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The Islamic State group has strengthened its grip in its Libyan stronghold Sirte as new recruits and foreign fighters join its ranks while world attention focuses on Iraq and Syria.
Mainland China's US$400 million stake in Premier League giants Manchester City underlines the nation's soaring ambitions in soccer -- and how its investors are seeking profits as well as prestige, analysts said.
When the mainland Chinese leader and African leaders meet this week to bolster economic ties, the elephant in the room will be the trade in ivory -- and conservationists want the issue on the table.
For Ankara, the Islamic State group is an officially listed terrorist organization that poses an immediate threat to Turkish territory. But for critics, Turkey directly encouraged the rise of the group in Syria and has even profited from its success.
The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) recognition of mainland China's currency is a step toward encouraging its global use, but banks will remain reluctant to hold yuan unless Beijing pushes deeper financial reforms, analysts say.
African leaders and mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping will hold two days of talks in Johannesburg starting Friday as the continent seeks to secure further massive investment despite China's economic slowdown.
Falling oil prices can be both a boon and bane for the global economy, but for the European Central Bank they are now a major headache because they are keeping eurozone inflation much lower than it would like.
The U.S.-led coalition has made Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish forces primary allies against the Islamic State jihadist group, but over-reliance on the Kurds carries risks, analysts warn.
Saudi-led Gulf OPEC members will reject pressure to shoulder the cost of cutting oil production alone despite warnings that prices risk sliding further, officials and analysts say.
A U.S. investigation into a strike on a charity-run Afghan hospital cited mistakes so "reckless" that observers said they left open the unsettling question of whether those involved had ripped up their own rulebook in a chaotic effort to take out the Taliban.
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