Sudan‘s President Omar al-Bashir was re-elected with 94.5 percent of a vote boycotted by major opposition parties. Simultaneously, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev won re-election with 97.7 percent of the vote after facing no real challenge from his two rivals.
Riots and looting erupted in Baltimore, USA, after Freddie Gray‘s funeral, causing scenes of civil war and prompting a state of emergency and a city-wide curfew. 25-year-old Gray died a week after his arrest by police forces.
Violent riots are extending between demonstrators and law enforcement forces in Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi where opponents to the candidacy of Pierre Nkurunziza for a third mandate went on the streets and protested.
Saudi Arabia finally continued military air strikes in Yemen although it announced its end. With Riyadh’s massing special troops at the border with Yemen, there is fear that the situation degenerates further between the Saudi Kingdom and the Iran-backed Houthis.
French company Capgemini’s stock skyrocketed 7 percent after it announced it will acquire US-based rival IGate and increased revenue by 10.5 percent in Q1 2015 thanks to strong growth in North America.
China now has the second-largest wine-growing area in the world after Spain, pushing France into third place, according to figures released by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). However France remains the biggest producer and seller of wine in the world.
“One economic uncertainty stands out, that of continuing UK membership of the EU,” HSBC Chairman Douglas Flint told CNNMoney after he warned the bank could move its HQ out of the UK because of “the regulatory and structural reforms which have been put in place post crisis.” The HSBC has 8,500 employees in London’s Canary Wharf, its biggest office worldwide.
Greece’s is in the eye of a possible new financial storm, yet it does not have adequate online communication means for its policies to be better understood by media and the public opinion. For instance, the press room of Greece’s Ministry of Finance is rather incomplete if not empty. Greece should dedicate a bit more means for its online communication.
EU leaders agreed to mobilize all efforts at their disposal to prevent further loss of life at sea and to tackle the root causes of the human emergency. “The problems we face will not be met with solutions if we deal only with illegal immigration,” said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has handed Deutsche Bank AG a $340 million fine, its largest ever for LIBOR and EURIBOR-related (collectively known as IBOR) misconduct. “This case stands out for the seriousness and duration of the breaches by Deutsche Bank,” FCA official Georgina Philippou said.
Petrobras presented a loss of $7.18 billion in 2014, in part due to the charges of the Federal Police’s “Operação Lava Jato” anti-corruption investigation. However the group’s oil and natural gas production (in Brazil and abroad) rose by 5% in relation to 2013, reaching an average of 2.699 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe) in 2014.Get more In Brief...