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Why Nepal will bounce back stronger

The two earthquakes that hit Nepal in April and May 2015 were the largest natural calamity in the country in over 80 years. Finance minister Ram Sharan Mahat describes how the country is recovering, and explains why the Nepal that rises from the rubble will be stronger than ever.

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US-Cuban relations: progress, challenges and surprises

The announcement in December 2014 of a restoration of normal relations between Cuba and the US shocked many, and thus far very little opposition has been registered. However, this inactivity should not shroud the challenges that lie ahead for both countries, says Peter Hakim of Inter-American Dialogue.

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Malaysia's great balancing act

Watching the success of its Asian counterparts acted as the catalyst for Malaysia to rethink its economy, reducing its dependence on natural resources and putting greater faith in the private sector, all while reducing government spending and keeping debt to a manageable level. The country's minister without portfolio, Idris Jala, describes the plan's progress. 

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Sierra Leone minister of foreign affairs looks to post-Ebola recovery

In 2014, the Ebola crisis and a collapse in iron ore prices shattered the steady economic improvements made by Sierra Leone in the years since its civil war ended. Its minister of foreign affairs, Dr Samura Kamara, describes how the country is recovering from these blows and is looking to a more positive future.

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China slowdown highlights importance of reforming during peaks, not troughs

The slowdown in China is hitting export-dependent emerging economies hard. It is those that planned for the bad times during the good, however, that will suffer the least.

Europe needs a proportionate rethink on bank regulation

EU bank regulation should be applied consistently on a proportionate basis that reflects the size and business model of the banks being regulated.

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Iran and Cuba's warm welcome could run cold

Major progress has been achieved in the reconciliation between the US and its old adversaries, Cuba and Iran. But there are many hurdles to be overcome before normal relations are restored.

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An era of common sense? Here's hoping...

Now that the effects of the crisis are settling, it is time for new, sensible rules to prevent banks from getting into trouble again.

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A 'made-in-China' recession makes for familiar reading

A Chinese recession – or even continued sluggish economic growth – would have global repercussions unimaginable even a decade ago. Yet the lessons of slowdowns and depressions in other superpowers appear to have gone unheeded in the Far East.

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Lehman lessons: what will happen should another SIFI fail?

Another collapse akin to that of Lehman Brothers would have a significantly lessened impact on the financial world, a Fitch report has found. However, Brian Caplen warns that there is no room for complacency.

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