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Secrecy surrounds North Korean embassy attack Analyses & Assessments

Secrecy surrounds North Korean embassy attack

An attack on a North Korean embassy in Madrid has brought the activities of a fringe activist group to the forefront, although the participation of US intelligence agencies cannot be ruled out.…

Robust monsoon predicted for India Analyses & Assessments

Robust monsoon predicted for India

India’s monsoon, crucial for Asia’s third-largest economy, is likely to be a robust and healthy one this year provided there isn’t a surprise El Nino phenomenon, the top India Meteorological…

Ghana passes RTI bill Analyses & Assessments

Ghana passes RTI bill

Ghana adopts Right to Information bill that boosts transparency and government accountability, in a serious boost to the tools available to Africa’s freest media landscape. The Republic of Ghana is…

China thanks Kazakhstan over de-radicalization scheme Analyses & Assessments

China thanks Kazakhstan over de-radicalization scheme

The Chinese government’s top diplomat has thanked Kazakhstan for its support for a controversial de-radicalisation programme in China’s far western region of Xinjiang and said others should follow…

Turkish Lira selloff continues Analyses & Assessments

Turkish Lira selloff continues

Turkey’s central bank sought to calm investors as the nation’s assets fell before an election that will be the first test of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s popularity since he tightened his grip on…

Trump veto stands Analyses & Assessments

Trump veto stands

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday failed to override President Donald Trump’s first veto, leaving in place the “national emergency” he declared last month to build a U.S.-Mexico border…

US Senate rejects ‘Green New Deal’ Analyses & Assessments

US Senate rejects ‘Green New Deal’

United States Senate Republican leaders forced a stunt vote on March 26 on a climate change measure they ridicule, seeking to corner Democratic presidential hopefuls over an expensive, economy-…

Facebook introduces hate-speech policing Analyses & Assessments

Facebook introduces hate-speech policing

Facebook will institute methods and regulations to tackle white supremacist thought in the upcoming weeks, although more needs to be done to fully tackle the proliferation of hate groups flourishing…

Kenya to close refugee camp Analyses & Assessments

Kenya to close refugee camp

Nairobi plans to shut a refugee camp that is home to nearly a quarter of a million people, mostly Somalis, in the next few months, according to an internal U.N. document. Kenya is a country in Africa…

European leaders meet China’s Xi Analyses & Assessments

European leaders meet China’s Xi

French, German and European Commission leaders met President Xi amidst tensions over trade and security. Sino–European relations were established in 1975. According to the European External Action…

WMO warns of impending climate disasters Analyses & Assessments

WMO warns of impending climate disasters

WMO’s annual report indicates a bleak climatic future that requires urgent action lest the loss of life and immense economic damage. Climate change is the difference in the statistical distribution…

India’s renewables: More to be done Analyses & Assessments

India’s renewables: More to be done

Despite policy-related hurdles, India is making progress on its ambitious plans to install 175 gigawatts of renewable energy.

Trump ratifies Israel’s Golan control Analyses & Assessments

Trump ratifies Israel’s Golan control

President Trump issues US recognition for Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights in a move that provides Prime Minister Netanyahu an electoral boost, and Israel a strategic and legal advantage.…

DNA testing poses privacy risks Analyses & Assessments

DNA testing poses privacy risks

DNA testing services purchased online has gained significant popularity amongst consumers, despite its shortcomings. However, it is vital to understand the potential risks associated with such…

Sino-Russian South China Sea energy partnership Analyses & Assessments

Sino-Russian South China Sea energy partnership

Russia and China to explore the viability of gas hydrates, a potential energy market disrupter, in the contentious South China Sea. Clathrate hydrates or gas hydrates are water-based crystalline…

Apple shifts focus to consumer services Analyses & Assessments

Apple shifts focus to consumer services

Falling hardware sales compels Apple to move towards a concerted fray into the online consumer service market. Apple Inc. is one of the most successful multinational technology companies in the world…

US government debt jumps Analyses & Assessments

US government debt jumps

The amount of government debt with negative yields has vaulted back over the $10tn mark after the Federal Reserve’s unexpectedly downbeat outlook exacerbated concerns over the health of the global…

ISIL’s ideological challenge Analyses & Assessments

ISIL’s ideological challenge

ISIL may no longer possess physical territory, but its ideology poses a potent threat that demands a concerted effort to thwart. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS or…

Sri Lanka faces severe drought Analyses & Assessments

Sri Lanka faces severe drought

Sri Lanka’s state-run power firm has imposed daily power cuts for the first time in more than two years as a drought has slashed hydro-power output, highlighting the government’s failure to build new…

Cyber attacks on the rise Analyses & Assessments

Cyber attacks on the rise

Cyber attacks on financial institutions are increasingly being linked to nation-states, resulting in destructive and disruptive damages rather than just theft, according to a report by the Carnegie…