US conflict mineral rule under threat

A regulation credited with promoting greater supply chain transparency appears to have been weakened, and may eventually be repealed.more >

Trouble brewing for Saudi heir

As Mohammed bin Salman prepares for his ascent, he is facing growing discontent among members of the royal family and ordinary Saudis.more >

Turkey risks blowback with mooted Kurdistan sanctions

Cutting a Kurdish oil pipeline could undermine Turkish economic and security interestsmore >

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 >

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