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The global debt clock

The clock is ticking. Every second, it seems, someone in the world takes on more debt. The idea of a debt clock for an individual nation is familiar …

Economics

Canada pulls out of Kabul as NATO winds down Afghan operations

After more than 12 years and under a blanket of security in Kabul, Canadian military operations in Afghanistan came to a formal close this week. As the Canadian flag was lowered at NATO headquarters in a low-key ceremony, officials looked back at a mission that began in 2001 and cost the country …

Diplomats meet over Ukraine as EU offers $15bn in aid package

Diplomats gathered in Paris on Wednesday in an effort to end tensions in Ukraine as the West pushed for a de-escalation of Russian military build-up in the Crimea<p>Talks in the French capital involving envoys from Ukraine, Russia and Western powers are expected to be followed by a face-to-face …

China will defend itself, warns Beijing ahead of likely military spending rise

China's military is prepared to respond to all threats to the country's sovereignty, its vice-foreign minister has said ahead of the expected announcement of another big increase in Chinese defence spending.<p>Fu Ying said China supported resolving disputes with other states through negotiations and …

FIFA lifts ban on head covers | Muslim Hijab News

Football's world governing body FIFA has authorised the wearing of head covers for religious purposes during matches.<p>That will allow female Muslim players who wear a hijab in everyday life to cover their heads during matches as well. FIFA added that male players will also be authorised to do so …

Egypt government resigns, paving way for Sisi to seek presidency

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s government resigned on Monday, paving the way for army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president of a strategic U.S. ally gripped by political strife.<p>A man stands on a bridge where huge posters of Egypt's Army chief Field Marshal Abdel …

UK sternly resists paying reparations for slave trade atrocities and injustices

The quest for reparations for historic atrocities committed during the transatlantic slave trade is running into increasingly determined resistance from the UK government.<p>Members of Caricom, the Caribbean's political and economic body, are meeting on the island of St Vincent on 10 March to …

Poor losing out in African boom, according to new report

Soaring economic growth in many African countries is coming at the expense of the poor, according to a new report that urges governments to overhaul their tax systems to halt rising inequality.<p>Despite a decade of high growth across the continent, the wealth created is not being equally shared and …