Monthly Archives: February 2018

The Pakistani army has got serious about defeating domestic terrorism

Mopping up: Chinese investment could depend on Pakistan overcoming its security problem Feb 28th 2018 in MIRANSHAH, NORTH WAZIRISTAN A TRIP around Miranshah with an escort of heavily armed soldiers is a surreal experience. The town is the administrative centre … Continue reading

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Scandals spur debate over giving to all the Charities: Revelations deter philanthropists from giving to any Charitable Organisations. The Oxfam sexual abuse scandalt will deter the wealthy from giving money to big charities © AP

London and Amsterdam                                  February 23, 2018 Large charities have not been enjoying the limelight of late. From the collapse of UK charity Kids Company in 2015 to the recent Oxfam sexual abuse scandal, analysts have warned that big organisations could … Continue reading

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The Gang of Four

    22 February 2018 London and Brussels   They’re the plucky four countries standing in the way of the EU’s dream of a bigger and better joint budget after Brexit. Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden — Europe’s “frugal … Continue reading

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Miners hold plenty of aces in scramble for cobalt

London, Kipushi (DRC), Kilembe (Uganda) and Toronto 22 February, 2018 Carmakers and Apple among many seeking long-term supplies of the metal DRC is home to more than half of the world’s supplies of cobalt Today a visitor to the mineral … Continue reading

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Tracking the trends 2018 The top 10 issues shaping mining in the year ahead Changing for the better

“The last 10 years have seen the rollercoaster of highs and lows in the mining sector continue. During this time, we have seen an emergence of innovative companies adopting transformative practices. As we now stand in the middle of what … Continue reading

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The Pentagon comes to town

London and Laren, Netherlands 15 February 2018 You could almost feel the wince in the EU institutions just a few kilometres away. Kay Bailey Hutchison, US ambassador to Nato, had issued a warning about the direction of Europe’s plans for … Continue reading

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Fund managers must act urgently to regain investors’ trust Hidden fee disclosures will do nothing to heal industry’s reputation

London 12 February 2018 As fund managers attempt to regain investors’ trust, which took a battering after the 2008 financial crisis, they should heed President John F Kennedy’s advice: “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is … Continue reading

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Eurotunnel boost for Boris Johnson’s plan for new Channel crossing

11 February 2018 London, Folkstone, Dover and Calais Eurotunnel boost for Boris Johnson’s plan for new Channel crossing Boris Johnson’s plan for a bridge across the channel has received a major boost after Eurotunnel bosses requested a meeting with British … Continue reading

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Rabobank to pay US $369m over cover-up in Mexico drug money case Gangs exploited flaws in Dutch bank’s anti-money laundering defences Deposits were made into rural Rabobank branches in Imperial County, California

London, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Den Haag 8th February 2018 Rabobank has agreed to pay the US government $369m for allowing Mexican drug gangs to exploit flaws in the bank’s anti-money laundering defences — and for then trying to cover … Continue reading

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History repeats itself

New York and London    6 February 2018 I hate to admit this, but I think I have found a good historical parallel for what is happening in the markets. And it is with spring and summer of 2007, on the … Continue reading

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