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Country Report Argentina Country Report Argentina - Product Thumbnail Image

Country Report Argentina

The reaction of the president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, to the mysterious death on January 18th of Alberto Nisman, a federal prosecutor who filed an explosive criminal complaint against her,...

January 2015
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Country Report Mexico

Private-sector groups have intensified their calls for the government to do more to combat violence and insecurity, which are exerting an increasing cost on businesses. In a joint statement published...

January 2015
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Country Report Oman

The government is looking to cut back on expenditure focused on major oil and gas projects as weaker prices start to bite. The government is reportedly considering putting capital projects to develop...

January 2015
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Country Report Venezuela

Anti-government protesters marched through the eastern part of the capital, Caracas, on January 24th, banging pots in protest at food shortages that have left supermarket shelves empty. Given the...

January 2015
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Country Report Cambodia

On January 14th Hun Sen celebrated 30 years since his initial elevation to the post of prime minister, making him one of the world's longest-serving leaders. Cambodia has changed markedly during his...

January 2015
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Country Report Bosnia-Hercegovina

In 2014 there was zero annual growth in working-day adjusted industrial output in the Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim)-Bosnian Croat Federation, and 0.7% year-on-year growth in the Bosnian Serb Republic, Republika...

January 2015
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Country Report Romania

The consolidated budget recorded a deficit of Lei249m (US$63m) in January-November 2014, equivalent to 0.04% of projected annual GDP, compared with a deficit of Lei9.8bn (1.5% of GDP) in the year-earlier...

January 2015
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Country Report Guatemala

Lack of substantive progress in key areas such as security and balancing the fiscal budget-compounded by a number of corruption scandals-has taken its toll on the popularity of the ruling Partido Patriota...

January 2015
Country Report Bahrain Country Report Bahrain - Product Thumbnail Image

Country Report Bahrain

Bahrain's cabinet has announced that from April 1st the price of natural gas used to power industrial projects will be unified and gradually increased. No more details were provided, but the decision...

January 2015
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Country Report Egypt

Real GDP growth in the first quarter (July-September) of fiscal year 2014/15 surged to 6.8% year on year, the highest rate of growth since April-June 2008, according to the latest figures released by...

January 2015
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Country Report Sweden

The latest Labour Force Survey from Statistics Sweden showed that the labour market continued to improve in December, albeit gradually. In December 2014 the number of those in employment (aged between...

January 2015
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Country Report Ghana

The government of the president, John Mahama, and the ruling party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), have enjoyed a less fractious relationship with Jerry Rawlings, the influential founder of...

January 2015
Country Report Iran Country Report Iran - Product Thumbnail Image

Country Report Iran

Mohammad Hoseyn Moqimi was appointed by the interior minister, Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli, on January 18th as the deputy interior minister for political affairs, a key position that has long attracted...

January 2015
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Country Report Yemen

The president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, the prime minister, Khaled Bahah, and the cabinet all submitted letters of resignation in protest at the Houthi offensive. Mr Hadi announced his resignation...

January 2015
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Country Report Zambia

Edgar Lungu has narrowly won a presidential election described by his closest contender, Hakainde Hichilema, as not a reflection of the will of the people. Mr Lungu was the candidate of the ruling...

January 2015
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Country Report Serbia

The US company Esmark was the only bidder to meet all the conditions of the tender for the sale of an 80% stake in the Smederevo steel plant on January 9th 2015. Esmark offered to invest more than...

January 2015
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Country Report Thailand

Thailand's critical tourism industry had a tough year in 2014. Arrivals fell by 6.6% year on year to 24.7m, according to the Ministry of Tourism; revenues were also down for 2014, by 5.8% compared with...

January 2015
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Country Report United Arab Emirates

The UAE's free zones are pivotal to the growth of the UAE's non-oil economy and have recorded rapid increases in trade flows in recent years. Although not as stellar as the double-digit expansion seen...

January 2015
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Country Report Philippines

Philippine and US officials concluded their fifth annual Bilateral Strategic Dialogue on January 22nd, with Sino-Philippine tensions in the South China Sea continuing to frame security concerns. The...

January 2015
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Country Report United Kingdom

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), total retail sales volumes increased by a seasonally adjusted 0.4% month on month in December 2014, yielding growth of 4.3% year on year. Excluding...

January 2015
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