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(MENAFN - AFP) In the Maasai heartland of southern Kenya, some young men have swapped their ancestral role as lion-hunters to instead protect the big cats under a conservation scheme that also aims to help their community.

Among them is Leiyio Lengete, a "Moran" -- or warrior -- who wears a scarlet blanket over his shoulders, a blue one around his hips, and a multitude of ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) German consumers' mood brightened slightly in September, a monthly survey found on Wednesday, but researchers spotlighted fears of trouble in the wake of Brexit and a summer of violence.

The headline consumer sentiment index from market research firm GfK crept up to 10.2 points in September.

But the pollsters said that "just the announcement that Britain ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Shareholders of brewing giants Anheuser-Busch InBev and rival SABMiller will vote on Wednesday on a blockbuster merger that would create the biggest beer company in the world.

Belgium-based AB InBev, the brewer of Budweiser and Stella Artois, is already the world's top brewer and the SABMiller acquisition for $104 billion is in line to be the third largest ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC) made a low-key debut on the Hong Kong bourse Wednesday, despite notching up the world's biggest IPO in two years aimed at expanding the business.

China's fifth-biggest lender raked in a colossal $7.4 billion in the flotation, with a report in the Chinese language financial news portal Caixin saying a fund linked to investment ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Canada approved a Can$36 billion ($27 billion USD) project by Malaysia's Petronas to build a liquid natural gas pipeline along its Pacific Northwest coast, a massive project targeting Asian markets.

The liquefied natural gas project is the first deal by Canada's year-old Liberal government that goes against environmentalists in the name of the country's economic ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) When farmer Isaac Tondo fell on lean times in Liberia's long rainy season, his brother in the capital sent 8,000 Liberian dollars (US$87) to his Lonestar mobile money account, ensuring his children's school fees would still be paid.

Across Africa more and more people -- from urban start-ups to hard-up villagers -- are now spending, saving and planning for the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Tokyo stocks led a retreat in Asian markets Wednesday as the yen recovered, while regional energy firms struggled with crude prices on concerns about the chances of success at an upcoming producers meeting.

The OPEC oil cartel and Russia are due to gather later Wednesday in Algeria to discuss a global oil glut and overproduction that has strangled prices for ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Festering alongside mountains of stinking trash under the sweltering South American sun, Cateura is a long way from the conservatories of Prague or Vienna.

Yet the township which grew out of Paraguay's largest dump is gaining an unlikely reputation as a hothouse for musical talent -- and for its youth orchestra that plays instruments made from discarded rubbish.

"The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf will forgo $41 million in compensation, the bank's board of directors announced Tuesday, as punishment for a bogus accounts scandal that has rocked the company.

The bank has already apologized and said it fired 5,300 employees tied to the illegal conduct, which saw employees boost sales figures by opening unauthorized deposit and ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Already hobbled by a weak capital base, Deutsche Bank finds itself in the crosshairs of US prosecutors, who have proposed $14 billion in fines over its role in the 2008 financial crisis.

However, given its size and importance, US authorities may be wary of destabilizing the global financial system by penalizing Germany's largest bank too heavily and endangering ...

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