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A Crypto Tycoon, Banking Heir and the Mysterious Fight for Gold

A Crypto Tycoon, Banking Heir and the Mysterious Fight for Gold

The battle for some of Russia’s richest gold mines has an unusual cast of characters: the scion of one of Europe’s great banking families, a Kazakh tycoon with his own cryptocurrency, hedge fund D.E.
Catalan Separatists Unearth Another Radical to Lead Region

Catalan Separatists Unearth Another Radical to Lead Region

After more than a decade writing and editing books about the history of Catalonia, Joaquim Torra now has the chance to write its next chapter.
Italy Populist Proposals Face Difficult Road Ahead, Analysts Say

Italy Populist Proposals Face Difficult Road Ahead, Analysts Say

While Italy’s populist duo nears the completion of a governing plan that includes a flat tax and guaranteed income for the poor, markets are taking the news in their stride as investors and analysts
Goodbye, Outsiders: Brazil Election Field Set to Shrink Further

Goodbye, Outsiders: Brazil Election Field Set to Shrink Further

Brazil’s presidential election race is quickly thinning and will ironically leave only seasoned politicians able to win a race marked by deep-seated, anti-establishment sentiment.
Pentagon Eases Secrecy Over Cloud Contract as Amazon Rivals Fret

Pentagon Eases Secrecy Over Cloud Contract as Amazon Rivals Fret

The Pentagon defended its planned winner-take-all award for a multibillion-dollar cloud computing contract, calling the effort to choose a single provider the best approach for “rapidly delivering new
Orban Plans Tougher NGO Law in Showdown With European Party Ally

Orban Plans Tougher NGO Law in Showdown With European Party Ally

Hungary’s new cabinet will toughen a planned legislative crack-down on non-governmental organizations, raising the stakes in a democracy debate that threatens the ruling party’s membership in a key
Pakistan Rejects Ex-PM's Criticism Over Mumbai Attack Handling

Pakistan Rejects Ex-PM's Criticism Over Mumbai Attack Handling

Pakistan’s top military and civilian leaders on Monday rejected criticisms by former premier Nawaz Sharif over the nation’s handling of militant groups and the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
URGENT: The Latest: OIC Condemns US Embassy Move to Jerusalem

URGENT: The Latest: OIC Condemns US Embassy Move to Jerusalem

Jerusalem (AP) -- The Latest on the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and Palestinian protests (all times local):
Trump, Xi Ease Trade Tensions With ZTE, Qualcomm Reversals

Trump, Xi Ease Trade Tensions With ZTE, Qualcomm Reversals

The U.S. and China signaled a desire to avoid a costly trade war after President Donald Trump offered a lifeline to beleaguered telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp. and China’s Xi Jinping dispatched his
Early Results in Iraq Election Favor Populist Cleric Al-Sadr

Early Results in Iraq Election Favor Populist Cleric Al-Sadr

Baghdad (AP) -- A populist coalition organized by influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr emerged as the early front-runner Monday with half the vote counted in Iraq's national election.
When Mahathir Met Mandela. And Reagan. And Suharto. And Soros

When Mahathir Met Mandela. And Reagan. And Suharto. And Soros

At the age of 92 Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad has burst back onto the world's political scene, 15 years after slipping into retirement. With the world's eyes on the probe into the multi-billion dollar
Why Palestinians Demand a ‘Right of Return’ to Israel

Why Palestinians Demand a ‘Right of Return’ to Israel

For Palestinians, May 15 on the calendar means “Nakba,” the Arabic word for disaster. It’s the day after Israel declared independence in 1948, and marks a war in which some 700,000 Arabs were expelled
Ukrainians Pin Hopes on Comedian and Rock Star to Fix Future

Ukrainians Pin Hopes on Comedian and Rock Star to Fix Future

Ukrainians are so fed up with their political leaders that they’d rather back novices including a comedian or a rock singer at elections next year. Neither has even confirmed he’ll run yet.
What the Expectations Are for Malaysia's Mahathir

What the Expectations Are for Malaysia's Mahathir

Parti Keadilan Rakyat MP MP for Lembah Pantai Fahmi Fadzil discusses the Malaysian election win of Mahathir Mohamad. Fadzil speaks on "Bloomberg Markets." (Source: Bloomberg)
Malaysia Seeing Political Continuity, Professor Gomez Says

Malaysia Seeing Political Continuity, Professor Gomez Says

University of Malaya Professor of Political Economy Terence Gomez discusses the Malaysian markets and economic policies in the wake of Mahathir Mohamad securing the election win. Gomez speaks on
The Ink Is Almost Dry on Italy’s 15% Flat Tax Rate

The Ink Is Almost Dry on Italy’s 15% Flat Tax Rate

Italy’s populist duo has all but completed a governing plan that includes a flat tax as low as 15 percent, a guaranteed income for the poor and a lower retirement age as they prepare to seek a green
May Asks for ‘Trust’ With Cabinet at Breaking Point Over Brexit

May Asks for ‘Trust’ With Cabinet at Breaking Point Over Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May faces a crunch week for her leadership and Brexit plan, with ministers and backbenchers in her Conservative Party feuding over Britain’s future ties to the European Union.
Europe Steps Up Bid to Salvage Iran Nuclear Deal

Europe Steps Up Bid to Salvage Iran Nuclear Deal

European powers alarmed by President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord set out this week on an urgent search for ways to hold the deal together.
U.K. Urgently Needs Post-Brexit Foreign Policy Plan, Panel Says

U.K. Urgently Needs Post-Brexit Foreign Policy Plan, Panel Says

The U.K. must spell out plans for post-Brexit co-operation on foreign and security policy before next month’s European Council if it is to live up to its goal of continuing to work closely with its
Battle to Survive in Congo Republic as Wages, Pensions Stop

Battle to Survive in Congo Republic as Wages, Pensions Stop

If it wasn’t for two sons in France sending money, pensioner George Kimbembe says he’d have joined the ranks of the dead in the Republic of Congo’s capital, Brazzaville.