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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...

Africa’s digital banking revolution Analyses & Assessments

Africa’s digital banking revolution

African Bank Holdings Ltd. is joining the rush into digital banking to fail-proof the business and provides an exit for shareholders that resurrected...

AG Barr controls Mueller’s investigation Analyses & Assessments

AG Barr controls Mueller’s investigation

Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation concludes after handing over final report to Attorney General Barr, who controls the outcome of the inquiry....

The Politics of Golan Heights Analyses & Assessments

The Politics of Golan Heights

President Trump overturned longstanding US policy regarding Israeli occupied Golan Heights to fully recognize ‘Israel’s sovereignty’ over the region...

Brexit gets messy Analyses & Assessments

Brexit gets messy

For more than two years, British Prime Minister Theresa May has been looking for a pair of exit ramps — one to successfully navigate her country out...

IRGC explores oil potential Analyses & Assessments

IRGC explores oil potential

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are looking to fill a vacuum in the energy sector created by western companies that pulled out of the Islamic republic...

Kazakh President Resigns Analyses & Assessments

Kazakh President Resigns

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has announced his retirement after 30 years in power. Kazakhstan was the last of the Soviet republics to...

India’s economic woes Analyses & Assessments

India’s economic woes

India’s economy expanded by 6.6 percent during October-December, the lowest in five quarters, on weak consumer demand and investments, dealing a...

Germany cuts on defence spending again Analyses & Assessments

Germany cuts on defence spending again

Berlin had already announced that it will fall significantly short of NATO’s defence spending goals, annoying the United States. It now risks...

Japan revamps its immigration system Analyses & Assessments

Japan revamps its immigration system

Buoyed by hopes of higher wages yet burdened by loans, Vietnamese youth will be among those most affected by a new scheme to let in more blue-collar...

South Africa’s Blackout Problem Analyses & Assessments

South Africa’s Blackout Problem

A tropical cyclone in Mozambique that caused the death of over 140 people and also the destruction of electricity and phone infrastructure has...

Saudi’s brutal campaign to stifle dissent Analyses & Assessments

Saudi’s brutal campaign to stifle dissent

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is said to have ordered the surveillance, detention and torture of Saudi Arabian dissidents...

Return of Neo - Ottamanism Analyses & Assessments

Return of Neo - Ottamanism

Turkey is emerging as the leader of a new Middle East bloc with support from Russia and Iran. The Ottoman Empire historically known in Western Europe...

China appeases US trade concerns Analyses & Assessments

China appeases US trade concerns

China is to implement a new Foreign Investment Law in 2020, seeking to assuage US concerns over technology and intellectual property rights. The law...

Preparations for EU-China Summit Begins Analyses & Assessments

Preparations for EU-China Summit Begins

The European Commission will present a series of action points to stop unfair trade practices by China ahead of a crucial EU-China summit in April...

ISIL on the brink, challenges await in Syria Analyses & Assessments

ISIL on the brink, challenges await in Syria

ISIL’s few remaining enclaves are primed to be run over. However, the defeat of ISIL brings with it a number of considerations in regard to the...

UN envoy raises concerns over Bangladesh’s Rohingya relocation plans Analyses & Assessments

UN envoy raises concerns over Bangladesh’s Rohingya relocation plans

Bangladesh's planned relocation of 23,000 Rohingya from Cox's Bazar imperils their lives. The proposed relocation site sits in a geographically...

 US to become largest oil exporter Analyses & Assessments

US to become largest oil exporter

The US could overtake Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil exporter by 2024, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has predicted. The...

Afghanistan’s Peace Progress Analyses & Assessments

Afghanistan’s Peace Progress

As ongoing direct talks between the United States and the Taliban further open the door for peace in Afghanistan, the country is facing ‘daunting...

Finland’s government resigns Analyses & Assessments

Finland’s government resigns

The coalition government in Finland resigned because it could not deliver on a healthcare reform package that is widely seen as crucial to securing...