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International Marriage

I found this article by The Economist very interesting as I have often wondered what the success rate of Interntional or Cross-cultural marriages is in comparison to same cultural marriages. My thoughts have always been that marriage with someone who grew up down the road is hard enough let alone...
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TED talk on longevity around the world

I love TED talks and this particular one on longevity around the world was fascinating. Research has show that "outlier" communities tend to have longer and healthier lives and while this might not have much to do with our Westernised culture, international relocations and inter-culture...
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U.S. Senator, Democrat Chris Coons, calls Africa "A Continent of Tremendous Opportunity"

       Senator Chris Coons, a Democrat who chairs the African Affairs Subcommittee in the U.S. Senate recently joined with U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah to recruit more American business investment for Africa.Calling Africa a "...
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African elections during 2012

The election schedule in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2012This year looks to be a full one in terms of political elections taking place across Africa. Numerous countries will be going to the polls in 2012 including Senegal, Ghana and Angola. These elections will no doubt be watched closely by the...
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SA business culture different to rest of Africa

  South African companies should learn to adapt to the different business cultures in the rest of the continent, says Nigerian-born entrepreneur Nissi Ekpott.Nissi Ekpott“The market out in Africa is so much different than South Africa – the structure and how things work. Many...
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Cultural training - Awareness is the key to international success for companies and expats.

 One of the most important and overlooked factors for international  relocation success to foreign markets is cultural awareness.Cultural awareness refers to the ability to appreciate and learn about different cultural values and customs of a foreign country.What may be normal and...
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Guinea Bissau President Malam Bacai Sanha seriously ill

 Malam Bacai Sanha has suffered from health problems since he took office in 2009 The president of Guinea Bissau, Malam Bacai Sanha, has been admitted to hospital in Paris after becoming seriously ill, the BBC has confirmed.Mr Sanha was taken to a hospital in Senegal last week where he...
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South Africa ex-police chief Jackie Selebi loses appeal

A court in South Africa has dismissed an appeal by ex-police chief and Interpol president, Jackie Selebi, against his conviction for taking bribes from a drug dealer.Shortly after hearing the news, Selebi collapsed at home and was taken to hospital, his lawyer says.Selebi, an ex-Interpol president...
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Nigeria's thriving economy lures expats back home

By Jonah Fisher BBC News, Lagos At first glance Tunde Ogunrinde appears completely at home in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos.Armed with a winning smile, the 42 year old chats easily with the staff working behind the till at fast-food restaurant Chicken Republic.But this is all relatively new...
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Nigeria's Lamido Sanusi wins Forbes award

Lamido Sanusi has pledged to root out unethical practices in banks Nigeria's central bank governor Lamido Sanusi has been voted Africa Person of the Year by Forbes magazine.He beat five other candidates for the inaugural award - including Nobel Peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Africa's...
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