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S Korea disbands 'pro-North' political party

South Korea's Constitutional Court has ruled to disband a minority left-wing party and strip its five members of parliament of their seats after accusing them of pro-North Korea activities that it said violated the basic principles of free democracy.<p>"First, we order the dissolution of the Unified …

America's Uneasy Path Abroad in 2015

America is not in decline. The U.S. will have the world’s most formidable military for the foreseeable future. Its economy remains the world’s …

Geopolitics

UK inflation rate at 12-year low of 1% as fuel costs fall

<b>Lower fuel prices have pushed the UK's rate of inflation down to a 12-year low, official statistics show.</b><p>The Consumer Prices Index inflation measure - which assesses the cost of basic household goods - fell to a rate of 1% in November from 1.3% in October.<p>The fall is being dubbed an "early …

Economics

Russian rouble in free-fall despite shock 17% rate rise

<b>Russia's rouble went into free-fall in Tuesday trading, falling repeatedly to hit record lows, despite the central bank's dramatic decision to raise interest rates from 10.5% to 17%.</b><p>The rate rise was meant to strengthen the currency.<p>It helped it to 58 to the dollar early on Tuesday, but the dollar …

Economics

Israel and the Palestinians: A conflict viewed through olives

<b>For Israelis and Palestinians everything is politicised, even the olive harvest.</b><p>The first time I realised how delicious olive oil from the West Bank can be was more than ten years ago when a Palestinian farmer offered me breakfast as I stood watching a broad strip of his land being destroyed.<p>Listen …

Israel