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Wednesday, May 23, 2018 06:43:00 AM

. Tiny African start-ups draw interest after slow start By Laurent BARTHELEMY Paris, May 23, 2018 (AFP) - African high-tech startups are minuscule compared with their US and European peers but they are finally gaining momentum and attention in some of the world's most promising economies.
Democratic Republic of Congo

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 06:43:00 AM

DRC is one of the world’s poorest countries despite its vast natural resources. Political tensions and socio-economic decline are exacerbated by a sharp increase in violence. DRC’s complex humanitarian crisis is characterised by conflict, mass displacement, malnutrition and epidemics.
Seven out of ten traders are victims of unfair practices

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 06:30:00 AM

The finding comes from a study by the Benelux Secretariat General, reported in La Libre and La Dernière Heure on Tuesday. Traders are subject to territorial supply restrictions (“TSR”), owing to having more expensive prices or more restricted product ranges, compared to neighbouring countries.
UK government launches plan to curb air pollution

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 06:23:00 AM

The new plan comes just days after the European Commission said it would take Britain and five other European Union member states to the EU Court of Justice for failing to respect air quality limits. Under the EU’s Air Quality Directive, member states were supposed to comply with nitrogen dioxide....
EU antitrust official sees more scrutiny for Facebook, others

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 06:23:00 AM

Tommaso Valletti, chief economist at the European Commission’s competition unit, rejected calls by some - especially in the United States - for regulators to adopt a hands-off approach to avoid stifling innovation. Unlike internet search engine Google which has been in the EU antitrust crosshairs....
'I'm sorry', Facebook boss tells European lawmakers

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 06:13:00 AM

BRUSSELS: Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologised to the European Parliament on Tuesday and said the social media giant is taking steps to prevent a repeat of a massive breach of users' personal data. Zuckerberg also pledged to keep investing in Europe as he made the latest stop on a tour of....
Merkel visit a chance to press China to open up - EU's Katainen

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 06:12:00 AM

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s trip to China this week is a good opportunity to press the Chinese to deliver on promises of trade liberalisation, European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen said. Merkel faces a delicate diplomatic balancing act on Thursday and Friday during a visit clouded by trade threats from U.
Brexit and Government

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 06:11:00 AM

The government has announced for the first time that “concerted action” will be taken to tackle ammonia emissions from farming. Publishing the Clea... The EU has voted for a post-2020 farm policy which allows Member States to adapt farming policy to their own individual needs. The EU's Agriculture..
Boris Johnson tells Theresa May to ‘get on with’ taking UK out of customs union

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 05:58:00 AM

Theresa May must “get on with it” and take Britain out of the European customs union “as fast as is reasonably possible”, Boris Johnson has said. The Foreign Secretary’s warning came against a backdrop of Brexiteer unease about the proposed “backstop” arrangement to keep the UK closely tied to EU....
Bulgaria does not meet all euro entry criteria, Commission to say

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 05:51:00 AM

By Jan Strupczewski. BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Euro-hopeful Bulgaria does not yet meet the criteria to adopt the single currency, the European Commission will say on Wednesday in an assessment of European Union countries that must one day switch to the euro.
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