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Nuclear deal may have swept away many sanctions, but Iran struggles to mesh with global financial system

By Paul Cochrane, in Beirut   Following the international agreement limiting its nuclear power ambitions, Iran is essentially open for business. However, certain US sanctions remain in place, adding to Western banks’ caution in dealing with Iran, long a pariah to global investors and bankers. Indeed, the biggest challenge will be reintegrating Iran’s financial institutions back into the international system after their years’ long experience of dealing with, and circumventing, sanctions.

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SMALL UNRECOGNISED STATES CREATES HEADACHES FOR AIRPORT ADMINISTRATION

BY MARK ROWE, MICHAEL KOSMIDES, IN ATHENS, AND MOHAMMED YUSUF, IN NAIROBI



INTERNATIONAL civil aviation procedures are designed to create predictability. But they are not usually applicable for airports in territories that have declared independence, but have not achieved full international recognition, or a seat at the United Nations. What are the implications for airports in a country that does not officially exist?

Europe has a clutch of these territories. Kosovo's Pristina Adem Jashari airport is a case in point. Opened in ...
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SOUTH AFRICA AWARDS CONTRACTS AS IT LAUNCHES PROGRAMME TO DEVELOP GREEN ENERGY

BY BILL CORCORAN, IN CAPE TOWN



WHEN the South African government signed contracts in early November with 28 independent renewable energy providers, the moment marked a significant milestone in the country's efforts to reduce its reliance on coal-fired plants for power.

To date, the power needs of Africa's largest economy have primarily been met by its numerous coal-fired power plants, although around 6.5% of its electricity is also provided by the Koeberg nuclear power station's two reactors outside Cape Town in the Western ...
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AIRLESS PACKAGING BECOMES MORE ACCESSIBLE FOR COSMETICS BRANDS

BY MJ DESCHAMPS



WHILE oxygen is essential to human life, it can of course also be a cosmetic product's worst enemy.

For most cosmetics manufacturers, prolonging the life of their products means creating packaging with as tight a seal as possible - hence, the industry's growing demand for airless packaging, helping assure both a brand and its consumer that a cosmetics product will be good to the last drop.

"Airless packaging protects the contents [of a cosmetics or personal care product] from degradation; ...
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Climate change spreads infectious diseases worldwide

mosquitoBy Alyshah Hasham, International News Services

As negotiators at the recent United Nations climate change conference in Cancun wrapped up their work, one problem concentrating minds enough to secure a partial deal was the spread of disease on the coat-tails of global warming. Infectious diseases are spreading to regions where they were previously absent, driven by warmer temperatures and changing rainfall patterns. Europe and North America have been seeing an increase in cases of West Nile disease, which as the name suggests thrives in tropical and sub-tropical regions. Warmer temperatures are allowing the mosquitoes that carry the disease to roam further north. It’s a similar story for diseases such as dengue fever or tick-borne encephalitis (which causes brain inflammation).

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