• Sun-04-2024
The $2bn dirty-money case that rocked Singapore (April 12, 2024, BBC)

How did these men, some of whom had multiple passports from Cambodia, Vanuatu, Cyprus and Dominica, live and bank in Singapore for years without drawing scrutiny? It has sparked a review of policies, with banks tightening rules, especially around clients who hold multiple passports.

  • Sun-04-2024
Sri Lanka cultivates sustainable fashion for an economic revival (March 5, 2024, Nikkei Asia) (Subscription Required)

Hosting an International Climate Change Forum last November, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe spoke of plans to transition to a clean economy and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.

  • Sun-04-2024
BBC Analysis: Morocco Faces Severe Drought as Al Massira Reservoir Dries Up (April 12, 2024, Morocco World News)

Morocco has been experiencing six consecutive years of drought, exacerbated by climate change, which has led to record temperatures and increased evaporation. This has threatened water supplies across the country and has had a significant impact on agriculture and the economy.

  • Sun-04-2024
End of the Line? Saudi Arabia ‘forced to scale back’ plans for desert megacity (April 10, 2024, The Guardian)

Dreamed up as a linear city that would eventually be home to about 9 million people on a footprint of just 13 sq miles, the Line is part of a wider Neom project.

  • Sun-04-2024
Bhutan launches a metaverse gateway to provide a glimpse of country’s art, culture, and architecture (February 21, 2024, Education Times)

Named as Bhutanverse - the platform connects with country with the world through technology.

  • Sun-04-2024
Turkmenistan: Things that make it so unique and bizarre at the same time (March 1, 2024, Times of India)

Today, Turkmenistan is one of the least visited countries in the world. Those who have visited, are often left flabbergasted by some of the most unusual rules that are in place in the country. It’s these unusual rules and regulations that make Turkmenistan such a unique country to visit.

  • Sun-04-2024
Babies are starving as Yemen teeters on brink of collapse - while Houthis use Gaza crisis to earn 'hero' status (April 10, 2024, Sky News)

The longer, more costly journey avoiding the Red Sea and going around the Cape of Good Hope has sent the price of goods up everywhere. The outcome is the poorest countries with the poorest populations have been most severely impacted. And that includes Yemen.

  • Sun-04-2024
Battle of Ain Jalut: unraveling first Mongol defeat in Western Asia (April 7, 2024, The Jordan Times)

The consequences of the Mongol campaign affected both urban and rural centres in Syria and northern Transjordan where Ayyubid-Mamluk economy heavily relied on agriculture. The taxes collected off the cereal production in northern Transjordan represented a significant profit for the state. Due to the Mongol invasion and depopulation of rural areas, the interruption of trade and agricultural production occurred and it had a direct negative impact on the economy of the state.

  • Sun-04-2024
Bahrain’s king takes activists by surprise with pardon for at least 1,500 prisoners (April 9, 2024, The Guardian)

On social media, joyful scenes of families being reunited in their homes were screened, including some who had not been in their family home for as long as a decade.

  • Sun-04-2024
Pakistan: New Govt must repeal blasphemy laws to protect Christians (March 11, 2024, Release International)

As Pakistan emerges from its national elections, UK-based Release International calls on the new government to repeal the country’s notorious blasphemy laws and prevent forced conversions.