September 22, 2015, the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council adopted a proposal, introduced by the European Commission on September 9, 2015, in response to the unprecedented influx of migrants who have sought refuge...

Brazil: End of Age Limit for Assisted Fertilization

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Families ; Health; Pregnancy - On September 22, 2015, the Brazilian Federal Council of Medicine (Conselho Federal de Medicina, CFM), issued Resolution No. 2,121/2015 on, inter alia, eliminating the need by women over 50 years of age to obtain the consent... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress...

Deals

Israel’s Magenta Venture Partners announces first closing of a new $100M fund focused on early stage Israeli startups

Israeli VC firm Magenta Venture Partners announced today a new venture capital fund targeting $100 million. The new fund had its initial closing in October 2018 and is planning its final closing in 2019. Magenta Venture Partners is an equal partnership between Mitsui & Co. Ltd., one of the largest trading and investment companies in Japan,...

Roquette invests in Israeli seed breeding company Equinom

The companies signed an agreement to develop high-protein pea varieties for food markets Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients for Food, Nutrition and Health markets and a pioneer in new vegetal proteins, and Equinom Ltd., an innovative Israel based breeding technology company, have signed a partnership agreement for the development...

Maitland acquires Talaria, launches Maitland Family Office

Cross-border specialist wealth service likely to appeal to those needing offshore estate planning Maitland, the global advisory and administration firm, has announced the formation of Maitland Family Office, a multi-family office to service high net worth families, individuals and entrepreneurs in South Africa. The new entity will be one of the...

MENA drops 57.6% in value of M&A

The value of mergers and acquisitions in the Middle East and North Africa region declined by 57.6 per cent in 2017, despite the deal count maintaining almost the same level as the previous year, according to Mergermarket, a provider of M&A data and intelligence. For full year 2017, 126 deals worth approximately $16 billion (Dh58.76 billion) were recorded...

Private equity consortium invests into supplier of corporate and promotional apparel

A private equity consortium comprising RMB Corvest, RMB Ventures and Ethos Mid Market Fund have, alongside management, acquired 100% of Kevro, Africa’s largest value-add supplier of corporate and promotional apparel, and other brandable products.  Kevro was acquired from Ethos Fund VI, which had owned a 72% stake in the group since 2011 and...