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Ecuador takes advantage of China’s goodwill oil deals

Ecuador takes advantage of China’s goodwill oil deals

THERE has been a spate of news stories over the past year alleging that China has taken control of the Ecuadorean oil industry. Some state [...]

Option to undo Iran nuclear programme no longer exists

Option to undo Iran nuclear programme no longer exists

ISRAEL was born in 1948 into a hostile and volatile Arab environment under a Western protective umbrella. This was a major reason for Arab [...]

Defence deals see a major shift in Indian-US relations

Defence deals see a major shift in Indian-US relations

INDIA is enhancing its military and security ties with the United States - the world’s largest arms exporter - in a bid to overhaul a [...]

Coal dominates India's growing energy need despite 'green' effort

Coal dominates India's growing energy need despite 'green' effort

INDIA is set to overtake China as the world’s most populous country by 2030. Its large population of nearly 1.3 billion - and growing - [...]

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Chile’s Michelle Bachelet drives reform agenda

Chile’s Michelle Bachelet drives reform agenda

JANUARY and February in Chile are supposed to be quiet months while most of the country’s leaders are on holiday, but not in 2015. There has [...]

Matteo Renzi achieves little in first year as Italy’s premier

Matteo Renzi achieves little in first year as Italy’s premier

THE MAIN topics interesting Italian newspapers now - former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s acquittal from the so-called bunga-bunga sex [...]

Russia primes Kim Jong-un as a weapon of payback

Russia primes Kim Jong-un as a weapon of payback

THE UNITED States and South Korea recently held joint military exercises. North Korea retaliated by firing seven missiles into the Sea of [...]

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Tunisia’s new leaders face old economic challenges

Tunisia’s new leaders face old economic challenges

TUNISIA, the spark which ignited the so-called Arab Spring protests in December 2010, sees pro-democracy forces taking root with a new [...]

Ukraine multi-billion bailout to weigh heavy on the West

Ukraine multi-billion bailout to weigh heavy on the West

THE INTERNATIONAL Monetary Fund has announced a desperately needed financial aid package for Ukraine of US$17.5 billion over four [...]

The far-reaching consequences of China’s greying population

The far-reaching consequences of China’s greying population

CHINA’S population is greying – rapidly. The number of people aged over 60 is forecast to rise by 133 million between 2015 and 2030 to reach [...]

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Ukraine’s key role in future of European energy supplies

Ukraine’s key role in future of European energy supplies

GUENTHER Oettinger, former energy commissioner for the European Union, warned of worse scenarios facing Ukraine this winter after Russia had [...]

How China plans to clean up its energy act

How China plans to clean up its energy act

‘NEW NORMAL’ is the tone set by Beijing for the future of the Chinese economy. And the ramifications for the nation’s future energy plans [...]

Ukraine's gas storage could help Europe's energy security

Ukraine's gas storage could help Europe's energy security

UKRAINE’S current and future energy security lies, more than ever, in integrating into the European Union’s common energy market following [...]

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Tensions mount in Balkans as Russia develops its influence

Tensions mount in Balkans as Russia develops its influence

FEARS of an eastern crisis spreading towards the Balkans during 2015 have mounted since the first post-Cold War invasion by the Russian army [...]

India moves to establish Indian Ocean role

India moves to establish Indian Ocean role

A JOINT ‘strategic vision’ document on the Indian Ocean and Asia-Pacific was one outcome from US President Barack Obama’s state visit to [...]

Russia turns up the heat on Ukraine

Russia turns up the heat on Ukraine

A RENEWED rebel offensive has begun in eastern Ukraine. Casualties are rising and the United Nations describes the surge in violence as [...]

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Black Sea 'attack runs' by Russia are clear military aggression

Black Sea 'attack runs' by Russia are clear military aggression

SIMULATED attack runs by Russian warplanes against Nato warships in the Black Sea are not simply training, or even 'Cold War style' [...]

Who benefits from Nigeria’s postponed elections?

Who benefits from Nigeria’s postponed elections?

THERE is no doubt that Nigeria is going through one of the toughest periods in its democratic history, writes Uju Okoye, a graduate student [...]

Message to eurozone: the future is bleak without growth

Message to eurozone: the future is bleak without growth

THEY don’t come any more conservative than the Bank of England: The old lady of London’s Threadneedle Street, guardian of the Pound [...]

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