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Yemen conflict: President Hadi loyalists storm key air base
03.08.15 21:00

Middle East

Pro-government forces in Yemen have launched a major offensive to oust Houthi rebels from an air base north of the port of Aden, military sources say.

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Greek shares plunge on first day of market reopen
03.08.15 20:58

European trends

The main Athens stock index, the Athex, ended the day down by 16.23% as trading resumed after a five-week closure.

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Isn’t India’s SCO moment ‘pucca’ yet?
23.07.15 19:43

Global Security

The induction of India and Pakistan as full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization [SCO] constitutes a severe setback to the United States’ regional strategies. The western analysts have regarded the SCO as the “NATO of the East”. That the SCO territory is expanding and will include South Asia upsets the US interests profoundly.

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Syrian FM backs Putin’s proposal of regional alliance against ISIL
23.07.15 19:41

Middle East

Amid renewed IS gains in Syria, the country’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Thursday that his country supports the recently-proposed Russian initiative on forming a regional alliance to battle the militant Islamist group

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US defence chief visits Iraq to assess Ramadi campaign
23.07.15 19:37

Iraq War, "War on terror"

U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter made a surprise visit to Baghdad on Thursday to assess the campaign against Islamic State, as Iraq advances plans to retake the fallen capital of Sunni-dominated Anbar province.

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PBOC injects $31 billion into 2 Silk Road-related policy banks
23.07.15 19:35

Asia rising

The People’s Bank of China injected a combined $31 billion into two policy banks linked to the New Silk Road project, said inside sources.

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BRICS Bank opens in Shanghai
21.07.15 09:08

Economics

The New Development Bank (NDB) of the BRICS countries launched business in Shanghai on Tuesday and will soon set up a hotline with the new China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

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Modi’s subtle message to China
21.07.15 09:04

Asia rising

While Modi has reached out to China publicly in an attempt to foster a bilateral rapprochement, the Prime Minister’s recent visits suggest the undertaking of an aggressive political-economic stance on India’s part, as it strives to compete with China for foreign influence in Central Asia.

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EU falls short of migrant redistribution target
21.07.15 09:01

European trends

EU ministers have fallen short of a target to agree the redistribution of 40,000 migrants who have arrived in Italy and Greece. At a meeting in Brussels they agreed to start the relocation of just over 32,000 in October.

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Obama endorses Nigerian leaders agenda for defeating Boko Haram
21.07.15 08:57

Africa

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday offered strong support for Nigerias new president, Muhammadu Buhari, saying he had a "clear agenda" for defeating the militant Islamist group Boko Haram and was working to root out corruption.

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Despite sanctions, Russia remains global energy player
21.07.15 08:49

f.USSR

In the past year, many Russian energy companies and their executives (including the oil giants Roseneft, Gazprom Neft and Novatek) found themselves on American and European sanction lists. Yet despite sanctions and the attendant heavy financial losses imposed on the country’s energy sector, Russia continues to pursue a robust energy diplomacy.

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TPP Series: A Free Trade Agreement fraught with complexity
21.07.15 08:46

Economics

With many big questions and trade disputes left to be resolved, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is expected to be unusually complex, perhaps at an unprecedented level.

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Eurogroup Officially Threatens Greece With 5 Year Grexit "Time Out"
12.07.15 19:32

European trends

As we noted this morning, EU finance ministers have effectively given Greece 24 hours to accept the set of rather draconian conditions outlined in a “draft” term sheet leaked to the press earlier today

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TAPI pipeline states to select consortium leader in Sept - Turkmen head
12.07.15 19:29

Economics

The four countries planning a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India via Afghanistan will in September pick a company to lead construction, paving the way to the start of work on the project, the Turkmen president said on Saturday

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Serbian Prime Minister Narrowly Escapes "Assassination" Attempt
11.07.15 20:54

European trends

Just over a century ago last month, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo sparked The Great War (or the "not so Great War" if you were unfortunate enough to be sitting in the muddy trenches of Western Europe) that would in many ways shape the 20th century

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