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Saudi economic outlook rated as negative
Dec16

Saudi economic outlook rated as negative

Amid confusing signals — a costly war on Yemen and ambitious social reforms at home — Saudi Arabia has seen its sovereign ratings affirmed but economic performance slapped with a ‘negative’ outlook by CI Ratings. Capital Intelligence Ratings (CI Ratings or CI), the international credit rating agency announced that it has affirmed Saudi Arabia’s Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency Ratings at ‘A+’ and its Short-Term Foreign...

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All isn’t over: Berlin urges Syria talks around ‘one table’ in Geneva
Dec12

All isn’t over: Berlin urges Syria talks around ‘one table’ in Geneva

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned all is not over yet in Syria despite various declarations of victory and peace and called for immediate UN-sponsored talks involving various players “around one table in Geneva.” “No matter how much we wish there were peace after the long years of violence and conflict, the Syria crisis is not yet over. The ongoing fighting continues to affect many people with unrelenting...

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Cold fury: EU reacts to US stance on Jerusalem
Dec06

Cold fury: EU reacts to US stance on Jerusalem

The European Union’s response to US President Donald Trump’s stance on Jerusalem has been met with cold fury in senior EU echelons, with one political analyst in conversation with The Middle East in Europe describing the development as “yet another American own goal.” In private conversations shared with The Middle East in Europe, EU officials warned the United States in the event could be the ultimate loser if...

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Amnesty reports on how governments fail human rights defenders
Dec05

Amnesty reports on how governments fail human rights defenders

States around the world are failing to effectively protect people who defend human rights, with a resulting rise in preventable killings and enforced disappearances, says Amnesty International said in a new report that follows other verifiable  accounts of how governments are abetting in the elimination of another ‘endangered species’—journalists. Amnesty’s new report, Deadly but Preventable Attacks: Killings and Enforced...

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Asia Society honours the Aga Khan
Nov01

Asia Society honours the Aga Khan

The Asia Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award has gone to the Aga Khan for his contribution to improving the lives of millions of people around the world. The pioneering Ismaili leader has achieved this through art and architecture, sustainable economic development, education and numerous other fields. The Game Changer Lifetime Achievement Award is Asia Society’s most highly regarded honour, given annually to individuals,...

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