on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

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Ethiopia’s economy rides out anti-government unrest

While the recent upheavals unnerved foreign investors, the economy continues to grow apace. more >

Ukraine’s Naftogaz still stymied by gas market monopolies

The state-owned energy company’s progress is being frustrated by its inability to sell directly to consumers.more >

Storm brewing over new US sanctions on Russia

Draft legislation toughening measures against Russia is proving divisive both at home and abroad. more >

Russian pipeline dispute escalates as US enters the fray

American sanctions threat fuels tensions surrounding Russia’s plans to expand gas supplies to Europe. more >

Saudi succession twist might deepen conflict with Iran

While the surprise elevation of the King’s son as crown prince could help boost the economy, it may be bad news for regional stability. more >

India and Afghanistan attempt to bypass their obstructive neighbour

New transport links circumventing Pakistan could prove to be economic game-changers.more >

Tunisia’s anti-corruption efforts threatened by controversial amnesty plans

A new wave of arrests comes as the authorities consider pardon for Ben Ali-era cronies.more >

Australians fret over surging Chinese investment in property market

Housing bubble aside, some investors may be breaching foreign ownership regulations and laundering money.more >

As strongholds fall ISIS is rushing to funnel money out of Syria and Iraq

The group is smuggling funds into neighbouring countries then laundering them through the financial system.more >

Making sense of the Qatar crisis

The Saudi-led Gulf alliance’s move against the tiny state has been dramatic, but it is the culmination of tensions that have been brewing for many years.more >

Notes from the field

Our work takes us all over the world. Here we share some of our more personal perspectives on some of the destinations we have visited, filed on location.

Angola at the crossroads

Spend any time in Luanda, Angola’s bustling capital, and the first thing that hits you is the sharp disparities in wealth.

Editor's Choice

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05 Jul 2017
Jersey City is a case study in the perils of politics and real estate for the Kushners >
Until he stepped aside from his real estate business to become a senior White House aide, developer Jared Kushner was a major player in the gentrification of Jersey City, where former railroad yards...

Source: Lacanada Online News

05 Jul 2017
PMLA Court issues NBW against Vijay Mallya >
Mumbai, July 5 (UNI) A special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Court today issued a Non-Bailable warrant against absconding business tycoon Vijay Mallya, as it took cognizance of the complaint filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED)....

Source: United News of India