April 30, 2010 Nº 900 - Vol. 8


"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results."

Willie Nelson

In today's Law Firm Marketing, Fear of embarrassment a powerful motivator; can work for you or against you.
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  • Top News

UN Security Council urges international maritime piracy tribunal

The UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously approved Resolution 1918, calling on member states to criminalize piracy under their domestic laws and urging Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to consider an international tribunal for prosecuting piracy. In the resolution, the Security Council noted its previous resolutions regarding piracy, particularly piracy off the coast of Somalia, as well as the continuing security issues posed by piracy. The ineffectual nature of past resolutions, combined with the lack of action by the Somali government and the difficulties faced by Kenya, one of the few African nations to attempt to prosecute piracy, may have led to the inclusion of the request that the secretary-general investigate options for UN prosecution of piracy. Russia, a permanent member of the Security Council, had previously proposed that the UN establish a special court for Somali pirates. The resolution asks that the Secretary General's report on prosecutorial options be completed within three months.

US Senate begins debate on new Wall Street regulations

The Senate has begun debating proposals for the most significant reforms to financial regulations since the 1930s. After days of deadlock, Republicans and Democrats began arguing over a bill aimed at bringing accountability to Wall Street and avoid another financial meltdown. The key battlegrounds of the debates will be measures to restrict trades in complex financial instruments, called derivatives, and the powers proposed for a new agency to protect consumers.

Lessons of The Am Law 100

It could have been worse. That's the best that can be said for the performance last year of The Am Law 100, the top-grossing law firms in the nation. Three of the four key categories we've measured for 25 years -- gross revenue, head count and revenue per lawyer -- fell, while profits per equity partner (PPP) barely increased by 0.3 percent, or $3,463, to $1.26 million. But on average, even the bad results weren't nearly as dire as many firms had feared just a year ago. Overall, gross revenue was off by 3.4 percent, and head count dropped by about 1 percent. The firms earned a total of $64.8 billion, down roughly $2.3 billion. And, in the first year-over-year reduction in head count since 1993, they cut their lawyer labor force by 1,219, to 80,772. For all the heated attention to layoffs, about half the firms actually increased their size last year. RPL, which we regard as the most telling economic indicator, was down $15,697, to $802,381, a 2 percent fall. This was the second consecutive year in which RPL fell, another sign of the toll of the weak economy.

Sovereign debt may hurt markets for decade

Mounting government debt may weigh on stocks and bonds in the U.S., the U.K. and other parts of Europe for as long as a decade and result in a "dull" outlook for some markets, according to fund managers.

Brazil trades A-rated as Lula growth makes debt safer than Russia, Bahrain

Brazil's credit rating, raised to investment grade two years ago, is poised to increase as the economy grows at the fastest pace since 2007, trading in credit- default swaps show. The cost to protect Brazil bonds, ranked BBB- by Standard & Poor's, from default for five years fell seven basis points this month to 122 basis points, or 1.22 percentage points.

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  • Crumbs

1 - Brazil's Lula most influential, Time magazine says (Click here)

2 - Belgian parliament to vote on burqa ban (Click here)

3 - New health care law traps some in pricey state plans (Click here)

4 - President Obama backs bills to limit corporate political spending (Click here)

5 - Latin America will expand in 2010 (Click here)

6 - European MEPs remain unconvinced of Ashton's proposal for new diplomatic corps (Click here)

7 - Oklahoma governor vetos firearm legislation (Click here)

8 - Woman claims genetic discrimination at work (Click here)

9 - Crime laws will cost billions: minister (Click here)

10 - Eyes on Germany as debt crisis spreads (Click here)

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Shanghai Expo is China's new showcase to the world

The World Expo is opening in the Chinese city of Shanghai - the first time a developing country has hosted the event. At least 70 million visitors - almost all of them Chinese - are expected to visit pavilions and exhibitions staged by more than 240 countries and organizations from around the world. The first one - the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in London in 1851 - was designed to demonstrate Britain's industrial, military and economic superiority. To China, this year's Shanghai World Expo is no less important.

