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Russell Merryman

With more refugees expected, Europe needs to get a grip

While financial support is still coming in for the victims of the Syrian conflict, Europe’s political signals are getting ever more contradictory, writes Russell Merryman.


Dr. Sam Bateman

Does the US know what it’s doing in the South China Sea?

A retired Commodore of the Royal Australian Navy asks Washington “what freedoms are being threatened?” in the South China Sea.


Holly Dagres

Iran not likely to back away from China, but …

Iranian leaders had pledged to treat in kind powers who backed its position regarding nuclear power and lifting of sanctions.


Ben Reynolds

Buckle up: China’s economic downturn headed for US

A wide range of indicators point to a difficult year ahead for the U.S. economy, writes Reynolds.


Ambassador Mike Nicholas Sango

China, Russia helping Zimbabwe ride out West’s bullying

In 2016, Zimbabwe looks forward to positive changes in the living standards of its people, writes Ambassador Mike Nicholas Sango.

BRICS News

Oil drops to $30, emerging markets sink

Oil drops to $30, emerging markets sink

The new year slump appears to continue as stocks slide worldwide.

India’s GDP grew 7.3% in Dec. quarter

India’s GDP grew 7.3% in Dec. quarter

India's economic recovery is losing some steam & there is a likelihood of slowdown in the growth momentum, Japanese financial

7 suspected IS members held in Russia

7 suspected IS members held in Russia

The group was led by an Islamic State fighter who had arrived from Turkey, the FSB said.

China, India hold joint military exercises on border

China, India hold joint military exercises on border

Official relations between the world’s two fastest growing economies have come a long way since the two fought a brief

China at odds with US over N Korea response

China at odds with US over N Korea response

While condemning Pyongyang's satellite launch, Beijing is also opposed to the deployment of US anti-missile weapons in South Korea.

Russia condemns North Korea’s rocket launch

Russia condemns North Korea’s rocket launch

Russian ally China is opposed to Pyongyang's nuclear programme and has appealed for calm.

In-Depth

2015: The year of blaming China?

Despite slowing growth, China is on the move consolidating its position as a global economic power.




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Q&A

'Iraq has been defined by the people's resilience'

Journalist Ahmed Habib says he is committed to telling the story of Iraq's people, culture, history and politics.

Grateful for Russia, China support: Iraqi ambassador

Iraq has already received Sukhoi jets from Russia.

Inside Track

What is the Zika virus?

What is the Zika virus?

Pregnant women are being advised not to travel to infected areas.

BRICS Social

Rousseff calls for war against Zika virus

Rousseff calls for war against Zika virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the virus could spread to every country in the Americas except Canada and Chile.

Employment, social inclusion in focus at BRICS labour meet

Employment, social inclusion in focus at BRICS labour meet

"Growth isn't the whole story, can't guarantee decent work, inclusion or equity," said ILO chief Ryder at the BRICS meet.

BRICS Business

Venezuela prods OPEC, Russia for oil summit

Venezuela prods OPEC, Russia for oil summit

Del Pino met with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in Moscow Monday before traveling to Qatar, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

China’s Alibaba quarterly revenue grows 32%

China’s Alibaba quarterly revenue grows 32%

Alibaba's marketplaces have been growing faster than China's retail sector as a whole.

Emerging markets suffer blitz of low commodity, oil prices

Emerging markets suffer blitz of low commodity, oil prices

Considerable downside risks will likely persist in commodity prices for the next two years, the World Bank warns.

World News

Yen strengthens, Nikkei takes a beating

Investors are offloading stocks in favor of low-risk assets.

Oil drops to $30, emerging markets sink

The new year slump appears to continue as stocks slide worldwide.

China at odds with US over N Korea response

While condemning Pyongyang's satellite launch, Beijing is also opposed to the deployment of US anti-missile weapons in South Korea.

With more refugees expected, Europe needs to get a grip

While financial support is still coming in for the victims of the Syrian conflict, Europe’s political signals are getting ever more contradictory, writes Russell Merryman.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that President Bashar Al Assad is a critical force in defeating ISIL (and other extremist groups), and called on the world community to support the Syrian government.