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Feb 3, 2011

EU court: Pubs can show soccer on foreign decoders

LUXEMBOURG, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Consumers can use cheaper
foreign TV decoders to watch soccer, 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 license its content on a
country-by-country basis, allowing it to maximise the value of
its rights, as it currently does.

Jan 17, 2011

Are patent deals slowing cheaper drugs?

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU regulator said on Monday it was pressing pharmaceutical companies for more information on their patent deals with generic companies to make sure there is no delay in cheaper drugs coming to market.

The move is the latest in a series of EU crackdowns on possible anti-competitive practices in the pharmaceutical sector after a 2009 patents enquiry pointed to significant risks for European consumers, the Commission said.

Jan 17, 2011

EU ramps up drugs patent settlements scrutiny

BRUSSELS, Jan 17 (Reuters) – The EU regulator said on Monday
it was pressing pharmaceutical companies for more information on
their patent deals with generic companies to make sure there is
no delay in cheaper drugs coming to market.

The move is the latest in a series of EU crackdowns on
possible anti-competitive practices in the pharmaceutical sector
after a 2009 patents enquiry pointed to significant risks for
European consumers, the Commission said.

Jan 6, 2011

Intel offers concessions to EU on McAfee

BOSTON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Intel (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has offered concessions in a bid to win European Union antitrust clearance for its $7.7 billion purchase of security software maker McAfee Inc (MFE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Shares in McAfee, the world’s No. 2 maker of security software after Symantec Corp (SYMC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), rose 1.7 percent on the news in late morning trade on Thursday, while Intel shares fell 1.4 percent.

Dec 30, 2010

More talks needed in Ivory Coast crisis: envoys

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – A delegation of three West African presidents who met incumbent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday to deliver an ultimatum to step down or face force left saying more meetings were needed.

Gbagbo’s government, meanwhile, remained defiant in the face of international pressure to cede power, saying it would sever ties with any country that recognized envoys named by rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara.

Dec 29, 2010

Analysis: West Africa not likely to use force in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN/DAKAR (Reuters) – West African leaders have threatened to remove Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo by force if he refuses to go quietly, but are likely to rely on persuasion rather than arms to get their way.

Urban warfare and heavy civilian casualties in the former economic jewel of West Africa would be nearly inevitable if regional bloc ECOWAS rolled in the troops, and member states like Nigeria are reluctant to pay this price, analysts said.

Dec 29, 2010

Analysis – W.Africa to use talks, not force, in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN/DAKAR (Reuters) – West African leaders have threatened to remove Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo by force if he refuses to go quietly, but are likely to rely on persuasion rather than arms to get their way.

Urban warfare and heavy civilian casualties in the former economic jewel of West Africa would be nearly inevitable if regional bloc ECOWAS rolled in the troops, and member states like Nigeria are reluctant to pay this price, analysts said.

Dec 29, 2010

More talks needed in Ivory Coast crisis: ECOWAS envoys

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – A delegation of three West African presidents who met incumbent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday to deliver an ultimatum to step down or face force left saying more meetings were needed.

Gbagbo’s government, meanwhile, remained defiant in the face of international pressure to cede power, saying it would sever ties with any country that recognized envoys named by rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara.

Dec 29, 2010

More talks needed in ICoast crisis – ECOWAS envoys

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – A delegation of three West African presidents who met incumbent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday to deliver an ultimatum to step down or face force left saying more meetings were needed.

Gbagbo’s government, meanwhile, remained defiant in the face of international pressure to cede power, saying it would sever ties with any country that recognised envoys named by rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara.

Dec 28, 2010

Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo warns over rival envoys

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – The government of Ivory Coast’s incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo said it would sever ties with countries that recognised envoys named by presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara in a powerful sign he was not about to quit.

“The government would like to make it known that in the light of such decisions, it reserves the right to apply reciprocity in ending the missions of their ambassadors in Ivory Coast,” the government’s spokesman said in a statement on national television on Tuesday.

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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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