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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
courts.

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.

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.

    • About Bate

      "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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