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Brussels struggling to end Macedonian political impasse
Macedonia’s ruling party appears reluctant to pave the way for free and fair elections, as prospects of EU membership fade.
Israel: A turning point in anti-corruption efforts?
Economic crisis threatens South Sudan peace process
The new transitional government is running out of cash as it seeks to stabilise the strife-torn country.
Education reforms key to Saudi economic plan
FT beyond.brics.com Saudi Arabia: A secondary school system dominated by religious studies will have to change direction if moves to expand the private sector are to stand any chance of success.
Kurds fearful as President Erdogan ups the ante
Turkey’s President looks set to extend his powers and clamp down on Kurdish political opposition in a move that may deepen the country’s security crisis.
Is the South China Sea dispute set to escalate?
Tensions have been growing in the South China Sea ahead of an international tribunal ruling on Chinese territorial claims.
Fleeing Russian businessmen’s persecution claims come under scrutiny
Determining whether the prosecutions they face are politically motivated can pose a considerable challenge.
Resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh dispute as distant as ever
While renewed international pressure on Armenia and Azerbaijan may prevent further violence, prospects for a permanent settlement of the long-running conflict look increasingly dim.
Nigeria: Insurgents threaten to deepen economic crisis
President Buhari’s bid to revive the ailing Nigerian economy is being undermined by a new insurgency in the oil-rich Niger Delta region.
India-China rivalry in South Asia heats up
India hopes its development of the Iranian port of Chabahar will open up trade with Afghanistan and Central Asia and counter China’s increasing influence in the region.
—Notes from the field