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from Global Finance Magazine.. April 10, 2014 By Justin Keay Getting rid of the “stan” on the end of his country’s name is just one of the many ambitions Kazakhstan’s leader has for his increasingly prosperous country. The biggest challenge for potential investors in Central Asia is differentiating the “stans.” To some ears, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan appear interchangeable, despite their very different political, economic and social realities. However, help could soon be on

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from Global Finance Magazine.. April 10, 2014 By Al Emid Mozambique’s future rests on monetizing reserves of coal, natural gas, titanium and other minerals. Foreign direct investment in Mozambique rose to $5.2 billion in 2012—up from $2.8 billion in 2011, $1.3 in 2010 and $899.3 million in 2009—according to the World Bank, driven partially by the attractiveness of the energy and natural resources sectors. Fitch Ratings includes the country’s abundant resources among its reasons for affirming

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from The Economist.. April 5, 2014 | JOHANNESBURG | From the print edition Money is leaving emerging markets for riskier bets at the investment frontier MANY of Africa’s roads are scarred with potholes, so the fresh tarmac on the drive between Ndola and Kitwe, two cities in Zambia’s copper belt, is something of a treat. The country’s roadbuilding is financed by a $750m Eurobond (as dollar bonds issued outside America are known) issued in September 2012. The timing was perfect.

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from Your Middle East.. April 1, 2014 By Munir Atalla Listen to one of the best Arab songs we have heard. Video  MUSIC It's so beautiful. Epic in a way. Could this song find a place among the best of Arab music history? In 2002, a wispy 25-year-old Abdulrahman Mohammed walked into the Dubai studio of “Superstar”, the predecessor of the now famous “Arab Idol”. He timidly answered the judges’ questions and belted out a hurried rendition
from The Wall Street Journal.. April 3, 2014 By Juris Kaza Media Watchdog Cites Alleged 'War Propaganda' RIGA, Latvia—Latvia's media watchdog suspended the broadcast rights of a Russian-language state television station for three months, citing alleged "war propaganda," and is considering taking action against another Russian-language station. The moves by Latvia's National Electronic Mass Media Council come as public officials in the former Soviet state are increasingly cracking down on supporters of Russia President Vladimir Putin. A
from The Wall Street Journal.. April 3, 2014 By Sean Carney   Contract Extension Could Also Lessen Reliance of Other Former Communist States on Russia   A U.S.-based energy company and Ukraine are on the verge of signing a deal that would lessen Russia's influence and give the West greater leverage on the former Soviet republic. Westinghouse Electric Co. of Pennsylvania said on Thursday it is in negotiations to extend its contract with Ukraine energy operator Energoatom
from CP-Africa... April 3, 2014 Nigeria’s economy has surpassed South Africa’s economy as the largest on the continent after the country overhauled its Gross Domestic Product data for the first time in twenty four years. The country’s National Bureau of Statistics recalculated the value of Nigeria’s GDP based on production patterns in 2010 which resulted in an increase in the number of industries it measures to 46 from 33. It also gave greater weighting to sectors

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from The Economist.. March 29, 2014 | FREETOWN | From the print edition A campaign that may start to work A TATTERED poster tacked to a wall in a stuffy courtroom in Freetown, the Sierra Leonean capital, reads, “Rape is a Crime: Destroys Your Future”. Below it, a row of handcuffed men sit on a wooden bench staring submissively toward the ground. One is crying into his lawyer’s ear, pleading with him. A handwritten police report says he raped a
from the Financial Times.. April 2, 2014 By Kathrin Hille in Moscow, Neil Buckley in Kiev and Jack Farchy in Lausanne Russia has renounced the lease contracts with Ukraine for its Black Sea Fleet base in Sevastopol in a step that could exacerbate the backlash against Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Wednesday cancelling three agreements with Ukraine signed in 1997 governing the fleet’s basing in Sevastopol until 2017 and another one signed