Bejing revises law on state secrets

China's legislature approved a revision to the country's law on state secrets that makes more explicit the responsibilities of government agencies—and companies—to help protect a range of sensitive information. The changes, however, keep vague the definition of what constitutes a state secret. The amendment explicitly extends requirements to Internet companies and telecommunications operators to cooperate with Chinese authorities in investigations into leaks of state secrets.

  • Law Firm Marketing

Fear of embarrassment a powerful motivator; can work for you or against you

by Trey Ryder

HOW FEAR OF EMBARRASSMENT CAN WORK AGAINST YOU

Most of us go to great lengths to avoid embarrassment.

Certainly, you don't want to be embarrassed in front of your clients, colleagues or family. Employees don't want to be embarrassed in front of their co-workers or bosses. Partners don't want to be embarrassed in front of their subordinates.

You can help overcome your prospects' fear of embarrassment and make them comfortable by addressing these common reasons for embarrassment.

1.
Prospects don't know how to pronounce your name. If your prospect doesn't know how to say your name, he might avoid calling you or approaching you at a seminar for fear that he might mispronounce it. If you know that some people occasionally mispronounce your name, you can help prospects avoid embarrassment by including a few words in your biography that explain how your name sounds. Three of my former clients come to mind. Bob Giauque (pronounced juke). Bob Korljan (pronounced kor-ee-on). Joe Volin (pronounced as in 'volun'-teer). A little help like this makes prospects much more comfortable.

2.
Prospects can't afford your fee. If your prospect doesn't know what you would charge to handle a legal matter, he might be afraid to call you. You can help overcome his fear by (1) making fee information easily available so prospects aren't later surprised and possibly embarrassed when they learn your charges, and (2) making clear to prospects that you will work with them and welcome installment payments, if you are so inclined.

3.
Prospects don't understand your explanation. No matter how simply you think you explain something, occasionally you'll discover that you are talking over your prospects' heads. Some people hesitate to say they don't understand because they don't want to look stupid. Stay alert for signs that the other person doesn't understand what you're saying. And even if your prospect doesn't admit that he doesn't understand, if you see a troubled or confused look on his face, restate your point again using different and simpler words.

4.
Prospects don't know whether your initial consultation is free. Prospects might be willing to meet with you for an initial discussion, but they may not want to be obligated to pay for anything until they decide whether to hire your services. Yet if they aren't clear whether your first meeting is free, they might call one of your competitors who offers a free consultation rather than risk being embarrassed or perceived as cheap when they call your office.

You might think everyone knows your initial consultations are free. But what matters isn't what you know or what everyone else knows. All that matters is what this prospect knows, and he might not be sure. Make sure your marketing materials clearly spell out the cost, if any, of an initial meeting. And if the first meeting is free, make this absolutely clear: 'You're welcome to meet with me for free, without cost or obligation of any kind.'

5.
Prospects don't know whether you'll accept their case. In most instances, your prospect's case must meet certain criteria before you will accept it. Can you imagine how a person feels -- after facing a legal problem and then deciding to call a lawyer -- when he hears the lawyer say, "Sorry, your case doesn't measure up"? The lawyer probably won't use those exact words, but the meaning clearly comes through.

And so on.

You talk with prospects all the time. You know how clearly you explain their problems and the solutions you can provide. But realize that while all this information is second nature to you -- (you could probably explain these things in your sleep!) -- the information is new to your prospect.

Also, if your prospect has a legal problem, the stress he feels from that problem -- plus the other things on his mind -- mean that he is probably not absorbing information as quickly or precisely as he usually does. So cut your prospect some slack. Realize that only part of what you're saying is actually sinking in. Go the extra mile to make sure your prospect understands what you want him to know.

If you don't, you could lose a client without ever knowing why. And the reason may be because he was not clear about something but was too embarrassed to tell you.

HOW FEAR OF EMBARRASSMENT CAN WORK FOR YOU

You can take advantage of your prospect's fear of embarrassment by making clear all the ways your prospect will avoid embarrassment by hiring you.

