Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos said she was launching legal action against a consortium of journalists and its media partners over the publication of thousands of documents about her business empire, Reuters reports.
Isabel dos Santos, will be represented by the American law firm Schillings Partners, which represents personalities such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry and Meghan Markle, JK Rowling and Lance Armstrong, in the lawsuits she has instituted against the consortium of journalists, according to Visão magazine.
The EU expresses its condolences to all the victims and their families.
Terrorist attacks against civilians in Mogadishu andon the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are another attempt to undermine Somalia’s determined course towards a stable and secure country. (Photo: illustration).
The EU pays tribute to all security personnel for their commitment to rebuild Somalia and ensure a peaceful environment for the population. These attacks will not deter our strong support of AMISOM and the Somali National Security Forces in their efforts to bring security and stability to the country. The EU will continue working with the Somali authorities, the African Union and other partners to enhance stability and Somalia’s capacity to fight terrorism.
“We stand together in our fight against terrorism,” EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said in remarks to the press this morning. “These are difficult and dramatic hours which testify to how European and Africans are brothers and sisters in both the fight against terrorism and in the solidarity of our response to it,” Mogherini said.
“We will continue to work together day after day and will not let terrorism win,” Mogherini added in a press conference later in the day.
The EU currently has more than 500 troops from 27 countries deployed in Mali with a mandate to provide capacity-building to the Malian army and support their mission to restore Malian territorial integrity, protect the population and reduce the threat posed by terrorist groups.
EU foreign ministers meeting today in Luxembourg adopted positions on counter-terrorism as well as the Africa-EU partnership and EU support to Mali and the Sahel region. They reiterated the EU’s full support to the implementation of the Malian Peace and Reconciliation Agreement. They also commended the political leadership of the G5 Sahel countries G5 Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad) for recently setting up a joint counter-terrorism force, which the EU recently announced it would support with EUR 50 million.
The EU takes an integrated approach to promote the security, stability and development of the region. In addition to its support for the G5 Sahel force, the EU invests heavily in sustainable development in Mali and the region. The EU’s development cooperation initiatives in Mali mainly focus on political and economic governance, strengthening institutional capacities and regional integration. The EU furthermore provides around EUR 46 million a year in humanitarian aid to Mali.
“Our partnership is very strong and will be consolidated, strengthened on the occasion of the Africa-EU summit this November,” Mogherini said.
La Haute Représentante Federica Mogherini a rencontré le Président français Emmanuel Macron aujourd’hui, en marge du Sommet des Balkans à Trieste.
Tous deux ont abordé la situation au Sahel. La Haute Représentante a souligné l’importance de coopérer, en partenariat avec les pays du Sahel, pour renforcer les actions en faveur de la sécurité, stabilité et développement dans la région. La Haute Représentante a confirmé sa participation au lancement de l’Alliance pour le Sahel demain à Paris, dans le cadre du Conseil ministériel franco-allemand.
Le Président du Parlement européen Antonio Tajani reçoit le Président de la Côte d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara:
«Je salue aussi le fort engagement du Président Ouattara dans la lutte contre la menace terroriste. Il ne faut pas oublier que la Côte d’Ivoire aussi a été frappée par des attaques. La coopération entre l’Union européenne, la CÉDÉAO et l’Union Africaine est cruciale dans ce domaine, en particulier dans le Sahel et en Lybie pour éviter que les groupes terroristes se propagent dans d’autres régions du continent africain», a dit le présdident Antonio Tajani.
«Grace à la diversification et à une base industrielle, la Côte-d’Ivoire se classe parmi les économies les plus dynamiques du monde. Avec une croissance estimée à 8% cette année, elle se place en tête du continent africain. La Côte-d’Ivoire doit servir d’exemple à d’autres pays du continent, en particulier en Afrique de l’Ouest» a déclaré le Président du Parlement européen à l’issue de sa rencontre avec le Président de la Côte-d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara. (Strasbourg, 16.06.2017).
“The EU extends its condolences to the families and friends of all those who lost loved ones and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured” says the statement of the European External Action Service.
“These terrorist acts shall not deter the path to peace and security in Somalia.”
“The European Union stands closely with the Somali federal and regional governments and security forces in their efforts to defeat terrorist activities.”
Al Shabaab’s terror attack on an army base in Puntland in Somalia has left a high number of dead and dozens injured.
The EU supports the Sahel countries – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger – in areas of shared interest such as security, migration, terrorism, the humanitarian response, resilience building and long-term development.
The Sahel region faces a number of pressing challenges such as extreme poverty, frequent food and nutrition crises, conflict, high population growth rates, institutional weaknesses, irregular migration and related crimes such as trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling. Violent extremism also poses serious security challenges to the region and has potential spill-over effects outside the region, including Europe.
Brussels. “The new NGO law in Egypt is bound to put additional burden on NGOs’ activities and restrict the space of debate and discussion in the country” – says the statement by the spokesperson of the European External Actions Service (EEAS) on the new NGO law in Egypt.
“It risks making civil society’s contribution to political, economic and social development more difficult”.
“Some provisions, such as the ones related to the registration process, the activities NGOs are allowed to perform and the procedure for receiving domestic and foreign funding, are also likely to directly affect European cooperation assistance to Egypt. Indeed, a large part of our cooperation relies on non-governmental organisations as important implementing partners.”
“A flourishing civil society, able to work in good conditions, is important for democratic and economic development and to help build political stability. We therefore expect the Egyptian government to fully implement and uphold all the guarantees stipulated in the Egyptian Constitution and in international law and standards regarding freedom of expression and association, and the Egyptian authorities to apply the new law in a way that does not intimidate, restrict or criminalize peaceful human rights civil society organizations and their members.”
“Egypt is an important partner for the EU, and we stay committed to strengthening our bilateral cooperation and pursuing a constructive dialogue in all fields of our cooperation.” (Photo: President Al-Sisi)