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Dec 24, 2010

West African leaders meet on Ivory Coast crisis

ABIDJAN/ABUJA, Dec 24 (Reuters) – West African leaders met
in Nigeria on Friday to discuss options for Ivory Coast, where
an election standoff has killed up to 200 and threatens to tip
the country back into civil war.

World powers and African states have heaped political and
financial pressure on incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo to step
down after the Nov. 28 poll, in which electoral commission
results showed he lost by 8 points to rival Alassane Ouattara.

Dec 24, 2010

Laurent Gbagbo’s funds cut as Ivorian standoff deepens

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Incumbent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo faces a cash crunch that could make it hard for him to continue paying the wages of soldiers who back him, after the West African regional central bank cut his access to funds.

The United Nations General Assembly, adding to international pressure on Gbagbo to concede defeat in a November 28 election, recognised challenger Alassane Ouattara as Ivory Coast’s legitimate president.

Dec 24, 2010

Gbagbo’s funds cut as Ivorian standoff deepens

ABIDJAN, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Incumbent Ivory Coast leader
Laurent Gbagbo faced a cash crunch that could make it tough for
him to continue paying public salaries, after the West African
regional central bank cut his access to funds.

World powers and African states have heaped pressure on
Gbagbo to concede defeat in a Nov. 28 poll to his rival Alassane
Ouattara in a standoff that has killed nearly 200 people and
threatens to tip the country back into civil war.

Dec 6, 2010

Power-sharing wrong for Ivory Coast: Tsvangirai

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Setting up a power-sharing government to end the post-election dispute in Ivory Coast would set a bad example to other African countries, Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said on Monday.

Elections in Ivory Coast were meant to unify the West African country after a 2002-2003 civil war, but have resulted in deadlock as presidential challenger Alassane Ouattara and incumbent Laurent Gbagbo both claimed victory.

Dec 3, 2010

AstraZeneca’s Nexium target in EU antitrust probe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – AstraZeneca(AZN.L: Quote, Profile, Research), which makes the best-selling heartburn drug Nexium, has been raided by EU antitrust regulators investigating suspected collusion to block the sale of cheaper generic medicines.

Company officials said the $5 billion-a-year heartburn and stomach ulcer drug was a key focus of the raids — the latest in a series targeting improper activities in the sector.

Dec 3, 2010

EU raids AstraZeneca and other drugmakers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU antitrust regulators have raided the offices of some pharmaceutical companies, including AstraZeneca, suspected of colluding to block the market entry of cheaper generic drugs.

The European Commission, which acts as the competition watchdog of the 27-nation European Union, said on Friday the raids — the latest in a series targeting improper activities in the sector — took place on November 30 in several EU countries.

Dec 3, 2010

EU exec raids pharma sector firms in antitrust probe

BRUSSELS, Dec 3 (Reuters) – EU anti-trust regulators have
carried out raids on some firms in the pharmaceutical sector on
suspicions of collusion to delay the entry of generic drugs into
the market, the European Commission said on Friday.

The Commission, which acts as the competition watchdog of the
27-nation European Union, said the raids took place Nov. 30 in
several EU countries, but it did not identify the companies.

Dec 1, 2010

EU sets tougher state aid rules for banks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Crisis-hit banks seeking state aid next year will have to overhaul their operations as European Union regulators further tightened rules Wednesday as part of a strategy to wean the financial sector off state support.

The rule will apply to all lenders getting a capital injection or transferring impaired assets to “bad banks,” the EU executive said.

Dec 1, 2010

EU sets tougher state aid rules for banks next year

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Crisis-hit banks seeking state aid next year will have to overhaul their operations as part of a strategy to wean them off state support, the European Union’s competition chief said Wednesday.

The tougher conditions came as the European Commission extended by a year a framework of rules set up in October 2008 allowing EU governments to bail out their lenders under looser terms.

Nov 30, 2010

EU launches Google investigation after complaints

BRUSSELS, Nov 30 (Reuters) – European Union antitrust
regulators opened on Tuesday a formal investigation into Google
(GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) after rival services complained that the world’s No. 1
internet search engine abused its dominant position.

The move came more than nine months after British price
comparison site Foundem and French legal search engine
ejustice.fr alleged Google’s search algorithm demoted their
sites in Web search results because they were rivals.

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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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