Here are a few examples:

Estate Planning: If you hire me to create your living trust portfolio, everything in your estate plan will remain private. Your spouse and family will never have to go through the embarrassment of having their personal affairs -- and dirty laundry -- strewn throughout courthouse records, as happens during a probate. Your neighbors will never know that you don't have the amount of money you told them you had. And your friends will never find out that your favorite diamond is really fake, a fact that would be disclosed in probate records when the stone is appraised.

(You would do well to make these statements more tactfully than I stated them here.)

Personal Injury: If you hire me to represent you in your accident claim, you can be sure I'll work hard to get you the amount of money you deserve. You certainly don't want to handle the case yourself, and then be embarrassed when one of your friends tells you that he got three times the amount of money you received for a similar injury. Also, if you try to work with the insurance adjuster, you will probably feel embarrassed by your lack of knowledge. Once the adjuster realizes how little you know, he will try every trick in his book to get you to settle for a fraction of what your case is really worth.

Business Law: If you hire me to negotiate this deal for you, I think you'll come away with a far better result than if you hired a less experienced lawyer. After all, your opponent has a battery of high-powered lawyers working to protect his interests. If you don't hire equally skilled counsel, the word will get around that you were out-gunned during the negotiation, which will clearly hurt your reputation in your industry.

As you build your marketing argument, consider the many ways your prospect might be embarrassed -- in front of different groups -- if he doesn't hire your services. Ask yourself, How will this person be embarrassed in front of his family? How will he be embarrassed in front of his colleagues? How will he be embarrassed in front of his vendors?

Then explain to your prospect how you will protect him from embarrassment when he hires your services.

Here are steps you can take to help protect your prospect.

1.
Make sure your marketing materials answer every question your prospects might ask. Because if they don't, your prospect might be too embarrassed to raise the question himself.

2.
Work hard to overcome anything that might embarrass your prospect during the process of hiring your services. If he thinks he might be embarrassed in front of you, your prospect might go to another lawyer.

3.
Make sure your prospect knows all the ways you will insulate him from embarrassment. Make sure he clearly understands that by hiring your services, you'll take the heat for him, you'll protect him, and you'll work hard to see that he gets the best possible result.

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  • Historia Verdadeira

Coca cola – Polar

El vicepresidente ejecutivo de la compañía, Cristián Mandiola, adelantó que las inversiones de Coca Cola Polar ascenderán este año a US$ 78 mlls., que se desglosan en US$ 16 millones en Chile, US$ 33 millones en Argentina y US$ 29 millones en Paraguay. Los recursos estarán dirigidos especialmente a aumentar la capacidad instalada, incrementos en el parque de activos de mercado, envases y logística.

Adiós a la chatarra

El gobierno de Cuba derogó resolución que permitía importar motores y carrocerías de automóviles y motocicletas, la medida fue viable luego que hace dos el gobierno cde la isla suspendiera otra reglamentación que permitió fugazmente a los cubanos importar autos para reemplazar sus vehículos antiguos.

TLC – China

China está interesado en suscribir, cuanto antes, un Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) con Colombia para ampliar las oportunidades de negocio entre ambas naciones y así aprovechar las ventajas complementarias de cada economía.

Banca

Banco de Venezuela y Caixa de Brasil firmaron acuerdo de creación de corresponsalías no bancarias. El banco carioca aportará la asesoría técnica y el acompañamiento, mientras que la institución financiera criolla aportará los recursos económicos para llevar adelante este proyecto. (Presione aquí)

  • Brief News

Exit strategy

The impact of Greece's financial woes is being felt ever more keenly in European financial markets as fears grow that some kind of debt default may be inevitable. An IMF-backed European rescue package is still being negotiated, but events may outstrip the EU's ability to contain them. So what are the possible scenarios? Can Greece find an exit strategy or is it just forestalling disaster?

1:
bail-out succeeds

At the moment, a 45bn-euro ($59.4bn; £39.1bn) rescue package is under discussion. But its paymasters - other eurozone nations plus the International Monetary Fund - have yet to agree details of how it would work. Sever economic shortfalls require a severe program of fiscal austerity. But since the spending cuts already announced have provoked widespread strikes and protests, the government in Athens may not have the stomach for further tightening.

