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Peppa Pig to get new owner GI Joe maker Hasbro

NEW YORK — Hasbro is going whole hog on Peppa Pig.The maker of Monopoly and GI Joe will pay about $4 billion to buy Entertainment One Ltd., a British entertainment company that produces “Peppa Pig,” ”PJ Masks” and other animated shows for preschoolers.“Peppa Pig,” which stars a pink cartoon pig with a British accent, airs worldwide and is translated into over 40 languages.Shares in Entertainment One jumped 30% in London on Friday.Hasbro Inc., based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, says the deal will help it turn more of its toy brands into shows or movies. Many of its brands, including My Little Pony and Transformers, already appear in TV shows and movies.The deal is expected to close before the end of the year.The Associated Press

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Amid diminishing window of opportunity Libyan peace talks set to resume

“The parties underscored the need to urgently resume the dialogue process as the only viable means of finding a peaceful solution to Libya’s political crisis and bringing a durable end to the military conflict that has brought much suffering to the Libyan people,” the Mission confirmed in a statement issued earlier today.UNSMIL noted that the parties had agreed to the UN proposal for the upcoming round of talks and were prepared to focus on addressing the formation of a government of national unity, including the discussion about the future prime minister and deputy prime ministers. Moreover, the Mission added, the stakeholders would also discuss security arrangements to pave the way for a comprehensive ceasefire, the phased withdrawal of all armed groups from towns and cities, measures for weapons and arms control, and adequate monitoring and implementation mechanisms as well as the completion of the constitution drafting process within clear timelines. “The Libyan people have paid a huge price and have suffered much over the past months,” continued the statement. “At this critical juncture in Libya’s transition and in view of a rapidly diminishing window of opportunity for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Libya, UNSMIL appeals to all parties to approach the next round of talks with a spirit of constructive engagement and strong sense of national responsibility.”The Mission also called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in order to create “a conducive environment for the talks” and urged all parties to “desist from engaging in reciprocal attacks that only serve to escalate tensions and contribute to further violence.”The planned meeting follows recent political and security developments, particularly the recent deadly terrorist bombings in the city of Al-Qubbah and the decision of the House of Representatives in Libya to suspend its participation in the political dialogue. The latest wave of violence has further rattled the war-weary nation, in conflict since the beginning of its civil war in 2011, which resulted in the ouster of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.The attack in Al-Qubbah killed at least 45 people and injured scores of others when one bomber detonated his vehicle near a gas station on 20 February. The initial bombing was immediately followed by two car explosions near the home of Libya’s Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Government’s security headquarters.The Mission noted that all parties expressed their “unequivocal condemnation” of the terrorist attack and outrage at “the senseless loss of innocent lives.” In addition, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino León, who also heads up UNSMIL, stressed that “the most effective tool for countering the danger posed by terrorist groups” remained the enforcement of Libyan unity. As a result, he stressed the UN’s “unwavering commitment” to supporting the future national unity government against terrorism. read more

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