Charlotte Ingham, senior political risk analyst at Maplecroft, warns that conflict and political instability will continue to increase in 2014, especially in Middle Eastern and North African states.» Read More
*Protecting Mandela's image harder after his death. JOHANNESBURG, Dec 8- From political posters to bottles of wine and kitchen aprons, the face and name of Nelson Mandela is a potent commercial and political brand in South Africa.
The documents show that a JPMorgan program designed to prevent questionable hiring practices was ultimately viewed inside the company as "a gateway to doing business with state-owned companies in China," the Times said, adding that it had reviewed copies of the emails and computer spreadsheets.
LONDON, Dec 6- Four months after branding Anglo American's performance "unacceptably poor", Chief Executive Mark Cutifani is to tell investors on Thursday how he plans to improve the miner's operations and hit ambitious 2016 performance targets.
*Statoil sees potential for more resources in area. OSLO, Dec 6- Statoil and ExxonMobil have made another big gas discovery off Tanzania and plan a drilling campaign over the next two years, lifting the East African country's hope of becoming a major gas exporter.
NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Dec 6- Ministers from nearly 160 member countries of the World Trade Organisation entered a final day of negotiations on Friday with officials sounding optimistic over chances of salvaging a deal that would save the trade body from sliding into irrelevance.
*Amec and Petrofac both linked with takeover target. In the last weeks, British media have reported that UK engineers Amec and Petrofac are looking at Swiss-based peer Foster Wheeler. Amec also made a $1.1 billion approach for rival Kentz earlier this year which Kentz rejected saying it undervalued the company.
NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Dec 6- Ministers from nearly 160 member countries of the World Trade Organisation entered a final day of negotiations on Friday with officials sounding optimistic over chances of salvaging a deal that would save the WTO from sliding into irrelevance.
Nelson Mandela not only overcame personal suffering, racism and oppression, he triumphed over them to become a titan of the 20th century. Click ahead to see images from his life.
LONDON, Dec 5- Consumer products giant Unilever Plc aims to cut the number of individual products it sells by 30 percent by the end of 2014 to become more efficient and navigate a global economic slowdown it admits it was slow to confront.
Dec 5- Twitter Inc is tying up with a Singapore- based startup to make its 140- character messaging service available to users in emerging markets who have entry-level mobile phones which cannot access the Internet.
LONDON, Dec 5- From intelligent drills to analysing gum tree leaves, an unprecedented push to develop new methods and technologies promises to transform the way miners explore for deposits, allowing them to dig deeper, faster and more cheaply.
*South Sudan among world's toughest business environments. JUBA/ NAIROBI, Dec 5- Kenya Commercial Bank started small in Africa's newest nation, South Sudan- very small. That was in 2005. KCB now has 21 branches in South Sudan generating 9 percent of the group's 15.2 billion Kenyan shillings in pretax profit for the first nine months of 2013..
UNITED NATIONS-- Britain is urging the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution calling on all countries not to pay ransom to kidnappers who use the money to finance terrorist groups.
By Joe Brock and Tim Cocks. ABUJA/ LAGOS, Dec 5- Nigeria's drive to clean up a gasoline subsidy scheme that soaks up a fifth of federal spending is mired in confusion, with the government, anti-graft investigators and fuel importers at odds over attempts to root out massive fraud.
DETROIT, Dec 5- Nearly 50 years after launching its affordable sports car, Ford Motor Co is unveiling a global redesign of the Mustang to try to burnish the U.S. automaker's image and spur sales of its more expensive models. The car will be shown in Dearborn, Michigan, Shanghai, Sydney, Barcelona, New York and Los Angeles.
*India gains supporters for its stance on food subsidies. A Bali trade deal, already diluted to the "low-hanging fruit" of the moribund Doha round of talks, largely hinges on India and whether the world's second most populous country can find common ground with the United States and other developed countries on food subsidies.
A Bali trade deal, already diluted to the "low-hanging fruit" of the moribund Doha round of talks, largely hinges on India and whether the world's second most populous country can find common ground with the United States and other developed countries on food subsidies.
Dec 4- Barrick Gold Corp, under fire for missteps in a tough market, started to address investor demands for a more independent board on Wednesday, by replacing two directors close to its departing founder with a pair of mining industry experts.
Dec 4- Barrick Gold Corp, under fire for a series of missteps in a tough market, confirmed on Wednesday that its 86- year-old chairman and founder will leave the board this spring, along with two other directors.
*Exports, US freeze lift Paris wheat to near 7- month high. CHICAGO, Dec 4- U.S. soybean futures were higher on Wednesday, reversing two days of declines, on technical buying despite prospects for a huge soy harvest in South America. Chicago Board of Trade January soybeans were up 9-3/ 4 cents per bushel at $13.29-1/ 2, while December wheat was down 6-1/ 2 at $6.47-1/ 4.