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Jun 28, 2011

Senegal deploys extra troops as power cuts enrage

DAKAR (Reuters) – Senegal deployed troops at ministry buildings, armored personnel carriers near the presidential palace and at least one helicopter gunship in the capital Dakar on Tuesday after riots over lengthy power cuts.

Many Dakar homes and businesses have been without electricity for more than 30 hours, catalysing anti-government sentiment in the normally tranquil West African state.

Jun 15, 2011

Senegal making progress on graft, governance -U.S.

DAKAR, June 15 (Reuters) – Senegal has made progress
fighting corruption and establishing good governance practices,
earning it the confidence of investors and ratings agencies, the
outgoing U.S. ambassador said on Wednesday.

Marcia Bernicat warned the West African nation last year
after a series of corruption scandals that U.S. aid, including
the $540 million Millennium Challenge Corporation grant,
depended on its anti-graft efforts. [ID:nLDE64Q2HI]

May 31, 2011

Online network Viadeo eyes Africa after shelving IPO

DAKAR (Reuters) – Viadeo, the world’s second-biggest online networking site for professionals behind LinkedIn, plans to double its users in Africa within a year, its chief operating officer for the continent said on Tuesday.

Viadeo, which targets professionals, job seekers, recruiters and serves as a brainstorming platform for entrepreneurs, shelved plans for an initial public offering (IPO) early this month to focus on growth in emerging markets.

May 30, 2011

Analysis: Post-Biya succession void looms in Cameroon

DAKAR (Reuters) – With Cameroonian leader Paul Biya widely tipped for re-election in polls scheduled for October, the burning question now for many observers of the central African state is: Who will succeed him?

Biya, 78, has ruled the oil-exporting nation for 29 years, making him among Africa’s longest rulers. After a constitutional tweak in 2008 which removed term limits, he is set to run again in what, given his age, is potentially his last seven-year term.

Apr 27, 2011

Analysis: Al Qaeda, hunger pose risks for Niger’s Issoufou

DAKAR/NIAMEY (Reuters) – The constant threat from local al Qaeda allies, recurrent food shortages and a population explosion are just a few of the problems awaiting Niger’s new civilian president.

Mahamadou Issoufou, 59, named his government last week, ending over a year of military rule in the landlocked West African nation that is rich in uranium but plagued by instability, with poverty afflicting 60 percent of its people.

Apr 22, 2011

Rio says reaches accord with Guinea over Simandou

DAKAR (Reuters) – Mining giant Rio Tinto (RIO.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Friday it would pay the government of Guinea $700 million after reaching an agreement to resolve all outstanding disputes over blocks 3 and 4 of its Simandou iron ore project.

The company said in an emailed statement to Reuters that it had signed a settlement to secure Rio’s mining title for the southern Simandou blocks, paving the way for some $10 billion in investment and the first shipment of iron ore by mid-2015.

Feb 4, 2011

Paris, Berlin launch EU competitiveness pact

BRUSSELS, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Germany and France proposed a
competitiveness pact for Europe on Friday and EU leaders
discussed strengthening a euro zone rescue fund, hoping to win
back market confidence in the bloc’s public finances.

But there was almost immediate opposition to the
Franco-German proposals, both on the way they were laid out
without discussion and on the substance of the measures.

Feb 3, 2011

Fake goods in transit can be seized if EU-bound -court

LUXEMBOURG, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Suspected fake goods moving
through the European Union from a non-EU country can be seized
if there is a danger they could enter the trade bloc, an adviser
to the EU’s highest court said on Thursday.

The non-binding opinion by Advocate General Pedro Cruz
Villalon in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) centres on
complaints by Finnish mobile firm Nokia (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Dutch
conglomerate Philips (PHG.AS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which were referred by national

Feb 3, 2011

EU advisor says pubs can show soccer via foreign boxes

LUXEMBOURG/LONDON (Reuters) – Soccer fans could use cheaper foreign TV boxes to watch live matches, an adviser to Europe’s top court said on Thursday in a legal opinion that would dramatically change the way broadcast rights are sold.

The non-binding opinion by Advocate General Juliane Kokott at the European Court of Justice centres on whether a rights holder such as the English Premier League can license its content on a country-by-country basis, which allows it to maximise the value of its rights.

Feb 3, 2011

EU court – Pubs can show football on foreign decoders

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Consumers can use cheaper foreign TV decoders to watch football, an adviser to Europe’s top court said on Thursday, in a legal opinion that could change the way the English Premier League sells broadcasting rights.

The non-binding opinion by Advocate General Juliane Kokott at the European Court of Justice centres on whether a rights holder such as the Premier League can licence its content on a country-by-country basis, allowing it to maximise the value of its rights, as it currently does.

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      "Bate Felix is a Dakar-based West & Central Africa Correspondent. He joined Reuters in 2007 as a graduate trainee and has worked in Johannesburg, London, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam. He now covers economics, politics and general news stories in over a dozen countries in West & Central Africa."
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