2:
debt restructuring

If Greece cannot meet its debt obligations, it will eventually have to come clean and tell its creditors that they won't be getting all the money they were owed. However, if they play ball, they will get most of it, but perhaps not as quickly as they had expected. This process is euphemistically known as "debt restructuring". For it to work, holders of Greek government bonds would have to accept less than they were worth - in the jargon of the markets, "take a haircut". According to analysts, the size of that haircut could be anything between 20% and 50%.

3:
GREECE abandons the euro

Greece also needs to restore economic competitiveness. That means realigning itself with other big European economies by cutting wage costs and prices. The traditional way of doing that was to devalue your currency. But as a eurozone member, Greece no longer has that option. It would, though, increase the size of Greece's debt mountain, which would remain denominated in euros.

4:
default

But if you're contemplating a stealth default in Greece, what about an outright default? How bad could it be? Well, it would be big. Bigger than Russia's 1998 default and Argentina's 2001 default put together, in fact. And the consequences would be felt mainly by the big EU economies that are currently dragging their heels on a bail-out deal. For reasons of self-interest, therefore, the EU is likely to go to any lengths to stop Greece defaulting.

5:
tax reform

Given that Argentina is one of the precedents for what is happening in Greece today, it might be worth paying attention to the views of former Argentine economy minister Domingo Cavallo. He argues that Greece could cut its high labor costs and balance its books by a program of tax reform. Payroll taxes, where collected, add hugely to the cost of creating jobs, but they are widely evaded, he points out. As a result, he suggests, raising the VAT rate to 25% across the board, instead of the current differential rates that vary from 4.5% to 19%, would allow the government to scrap payroll taxes entirely and collect more revenue.

Goldman scrutinized by U.S. prosecutors examining SEC case

Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating transactions by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., accused of misleading investors by U.S. securities regulators, to determine whether to pursue a criminal fraud case, according to two people familiar with the matter. The burden of proof in a criminal case would be higher than in the SEC's civil case. Criminal allegations have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Belgium votes on burqa ban

Belgium's lower house of parliament passed the ban Thursday, but the measure faces a challenge in the Senate. The law's author said a burqa raises security issues and clashes with the principles of an emancipated society that respects the rights of all.

Tough Arizona immigration law faces legal challenges

A tough new anti-immigration law in the US state of Arizona is facing its first legal challenges. Critics say the new legislation, which requires police to question anyone they suspect may be in the country illegally, targets Hispanic minorities. A Latino Christian group and an Arizona police officer have filed lawsuits. Even though most Arizonans support the measure, it has sparked protest and controversy nationwide.

Terror suspects' spouses win benefits challenge

European judges say the wives of suspected terrorists in the UK should not face controls on benefits because their husband's assets are frozen. The case, referred up to European Court of Justice by the former Law Lords, involved three families who appealed against Treasury restrictions. The court, which rules on EU law, said that basic social aid was unlikely to be used to fund terrorist activities.

Brazil court rules Viagra patent ends in June

Brazil's top appeals court has ruled that the patent on Viagra expires next month in the South American nation, a year earlier than argued by the manufacturer. That means other companies can begin making generic versions of the erectile dysfunction drug in June. Pfizer Inc., which holds the patent, contends its patent runs until June 2011. Pfizer says it sold $96.5 million worth of Viagra in Brazil last year. That was its third-biggest market after the U.S. and Britain.

New questions over Google's Street View in Germany

Google's plan to offer Street View photo mapping in Germany, which has bumped up against the country's strict privacy laws, has come in for renewed criticism after regulators learned that the company, a search engine giant, was also archiving the locations of household wireless networks. Germany's data protection administrator, Peter Schaar, asked Google to end the practice immediately. But Google has continued to collect the data.

Google wins copyright infringement case

Google scored a related victory Thursday when Germany's Supreme Court dismissed an artist's claim that Google's photo search function, which had displayed thumbnail photos of some paintings from her Internet site, had violated her copyright. The court ruled that the artist, by voluntarily displaying her paintings on her Internet site, must take responsibility for how they are displayed by search engines.

