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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.
High-rise buildings amid shacks in Luanda. President Dos Santo has announced plans to retire amid growing unease among Angolans over deepening poverty despite a recent oil boom. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Dos Santos maintains the status quo while suggesting change in Angola

Angola's Dos Santos is buying time. His promise to step down is an attempt to diffuse growing political tensions, as repression continues. He might relinquish his position, but not his power.
Arthur Lewis' impossible mission was to make possible Kwame Nkrumah’s famous slogan: seek ye first the political kingdom … Reuters/Sahra Abdi

Ghana: lessons from Nkrumah’s fallout with his economic adviser

Nobel laureate and Kwame Nkrumah's economic adviser Arthur Lewis saw Ghana as a testing ground for his ideas on economic development. But he was met with fierce resistance.
South Africans take their cue from what Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says about the country’s economic outlook. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Economic forecasting: why it matters and why it’s so often wrong

Forecasts are crucial for all economic and business activity. But looking into the future involves uncertainty and risk. Forecasts may be inaccurate, which creates a serious dilemma for policy makers
Most of the world’s poorest people now reside in middle-income as opposed to low-income countries. Reuters/James Akena

Development aid works over time, but must adapt to 21st-century needs

Recent studies show that development aid to poor countries contributes in the long term to their economic growth. But the aid architecture has adapted slowly to a new reality.
The Monday market in front of the Grand Mosque of Djenné, Mali. qiv/Flickr

Why the recovery plan for Mali is unconvincing

The international conference for the economic recovery of Mali resulted in promises of substantial aid, but the areas targeted fail to address the country's real needs.
A freeze of donor funding has resulted in the Malawian government not hiring a group of nurses and intern doctors. Reuters/Eldson Chagara

How IMF’s loan freeze will affect health care in Malawi

A group of junior doctors, nurses and healthcare workers will not be employed by the Malawian government this year as it is cuts its wage bill to satisfy its international donors.
Greek demonstrators protested as its government voted to accept the latest austerity conditions. Greece would have been better off exiting the Eurozone. AAP/New Zulu/Gael Michaud

Greece’s best chance of escaping economic misery was a ‘Grexit’

If Greece exited the Eurozone it would face several years of economic chaos. But it would be the master of its own destiny. The current EU offer will further destroy the Greek economy.

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