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Modi’s bumpy anti-corruption drive

The Indian premier’s attempt to tackle ‘black money’ and financial crime is proving controversial.more >

Brazil’s corruption scandals undercut promising privatisation, pension reform

With his reform programme under strain, President Temer is embarking on a big privatisation programme to promote growth. more >

Egypt’s economic recovery overshadowed by political turbulence

Investors are showing renewed interest in Egypt as economic reforms take effect, but the stability that underpins the turnaround is under strain.more >

Can the Philippines afford Duterte’s infrastructure spending spree?

Some fear huge construction programme aimed to boost employment and foreign investment could rack up unsustainable debts.more >

UK companies face export perils

Those who unwittingly flout anti-bribery laws and trade restrictions risk heavy fines and reputational damage.more >

Why Trump should be careful in sanctioning the Venezuelan regime

The administration weighs up its response to Maduro’s latest bid to consolidate his powers. more >

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 >