Airlines approach final deal to merge

Continental Airlines and UAL are expected to announce Monday that they are merging to form the world's largest airline by traffic.

EU courts hold to legal curb

A legal adviser at the EU's highest court roundly rejected arguments that attorney-client privilege should apply to in-house corporate lawyers in EU cases.

EU emitters face deadline today as carbon prices overcome recession, fraud

More than 11,000 emitters face rising carbon prices and a European deadline today for handing over permits to the world's largest cap-and-trade system.

Japan abolishes statute of limitations for murder

The Japanese Diet on Tuesday approved a bill abolishing the statute of limitations for murder. The new law abolishes the statute of limitations for serious capital crimes, which was previously 25 years, and extends the limitation period for sexual assault and other crimes resulting in death from 15 to 30 years. The law also doubles prison terms for other crimes resulting in death. Japanese Justice Minister Keiko Chiba utilized the new law Tuesday to keep open an unsolved case from 1995 that was set to expire at midnight. While criminal procedure laws are normally not enacted for at least a week while they are reviewed by the emperor prior to publication, this law was enforced immediately to keep unsolved cases open.

  • Daily Press Review

Oil slick reaches US shores
Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar

Iraq: Allawi's List Threatens Civil Disobedience
Asharq Al-Awsat, Pan-Arab daily, London, England

Man denies trafficking in hashish
Gulf News, Independent daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Lieberman: Proximity talks to begin in two weeks
Haaretz, Liberal daily, Tel Aviv, Israel

MIDEAST: Egypt, Hamas Complicit in Israel's Gaza Blockade
IPS Middle East, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

Abbas urged to name deputy
JPost, Conservative, Jerusalem, Israel

'Make a wish' brightens lives
Khaleej Times, English-language daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Saudi campaign to teach youth importance of saving
Middle East North African Network, Online financial portal, Amman, Jorda

Gulf Coast Oil Spill Spreads Out of Control
Nahamet, Online news portal, Beirut, Lebanon

Panel formed on Lebanon poll law
Saudi Gazette, English-language daily, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Ahmadinejad plans to join UN nuclear talks
The Daily Star, Independent daily, Beirut, Lebanon

Egyptian court convicts 26 men of Hezbollah links
Times of Oman, English-language daily, Muscat, Oman

Untold story of the suicide bomber
Yemen Observer, Sana'a, Republic of Yemen

Flashpoint: Al-Qaida anxiety
The terrorist threat exists far away, but also looms near
Yemen Times, (Independent weekly), Sana'a, Republic of Yemen

Leaders in last TV debate appeals
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

Dillon to start at full-back for Cork
BreakingNews.ie, Online news portal, Cork, Ireland

Bankers' pay 'astonishingly high'
Daily Express, Conservative tabloid, London, England

Election debate: Victory for David Cameron as he turns fire on Nick Clegg
Daily Mail, Conservative daily, London, England

Average Dutch download speed increases to more than 10 Mbps
DMeurope, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

USA: Obama sends cabinet members to assess crisis as oil reaches Louisiana coast
France 24, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

Russian adoption draft ready for US
Hurriyet Daily News, (Liberal, English-language), Istanbul, Turkey

LOOK Loves Topshop Waffle Lace Up Wood Wedges, GBP 68
Look Magazine, London, England

Major search underway on Cumbrian lake
News & Star, Independent daily, Carlisle, England

EU, China Discuss How, Not If, To Sanction Iran
Radio Free Europe, Prague, Czech Republic

Polls Suggest Cameron Wins Final Debate
Sky News, Independent newscaster, Middlesex, England

Built On Salt: The Leaning Tower of Bad Frankenhausen
Spiegel International, Liberal newsmagazine, Hamburg, Germany

Cameron comes out top - but Brown battles on
The Guardian, Liberal daily, London, England

Michael McCarthy: This couldn't have happened at a worse time or a worse place
The Independent, London, England

