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from The Washington Post..By the Associated PressOctober 13, 2015 BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Romania on Tuesday urged politicians to continue reforms, stop political meddling in the management of state-owned companies and create a regulatory system which fosters investment."Stop meddling in the management of state-owned enterprises for political gain and allow these enterprises to operate according to good business practices, so that all Romanians reap the benefits," Ambassador Hans G. Klemm said at a
from BBC News..By Tom BurridgeOctober 12, 2015 The West is determined that Ukraine can reform and succeed as a modern, independent state.  Odessa is a major Black Sea transport hub and tourist destination Nowhere is that fight in sharper focus than in the southern region of Odessa, where the former president of Georgia, and nemesis of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mikheil Saakashvili is leading a self-styled crusade against corruption, writes the BBC's Tom Burridge. Question: What do
from Al Bawaba News..October 12, 2015 Jordan and India on Sunday signed six agreements and memoranda of understanding (MoU) in various fields of cooperation. The agreements were signed in the presence of Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, covering cooperation in the maritime transportation sector and a memorandum between the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy and the Indian Foreign Service Institute. Another deal was signed between the Jordan News Agency, Petra, and the Press Trust of
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from 12, 2015 This month say the release of the latest annual Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index, which gives an insight into the development of visa policies over the past year. The index said the world's most powerful passports were now issued in the UK and Germany, with Finland, Sweden and the US all dropping to second place. Sierra Leone saw the biggest drop, losing 24 places, while the four worst passports in the world were
from ReutersOctober 12, 2015 Saudi Arabia's government is in talks with local banks to sell them 20 billion riyals ($5.3 billion) of local currency bonds next week, the Maaal financial website reported on Monday, citing unnamed sources. A five-year tranche will yield 1.92 percent, a seven-year portion 2.34 percent and a 10-year tranche 2.65 percent, according to Maaal. Maturities and yields for this issue would be the same as in the government's last bond issue in
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from ReutersOctober 12, 2015 Saudi Arabia's finance ministry, seeking to cut waste as state revenues shrink because of low oil prices, is telling government bodies to return unspent money which they were allocated in this year's budget, sources familiar with the policy told Reuters. Over the past several years of sky-high oil, government bodies in the world's top oil exporting nation were given considerable freedom to transfer money from one project to another as they wished.
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from The Africa Report..By Janet ShokoOctober 12, 2015 Zimbabwe has splashed over $18 billion in past five years on cheap imported products, as imports continue to far outweigh exports, leaving local businesses baffled on where the money was coming from. Industry players saying the economy is on the brink of recession, but Zimbabweans' appetite for cheap imports is more voracious as ever. The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) says robust measures are needed to reverse the trend.
from The Africa Report..October 12, 2015 Mauritius plans to launch a trading platform to hedge African currencies against the U.S. dollar, part of a bid to expand its role as a financial hub for the continent, the financial services minister said. The Indian Ocean island is also in talks to boost ties with stock exchanges in Johannesburg and Nairobi to encourage cross-listing of shares and other areas of cooperation, Sudarshan Bhadain told Reuters in an interview. The international financial
from The Africa Report..October 12, 2015 Botswana will use some of its $8.5 billion in foreign exchange reserves to stimulate the economy after a drop in diamond prices hit growth in the world's biggest producer, President Ian Khama said on Monday. Botswana in September slashed its 2015 growth forecast from 4.9 percent to 2.6 percent and said the southern African country would post a budget deficit this year and next. Diamonds account for around 75 percent of
from The Guardian..By Dalya AlbergeOctober 12, 2015 Murder mystery The Book of Mirrors, snapped up by publishers in 18 countries, is expected to make Eugene Chirovici a seven-figure sum Eugene Chirovici moved to Britain three years ago because his son was studying at Cardiff University. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian He came to live in Britain only three years ago, now Eugene Chirovici’s first attempt at writing a novel in English has become a global publishing phenomenon.