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Aug 14, 2013

Coffin cover – Africa’s booming funerals business

JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI, Aug 14 (Reuters) – From fish-shaped
coffins to slaughtered bulls, funerals in Africa are lavish
affairs, providing a lucrative opportunity for insurance
companies looking for business in some of the world’s fastest
growing economies.

Many of the insurance industry’s big money-spinners in
developed markets, like motor insurance and cover for household
goods, are irrelevant to the majority of Africans who cannot
afford a range of expensive personal possessions.

Jul 30, 2013

Rwanda dismisses U.S. charges it backs Congo rebels

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Rwanda dismissed on Tuesday U.S. charges that it was supporting M23 rebels in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo and said leveling accusations would not help pacify the region.

Western donors halted some aid to Rwanda last year after U.N. experts said Kigali was backing rebels in eastern Congo, a region racked by fighting since the 1990s that has in part been fuelled by a struggle to control rich mineral deposits there.

Jul 26, 2013

Egypt’s generals back in favor after first flawed transition

CAIRO (Reuters) – When Egypt’s army was last in charge, little more than a year ago, 27-year-old artist Mohamed Haroun painted a picture of the senior general surrounded by money looted from the state.

Now the army is back in control, he plans to sketch the new military chief plucking a drowning country from the sea.

Jul 25, 2013

How the Muslim Brotherhood lost Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – When Egyptians poured onto the streets in their millions to demand the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, few thought they would return two years later demonstrating for the overthrow of the man they elected to replace him.

The stunning fall from power of President Mohamed Mursi, and the Muslim Brotherhood which backed him, has upended politics in the volatile Middle East for a second time after the Arab Spring uprisings toppled veteran autocrats.

Jul 25, 2013

Special Report: How the Muslim Brotherhood lost Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – When Egyptians poured onto the streets in their millions to demand the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, few thought they would return two years later demonstrating for the overthrow of the man they elected to replace him.

The stunning fall from power of President Mohamed Mursi, and the Muslim Brotherhood which backed him, has upended politics in the volatile Middle East for a second time after the Arab Spring uprisings toppled veteran autocrats.

Jul 18, 2013

Exclusive: Egypt’s Brotherhood proposes first crisis talks via EU envoy

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood said on Thursday it had proposed through an EU go-between a framework for talks to resolve Egypt’s political crisis, its first formal announcement of an offer for negotiations since President Mohamed Mursi was toppled.

Brotherhood official Gehad el-Haddad, who represented the movement in previous EU-facilitated talks, told Reuters the proposal had been made to envoy Bernardino Leon before a visit on Wednesday by EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton.

Jul 15, 2013

Interview: Egypt billionaire Sawiris family to invest “like never before”

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris, whose family controls the sprawling Orascom corporate empire, says he and his brothers will be “investing in Egypt like never before” after the ousting of a president he accused of bullying opponents to his rule.

Sawiris, a prominent Christian who backed a campaign against President Mohamed Mursi, told Reuters the Islamist leader’s government had sought to co-opt executives or, as in his case because he was in opposition, hit his family businesses with exceptional taxes.

Jul 15, 2013

Egypt billionaire Sawiris family to invest “like never before”

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris, whose family controls the sprawling Orascom corporate empire, says he and his brothers will be “investing in Egypt like never before” after the ousting of a president he accused of bullying opponents to his rule.

Sawiris, a prominent Christian who was an outspoken critic of President Mohamed Mursi, told Reuters the Islamist leader’s government had sought to co-opt executives or, as in his case because he was in opposition, hit his family businesses with exceptional taxes.

Jul 2, 2013

Somali central bank governor denies U.N. charges over funds

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The governor of the Central Bank of Somalia denied on Tuesday allegations in a U.N. report linking him to irregularities regarding millions of dollars withdrawn from the bank, saying the charges were malicious and baseless.

Somalia, under a Western-backed government that took office last year, is trying to rebuild after 20 years of war in which the nation was carved up into fiefdoms by warlords and then ruled by Islamist militants. Its public institutions remain feeble.

Jun 24, 2013

IMF help puts Somalia on road to debt relief -c.bank governor

NAIROBI, June 24 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund
will offer Somalia technical support and advice, a first step in
efforts to secure debt relief for the country emerging from two
decades of civil conflict, the central bank governor said on
Monday.

The IMF officially recognised the Somali government in
April, ending a 22-year hiatus during which the African nation
was mired in grinding poverty, militancy and maritime piracy,
without a functioning central government.

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      "Responsible for Reuters coverage from Egypt and Sudan, and overseeing operations of the Cairo-based Reuters Arabic language service. Previously was Bureau Chief, Iran. Have worked throughout the Middle East for most of the past 15 years, including covering the Iraq war and Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Have also covered financial and energy affairs, holding positions that inlude equities reporter in London."
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