Angola Renews Reforms, to Privatize More Than 70 State-Owned Companies 

  Angola Renews Reforms, to Privatize More Than 70 State-Owned Companies Angola plans to privatize 74 state companies over the next few years, predominantly those in the industrial sector, according to the prospectus sent to investors as part of the country’s Eurobond issuance. Africa’s second-largest crude producer has been battered by a fall in the price…

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Kinros Gold Miner Reels From ‘Resource Nationalism’ in Ghana and Mauritania

    Kinros Gold Miner Reels From ‘Resource Nationalism’ in Ghana and Mauritania  Kinross Gold is the latest miner to be hit by changing policies in Africa as governments seem increasingly willing to upend historic deals with foreign companies in their quest for more mining revenue. Mauritania’s rejection of a key permit to expand a Kinross project, and a proposed mining code review…

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‘More Major Attacks’ by Niger Delta Avengers Coming–Verisk Maplecroft

  ‘Realistic Threat’ NDA Will Carry Out More Major Attacks by  Andreas Exarheas   There is a ‘realistic threat’ that the Niger Delta Avengers will carry out more major attacks on infrastructure, says Verisk Maplecroft’s Ben Payton. There is a “realistic threat” that the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) will carry out more major attacks on…

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Glencore’s Penchant for Murky Business Could Unravel in DR-Congo

  Glencore’s Congo Mining Conundrum Miner and commodities trader Glencore is embroiled in a legal tangle over its copper and cobalt operations in Democratic Republic of Congo, where conflict and changes to regulations have deterred many mining firms. US sanctions on Glencore‘s former Israeli partner in Congo have been a trigger for litigation. At the same time, relations with the Congolese authorities are under strain from a dispute…

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Make References to Taiwan, Face Crack-Down–China Warns Global Firms

  China Threatens U.S. Airlines Over Taiwan References Beijing is pressuring companies around the world to follow the party line on Taiwan sovereignty — or else. BY JAMES PALMER, BETHANY ALLEN-EBRAHIMIAN United Airlines flight 897 lifts off from Dulles International Airport on its maiden flight from Washington, DC to Beijing, the first-ever nonstop flight between the two…

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Muslim Fashion’s $254 Billion Market, A Continuing Challenge to Big Brands

  Muslim Fashion Is A $254 Billion Market—But Big Brands Can’t Crack It Burberry and DKNY missed the mark, but these startups–founded by Muslim women who understand Muslim women–nailed it. BY ELIZABETH SEGRAN   There’s a new must-see event on the fashion calendar. Earlier this month, the fashion elite gathered in Dubai for the first-ever Pret-A-Cover,…

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