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China’s “mega city” corridor plans

China’s long-awaited plan to create a high-tech megalopolis on its southern coastline rivalling California’s Silicon Valley generated optimism among Hong Kong’s business community even as key details…

Bihar: Caught between development and politics ?

Bihar is an Indian state considered to be a part of eastern, northern, and north-central India. It is the thirteenth-largest Indian state, with an area of 94,163 km2 (36,357 sq mi). The third-largest…

Munich Security Conference 2019

The 2019 edition of the annual Security conference saw US President Donald Trump attacked from all corners, including key allies, domestic political rivals and even members of his own Republican…

UK concern over German arms sale ban

A German ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia imposed after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has caused growing diplomatic tensions between Berlin and London. UK’s BAE Systems is the first…

MSF suspends work in DRC

Doctors without Borders is said to have suspended all non-essential work in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, February 17th, after the abduction of two of its workers earlier in the month.…

Europe’s 5G problem

Europe hasn't been at the forefront of 5G, even before the Trump administration began pushing allies to block Huawei over concerns that the Chinese government could use its equipment for spying,…

Northern Macedonia ready for closer ties

The newly re-named Balkan country is taking a new place in the world, joining NATO and aspiring to EU membership after ending decades of dispute with Greece. The use of the name "Macedonia" is…

Saudi and French defence deal

As a part of the effort to diversify away from the oil-based economy, Saudi Arabia has signed an agreement with the France’s Naval group to build warships and frigates in the kingdom. Saudi Arabia…

Will the Wall be built?

President Donald Trump declared a state of National Emergency at the southern border on February 18, 2019 in order to curb the crossing of illegal immigrants from Mexico into the USA. President Trump…

US-China trade talks end

US and Chinese trade negotiators will meet again in the last week of February in Washington, President Xi Jinping said, after the sixth round of cabinet-level negotiations ended in Beijing with no…

PM Modi warns of retaliation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Pakistan on Friday to expect a strong response to a suicide attack that killed 44 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Kashmir, ratcheting up tension…

Trump to declare Emergency

President Trump is willing to initiate the state of national emergency to build a wall on the Southern border after the latest house resolution. Democratic and Republican politicians have sharply…

India’s new anti-pollution incentives

India has proposed incentives worth 885 billion rupees ($12.4 billion) to encourage power plants to install equipment to curb emissions and to develop infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs), a…

Arab countries on Israel – PA conflict

At the Warsaw Conference on the Middle East, senior Gulf officials played down the Israeli – Palestinian conflict, by justifying Israel’s right to defend itself. They are focusing on Iran as the…

Trump may avoid second shut down

President Donald Trump is eyeing a path to avoid another government shutdown where he would reluctantly accept the congressional border-security deal and attempt to tap other funds for his wall. A…

Germany arrests Syrian Intelligence Chief

German authorities announced the arrest of a former high-ranking Syrian intelligence officer and two subordinates suspected of crimes against humanity by torturing thousands of victims in detention…

India-US trade war next?

India is still hurting from the Trump administration’s imposition of steel and aluminium tariffs and its move to tighten the rules for H-1B visas, which are granted primarily to Indian technology…

Indian citizenship amendment bill dropped

Indian government has put aside a controversial amendment to its citizenship law after violent protests in its north eastern states. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 aims to provide citizenship…

Trump unhappy with border wall deal

Unfazed by a congressional deal giving him only $1.3 billion for a barrier on the US-Mexico border, President Donald Trump is saying that he has found twenty times as much for overall border security…

UAE to boost African start ups

Startups from the UAE and Africa will participate in the first-ever Chamberthon event organised and hosted by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry during the Africa Tech Summit in Kigali, Rwanda,…