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Italy’s Matteo Renzi disappoints with economy mired in trouble

Italy’s Matteo Renzi disappoints with economy mired in trouble

ITALY’S economy continues to be mired in trouble with no structural reform, taxes and public spending on the rise, high unemployment - [...]

Islamist surge must be a wake-up call for the West

Islamist surge must be a wake-up call for the West

THE WESTERN coalition of forces currently operating in Iraq and Syria against ISIS - the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria - has seen fit to [...]

China’s power threatens new BRICS bank’s prospects

China’s power threatens new BRICS bank’s prospects

THE WESTERN dominance of international lending, exemplified by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, will soon be challenged [...]

Oil-producing countries vulnerable as world energy prices fall

Oil-producing countries vulnerable as world energy prices fall

FALLING oil prices from a peak of more than US$125 per barrel in early 2012 to US$80 in October 2014 appear to reflect a weakening global [...]

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Balkans treaties fail to deliver their goals after 20 years

Balkans treaties fail to deliver their goals after 20 years

PEACE treaties reached under international mediation ended the Balkans wars, but not their causes. Peace-building was not followed by [...]

Teamwork is the key as Indonesia’s new cabinet starts work

Teamwork is the key as Indonesia’s new cabinet starts work

INDONESIA’S new president, Joko Widodo, has marked his arrival with a series of unconventional moves. He presented his cabinet with the [...]

Obama’s foreign policy challenges to escape domestic impasse

Obama’s foreign policy challenges to escape domestic impasse

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama's international agenda was highly ambitious but the results are modest so far. Some of his most important [...]

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Francois Hollande fails to drive through French economic reform

Francois Hollande fails to drive through French economic reform

BRUSSELS is becoming more critical of France’s inability to control its public finances. Some ratings agencies downgraded the outlook on [...]

China leads the world’s e-commerce revolution

China leads the world’s e-commerce revolution

CHINA has more internet users than the entire population of the United States. And its retail market is already taking advantage of, and [...]

Counting the cost of global corruption

Counting the cost of global corruption

CORRUPTION is everywhere across the globe, according to an index from Transparency International. Two thirds of the world scores less than [...]

More Energy
Top businesses back Japan’s energy move to hydrogen

Top businesses back Japan’s energy move to hydrogen

WITH the horrors of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident still vivid in people’s minds, the contours of Japan’s new energy strategy are [...]

Energy plays key part in Tunisia’s post revolution recovery

Energy plays key part in Tunisia’s post revolution recovery

TUNISIA is a small yet powerful country which opened a new chapter in the history of the Arab world when, in 2011, it initiated the wave [...]

Free market reforms can meet rising energy demands

Free market reforms can meet rising energy demands

ENERGY resources are not confined by political borders, nor are they evenly distributed. Markets are increasingly international, from the [...]

More Defence & Security
Sweden puts security of Baltic states at risk

Sweden puts security of Baltic states at risk

THE RUSSIAN military is flexing its muscles, and Ukraine is not alone in feeling the heat. In the Baltic states, security is also at [...]

Foreign fighter 'pipelines' see new wave of transnational terrorism

Foreign fighter 'pipelines' see new wave of transnational terrorism

THE THREAT of ‘fighters’ flowing to and from the battles in Iraq and Syria presents a heightened danger in what the world is seeing as a new [...]

Crackdown on Balkan mercenaries going to Syria

Crackdown on Balkan mercenaries going to Syria

EXPERIENCED fighters, veterans from seven Balkans wars between 1991 and 2001, are offering their services to wars in the Middle East as [...]

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China’s island building project protects vital oil supplies

China’s island building project protects vital oil supplies

BEIJING’S land reclamation project in the South China Sea’s disputed Spratly Archipelago, bringing barely submerged islets above the [...]

‘Returning power’ China flexes its muscles in island disputes

‘Returning power’ China flexes its muscles in island disputes

CHINA has increasingly tested the disputed waters of the East and South China Seas since the 2008 financial crisis, writes World Review [...]

Xinjiang ethnic unrest is a test for the ‘Chinese Dream’

Xinjiang ethnic unrest is a test for the ‘Chinese Dream’

UNREST in China’s Muslim-majority northwest region of Xinjiang is increasingly testing Beijing’s counter-terrorism measures. This autonomous [...]

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