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Mercosur trade pact with EU hinges on Argentina, Brazil overcoming rift

Mercosur trade pact with EU hinges on Argentina, Brazil overcoming rift

THE JULY summit of South America’s six-nation Mercosur group brought no progress in negotiations on a trade agreement with the European [...]

Saudi-led buildup of ADF erects new bulwark against threats to Sunni states

Saudi-led buildup of ADF erects new bulwark against threats to Sunni states

THE CREATION of an Arab Defence Force (ADF) marks the emergence of a Saudi-led coalition ready to fight the twin threats of Iran and Islamic [...]

President Buhari’s challenges as new Nigerian leader

President Buhari’s challenges as new Nigerian leader

NO AFRICAN country can compete with the economic powerhouse of Nigeria but recently elected President Muhammadu Buhari will have his hands [...]

New pipeline project could triple Caspian gas imports to Europe

New pipeline project could triple Caspian gas imports to Europe

BUILDING a Trans-Caspian Pipeline would allow the European Union to triple gas imports from the Caspian region in five years. The first gas [...]

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China’s 'new normal' starts to fray as government reneges on promises

China’s 'new normal' starts to fray as government reneges on promises

FOR 30 years in China, economic growth has been king, an unofficial religion in a country where the governing Communist Party disdains any [...]

EU’s real exit danger is the United Kingdom

EU’s real exit danger is the United Kingdom

WITH EYES fixed on Greece, Europe’s politicians and media are ignoring a weighter economic and geopolitical threat – ‘Brexit’. The European [...]

India builds closer ties with Israel

India builds closer ties with Israel

NARENDRA Modi will become the first Indian Prime Minister to make a state visit to Israel. A summit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin [...]

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Tensions with cult unsettle Angola and damage international reputation

Tensions with cult unsettle Angola and damage international reputation

AN ALLEGED massacre of religious cult members and the prosecution of a human rights journalist have left the Angolan leadership facing [...]

Fed rate increase that matters is the one after September

Fed rate increase that matters is the one after September

THE US FEDERAL Reserve Board has finally made up its collective mind and will probably tighten monetary policy in the United States before [...]

Russian auto industry backslides amidst broader economic decline

Russian auto industry backslides amidst broader economic decline

THE RUSSIAN auto industry is backsliding fast. The dual blows of sanctions and low oil prices have stifled consumer spending. With car sales [...]

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Japan’s new long-term energy plan raises questions on nuclear

Japan’s new long-term energy plan raises questions on nuclear

JAPAN’S government has taken the first steps, four years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, to clarify the country’s energy strategy [...]

Low oil price gives Arab nations chance to reform economies

Low oil price gives Arab nations chance to reform economies

THE WORLD -which saw the price of oil fall by around 50 per cent since 2014 - has seen prices plummet before. But for the time being, it is [...]

Germany’s climate lobby look to ban coal

Germany’s climate lobby look to ban coal

BANNING new coal-fired power plants and the export of coal technologies are the new focus for Germany’s environmental NGOs and the movement [...]

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Russia’s Baltic strategy puts high pressure on Nato

Russia’s Baltic strategy puts high pressure on Nato

FROM a strictly military standpoint, Russia has achieved the upper hand in the Baltic Sea region. The Kremlin is not likely to launch a [...]

Mariupol - a pawn in a much bigger game

Mariupol - a pawn in a much bigger game

IN EASTERN Ukraine heavy weapons have been brought back into the prohibited zone and shelling has been resumed. Mariupol looks to be the [...]

China’s military challenges in the face of a slowing economy

China’s military challenges in the face of a slowing economy

THE PRESENT-DAY image of China's military is one of a nation's armed forces undergoing rapidly growing capabilities. However, most analysts [...]

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Greek lesson on the strangling legacy of debt

Greek lesson on the strangling legacy of debt

GREECE is in negotiations with the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and Brussels over the repayment of loans totaling [...]

Will Nigerians miss President Jonathan?

Will Nigerians miss President Jonathan?

EVERY May 29, Nigeria celebrates Democracy Day - commemorating the day in 1999 when democracy was restored to the country, writes Oluwafemi [...]

Is Japan turning south?

Is Japan turning south?

IS THERE room for another major Asian security actor in the disputed South China Sea? Vice Admiral Robert Thomas, commander of the US Navy’s [...]

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