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Australia’s central bank says labour market conditions have been weaker than expected. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Vital Signs: where are all the jobs?

Wages are sluggish, underemployment seems stubbornly high, and there is a continued push to part-time rather than full-time employment.
A member of Ghana’s navy attends celebrations in Accra to mark the country’s 60th independence anniversary. EPA/Christian Thompson

Ghana is 60: An African success story with tough challenges ahead

Ghana is very much the African rising star 60 years after independence with an exemplary record in health and education. But it's struggling like many of its peers to meet social and economic targets.
The IMF was blamed after the 2014 Ebola crisis for contributing to the failure of West African health systems to develop. Reuters/Baz Ratner

How years of IMF prescriptions have hurt West African health systems

West African health systems were weak before the IMF got involved. Sadly, the policy reforms demanded by the IMF in exchange for loans have undermined governments' ability to repair these problems.
Protesters call for the removal of South African President Jacob Zuma. Civil society has a major role to play in South Africa. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

South Africa’s economy will be stuck unless there’s new political alignment

South Africa's ruling party has lost its moral and intellectual capacity to claim the mantle of leadership. The country's economy won't recover unless new political alignments emerge.
The 82nd Airborne taking part in NATO exercises in Spain. Paul Hanna/Reuters

Clinton and Trump: different visions of America abroad

No election in recent times has so clearly presented American voters with such a stark choice when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. A guide to the major differences.
Major development banks are funding logging, mining and infrastructure projects that are having enormous impacts on nature. Here, forests are being razed along a newly constructed road in central Amazonia. William Laurance

Development banks threaten to unleash an infrastructure tsunami on the environment

Big new investors such as the Asian Infrastructure Development Bank are key players in a worldwide infrastructure, and that could be bad news for the environment.

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