on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

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Cash-rich Islamic State may have stashed up to $300 million in hopes of fighting on

While the group no longer has the billions it earned through extortion and smuggling, it has salvaged enough to remain a serious threat. more >

Will Ukraine’s election signal a new direction?

Elections this weekend may see the country step up its thus far lackluster reform efforts. more >

Ukraine anti-corruption record under scrutiny in election run-up

Corruption is a top election issue as Ukrainians prepare to go to the polls, with many critical of the authorities efforts to stamp out the problem.more >

Europe’s bid to salvage Iran nuclear deal under threat

A new trading channel circumventing US sanctions may falter over some Iranian lawmakers’ reluctance to adopt international financial regulations.more >

Can the West’s financial squeeze end the Maduro regime?

Venezuela’s president is facing mounting pressure to give up power as the international community suggest unknown Juan Guaidó to run the oil-rich country. more >

Ethiopia’s efforts to draw investors are undermined by ethnic violence

The country appears to be on the road to democracy and economic progress but ethnic divisions could prove to be an obstacle. more >

China rushes to dominate global supply of lithium

Beijing’s race to control supplies of lithium, used in powering electric cars, is leaving its rivals far behind.more >

Europe eyes eastern Med gas

Producer countries and neighbours in the region are stepping up efforts to export gas to European markets.more >

Afghanistan is currently at an impasse - these are the options going forward

Alaco Senior Associate Jonathan Clare argues that Afghans should be given the opportunity to resolve their differences as the West’s attempts to do so have come to naught. more >

Army’s critical role in Venezuelan power struggle

The Venezuelan army is likely to determine the outcome of the power struggle between President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidomore >

Notes from the field

Our work takes us all over the world. Here we share some of our more personal perspectives on some of the destinations we have visited, filed on location.

Reconstructing Dushanbe

Days before my arrival in Dushanbe, a prison riot in the northern city of Khujand, allegedly sparked by Islamic state militants, led to the deaths of over 20 inmates and several guards, raising a few eyebrows in the office.

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