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Oman bucks Gulf recession trend

Compared to its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) neighbours that have spent lavishly over the past decade on infrastructure and real estate projects, the Sultanate, at the south-east of the Arabia and thus far, the relative poor man of the GCC, has lagged behind in infrastructure roll out.…

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G20 should stop protectionists deepening recession

Everyone says trade is the best way out – but on their own terms: last November, the G20 leaders signed a pledge against protectionism yet, in the second half of 2008, 17 out of the G20 passed 47 restrictions of trade, the World Bank claims. …

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International brawl looms over Arctic rights

Beneath the thinning ice lies the tantalising prospect of up to a quarter of the world’s untapped oil and gas reserves and the promise of new shipping routes between East and West. It’s enough to turn the heads of even the most placid nations.…

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News agencies offer editors value for money in hard economic times

They also can use our foreign desk to outsource managing a team of experienced journalists. Client editors need only tell one International News Services manager what articles they need and the demands of the readership, and we will do the rest, including copy editing to ensure a reliably high standard.To…

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News agencies offer editors value for money in hard economic times

They also can use our foreign desk to outsource managing a team of experienced journalists. Client editors need only tell one International News Services manager what articles they need and the demands of the readership, and we will do the rest, including copy editing to ensure a reliably high standard.…

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New Kyoto Protocol talks will be key 2009 focus

December’s United Nations negotiations on climate change in Poznan, Poland, concluded with relatively little progress. Delegates voted to activate a fund to help poor countries adapt to the changing climate, for example, but they did not approve a mechanism to put cash in the fund.…

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Obama promises fresh engagement with international organisations

Mr Bush famously launched the Iraq war without authorisation from the UN, and he later nominated as ambassador to the world body John Bolton, a man known for his harsh criticism of the institution. Mr Obama, by contrast, has sent a key early signal that he plans to re-engage with the UN as part of a broader strategy to bolster American diplomacy and improve its image throughout the world.…

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Globalisation means countries can prosper from worldwide recession - if they are smart

Bangladesh is one of the unexpected gainers, especially as 75.83% of its national exports come from knitwear (39.21%) and woven goods (36.62%), primarily to the European Union (EU) and US markets. The expectation might be that exports of Bangladeshi ready made garments would slide in accordance with the drop in global stock markets and plummeting retail sales.…

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French protectionism threatens world trade

Late November’s French government paper setting out ideas for a meeting of EU agriculture ministers, when the future of the CAP was to be discussed, makes clear that France wants to preserve the traditional shape of the CAP with protection of farmers’ incomes uppermost.…

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Roof collapse highlights European Parliament circus' wasted millions

The issue came up recently when a roof collapsed in the parliament’s building in Strasbourg in France so that the assembly was obliged to hold two plenary sessions at its other headquarters in Brussels. Because the parliament didn’t have to move a travelling circus of MEPs, officials, office equipment, files and all its other paraphernalia across to the French city, it saved between Euros 3 to 4 million in operating costs.…

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