Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, to participate in the Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs, via videoconference (07.01.2022)

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, will participate in an extraordinary Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs, to be held on Friday, January 7, 2022, via videoconference (14:00-16:00, Brussels time).

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs are expected to focus on the security situation in Europe, in light of developments regarding Ukraine and in view of the upcoming meeting of the NATO-Russia Council (Brussels, January 12, 2022)

Hisense Plans to Bring More High Performing and High-quality Display Products to African Market in 2022

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jan. 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Hisense, provider of high-performance televisions and appliances, showcased its 8K resolution laser display technology solution and ULED 8K Mini-LED series at the recent Consumer Electronics Show 2022 (“CES 2022”) held in Las Vegas. Following the introduction of the world’s first 8K laser display for homes at the most influential tech event in the world, Hisense will introduce two more high-end products to the African market this January, with more high performing products coming later in 2022.

Hisense Plans to Bring More High Performing and High-quality Display Products to African Market in 2022

“Through continuous technological innovation, Hisense is breaking through technical barriers bringing laser TVs from 1080P to 2K to 4K and now on to 8K, driving the global laser TV industry into the TriChroma era. We are committed to bringing trustworthy products to millions of our users in Africa through outstanding design, leading technology and excellent service,” said Patrick Hu, marketing director of Hisense South Africa.

Featuring Hisense’s TriChroma laser engine that reaches up to 3000 lumens peak brightness, the L9G TriChroma Laser TV will be available in the region of Africa this January. It is a 4K ultra short throw projection TV with a triple-laser, using pure red, green, and blue lasers to achieve new levels of color performance. It has won the “King of Ultra Short Throw Projectors” and named Best in Class by Projector Reviews and awarded Editor’s Choice by Projector Central in 2021.

In addition to the L9G, Hisense will also launch the 4K Mini-LED U9G TV in the African market this month. In June 2022, the new 4K Mini-LED U8H TV will bring even more premium upgrades and quality performance to consumers in the region. With screen sizes ranging from 55 to 75-inches, the 120Hz native refresh rate of the U8H provides a foundation for smooth clarity and motion handling, making action movies and sports look great on the screen.

In 2022, Hisense is implementing its Mini LED technology into its new premium 8K Mini-LED TV product for the first time, delivering stunning HDR performance with better contrast, brighter images, and more impressive colors than ever before. Hisense 8K Mini LED TV won CES® 2022 Innovation Award, and this advanced technology will also be brought to the African market. The flagship U80H 8K Mini LED TV is set to be launched in the African market in July 2022.

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Zenas BioPharma Appoints Dr. John Orloff to Board of Directors

BOSTON and SHANGHAI, China, Jan. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zenas BioPharma, a global biopharmaceutical company committed to becoming a leader in the development and delivery of immune-based therapies, today announced the appointment of John Orloff, MD to its Board of Directors. Dr. Orloff joins the Zenas Board with over 25 years of experience successfully leading global research and development organizations across multiple therapeutic areas including autoimmune diseases.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Orloff to the Zenas Board of Directors,” said Lonnie Moulder, Founder and Executive Chairman of Zenas. “John’s leadership and extensive expertise in research, development, and medical and regulatory affairs will be invaluable as we advance our portfolio of innovative immune-based therapeutics and continue to expand our pipeline via business development.”

“I am delighted to work with the Zenas leadership team and fellow directors as the Company rapidly progresses an exciting immune-based pipeline,” said Dr. Orloff. “I look forward to contributing to the Company’s continued development as it strives to deliver on its mission to bring innovative medicines to patients in need.”

Dr. Orloff currently serves as a venture partner with Agent Capital. In his most recent executive role, he served as Executive Vice President and Head of Research and Development at Alexion where his leadership in expanding the development pipeline to 30 programs supported the recent $39 billion acquisition of Alexion by AstraZeneca.

Prior to Alexion, Dr. Orloff served as Global Head of R&D and Chief Scientific Officer at Baxalta, and has also held executive leadership roles with Novelion, Baxter International, Merck Serono, Novartis and Merck Research Laboratories. Before entering the biopharmaceutical industry, he was a faculty member of the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Orloff received an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College, earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine and completed a fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at Yale University School of Medicine.

About Zenas BioPharma

Zenas BioPharma is a global biopharmaceutical company based in the USA and China committed to becoming a leader in the development and delivery of immune-based therapies for patients in the US, China and around the world. Zenas is rapidly advancing a deep pipeline of innovative therapeutics that continues to grow through our successful business development strategy. Our experienced leadership team and network of business partners drive operational excellence to deliver potentially transformative therapies to improve the lives of those facing autoimmune and rare diseases. For more information about Zenas BioPharma, please visit and follow us on Twitter at @ZenasBioPharma and LinkedIn.

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Zenas BioPharma

Niger police seize record 200kg of cocaine from Mayor’s car

NIAMEY— A local mayor and his driver have been arrested in a desert in northern Niger with more than 200kg of cocaine in their vehicle, police say.

The two suspects, who have not been named, were allegedly transporting the drug to Libya after it had been smuggled into the country from Mali.

Niger’s drug policing agency said it was the largest quantity of cocaine seized in the West African country.

Drug smuggling and police seizures are becoming more common in the region.

Niger’s Central Office for the Repression of Illicit Drug Trafficking (OCRTIS) said on Wednesday that police had been aware of a large quantity of cocaine being transported through the country towards Libya, and had been following the trail.

“[The investigation] led to the seizure on 2 January of 199 bricks of cocaine – weighing a total of 214kg – in a vehicle belonging to the mayor’s office in Fachi,” OCRTIS spokeswoman Nana Aichatou Ousmane Bako said.

The vehicle had left Fachi and was heading towards Libya for the town of Dirkou when it was stopped on Sunday.

“It’s the first time that our country has seized such a big quantity of cocaine,” Bako said, adding that the drugs were heading for Europe, where they had an estimated street value of about $19m.

The mayor and his driver were taken to Niger’s capital, Niamey, for questioning.

Fachi is an oasis in the Tenere desert about 400km north of the town of Agadez. It is known as a trading centre for salt and dates.

The region is used as a route for multiple types of trafficking – such as moving drugs between South America and Europe and migrant smuggling.


Kenya declares curfew in parts of coastal region over insecurity

NAIROBI— The Kenyan government imposed a 30-day dusk-to-dawn curfew on areas affected by insecurity in the coastal Lamu County.

The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government said the curfew follows the recent surge of attacks in the region where seven people have been killed and two others abducted in the past two days.

“Incidences of criminal attacks that have led to the loss of seven innocent lives have been reported in Widho Sub-location, Majembeni Location of Lamu County and Lamu Central Subcounty,” the ministry said in a statement issued in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

The statement follows a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) which discussed attacks in parts of Lamu County.

The Council which met under the chairmanship of President Uhuru Kenyatta Wednesday later issued a number of orders to be implemented as part of efforts to address new insecurity threats in the area.

Among them was the declaration of the four divisions in the county as a disturbed area.

“The attacks have also occasioned the destruction of private property and unsettled residents in the affected and surrounding areas,” the ministry said.

The NSC also directed the immediate deployment of a multi-agency security team to mop-up illegal firearms and activities in the affected areas.

“Residents in the Disturbed Areas are requested to cooperate with the security agencies and to share information on suspicious persons and activities,” the ministry said.

The move follows two separate attacks in the area that left seven people dead and several houses torched.