Oil rises to $85 a barrel
The Irish Times, Centrist daily, Dublin, Ireland

Dunkin' Donuts Prepares to Reinvest in Russia
The Moscow Times, Independent daily, Moscow, Russia

Scrambled Clegg and toast .. but Cam's full of beans
The Sun, London, England

General Election 2010: let's hear it for Lancastrian women like Gillian Duffy
The Telegraph, London, England

Laura Bush speaks about car crash which killed friend
The Telegraph, Conservative daily, London, England

Size matters at Shanghai Expo 2010
Times Online, Conservative daily, London, England

Bakrie Tower uses VMS for security purposes
Antara News, News agency, Jakarta, Indonesia

HP is Palm's savior in US$1.4-billion deal
China Post, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

10th Seoul International Financial Forum Kicks Off
Chosun Ilbo, Conservative daily, Seoul, South Korea

Baitullah's tape to be produced in ATC
Dawn, English-language daily, Karachi, Pakistan

Medvedev signed agreement on Black Sea fleet of Russia
Gazeta.kz, Official online newspaper, Kazakhstan

Massive oil slick inches closer to Louisiana coast
Hindustan Times, New Delhi, India

Five women devotees killed in Haryana stampede
India Express, News portal, Mumbai, India

Pleasant morning in Delhi, rains likely
India Times, Conservative daily, New Delhi, India

Kyoto's temples of gastronomy
Japan Times, Independent centrist, Tokyo, Japan

RM17.3mil worth of pirated goods seized in the first 4 months
Malaysian Star, Online news portal, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Thai protesters storm major hospital
New Zealand Herald, Conservative daily, Auckland, New Zealand

Commander surrenders
Pajhwok Afghan News, (Independent news agency), Kabul, Afghanistan

Thousands of U.S. workers protest on Wall Street
People's Daily Online, English-language, Beijing, China

Singh to stand trial for helping killer driver flee Australia
Sify News, Chennai, India

Iconic role for Katie
Sydney Morning Herald, Centrist daily, Sydney, Australia

Sarkozys visit Great Wall
Taiwan News, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

Asteroid named after Cloud Gate Dance Theatre
Taiwan Today, Government Information Office, Taipei, Taiwan

Brit polls indicates Tory leader Cameron winning final debate
Thaindian News, Bangkok, Thailand

India and Pakistan put dialogue back on track
The Hindu, Left-leaning daily, Chennai, India

JOSIAH IS MBE...Only C'bean person to receive Queen's New Year award
Antigua Sun Online, Independent daily, St. John's, Antigua

Victim slams police over Col. Williams case
Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Air Jamaica workers keep jobs, government gets CAL shares
Caribbean360, Online news portal, St. Michael, Barbados

Budget debate runs late
Cayman Net News, Online news portal, George Town, Cayman Islands

Dominican deputy responds to U.S. official's visit with a warning
Dominican Today, Independent daily, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Mexico, Journey of Terror for Central American Migrants
IPS Latin America, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

Air Jamaica staff relief - Caribbean Airlines to rehire 1,000 workers
Jamaica Gleaner, Independent daily, Kingston, Jamaica

Peru: Over 200 companies implemented eco-efficiency policies
Living in Peru, News portal, Lima, Peru

Suns advance to second round
The Globe and Mail, Centrist daily, Toronto, Canada

Residents unaware of roof blaze
Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario

657 students to vote as special electors
Trinidad Guardian, Independent daily, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Kenya 'cemetery scam' charges denied
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

Pope urges end to war, education of youth in Congo
CongoPlanet.com, Independent online news aggregator

Mob attacks CEPS personnel at Wli-Afegame
GhanaWeb, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Copycat attack in China
iafrica, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Soweto Gospel Choir member gunned down
Independent Online, News portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Ethiopian appointed CEO of Nigerian Airlines
Jimma Times, Online news portal, Jimma, Ethiopia

Greece nears deal over 120bn rescue
Mail & Guardian Online, Liberal, Johannesburg, South Africa

US faces disaster as oil reaches coast
News24.com, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Iwu's sack: Journalists get death threat SMS
Vanguard, Independent daily, Lagos, Nigeria
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