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  1. Business - Economy - SOVEREIGN DEBT

    Economic and security woes dim 'Africa rising' story

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 11:50am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... have had their credit ratings downgraded this year. Others are facing an upsurge in terrorism and ethnic violence, which is undermining political stability and threatening investment ... last month, foreign investors have not been put off by the violence and still believe in the country's growth story. Are they being too complacent? Probably. But even the most developed ...

  2. Business - Commodities - PRECIOUS METALS

    Gold price rally defies bearish forecasts

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:19am by Bloomberg

    ... earlier this month it will keep interest rates near record lows and violence spread in Iraq and Ukraine. The bulls are being rewarded. The value of gold funds rose US$4.9 billion this year ...

  3. Business - LAI SEE

    Hong Kong's political future looks bleak

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 02:05am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn The July 1 protest march has come and gone, but what does it mean? Despite the huge turnout, the atmosphere was generally cheerful and, thankfully, there was no violence to speak of, which some had feared. Nevertheless, the march will have confirmed the worst fears of the local and the central governments in that it indicates a lot of people are discontented. ...

  4. Business - Economy

    Geopolitics explode again

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 11:31am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... repercussions for other nations in the region, in particular war-torn Syria. The other is in Ukraine, the eastern half of which has been wracked by violence from pro-Russian separatists in the most ...

  5. Business - Commodities - COMMODITIES

    Iraq civil war fears send oil and gold prices up

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 05:13am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Wellington, Sydney and London Iraq civil war fears send oil and gold prices up Oil rose and gold climbed to near a three-week high as the escalation of violence in Iraq stoked concern that crude supplies will be disrupted and boosted the appeal of haven assets. European and American stock futures dropped, while the British pound reached the strongest in almost five ...

  6. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Can we believe the Security Bureau on Occupy Central?

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 05:57am by Howard Winn

    ... for bowing to political expediency, how much credibility are we supposed to give to Lai's recent warnings about the possibility of violence? Is he giving us a genuine assessment of the risk, ...

  7. Business - Companies - RETAILING

    Hong Kong supermarkets concerned by slave claims on Thai fishing fleet

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 05:57am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... violence between rival political factions, said analysts. "For Western companies, we have found that they continue to be cautious but are finding it hard to ignore the lure of these emerging ...

  8. Business - Commodities - ENERGY

    China's stockpiling keeping crude above US$100

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 01:58pm by BLOOM

    ... and violence. The purchases are helping to drive oil prices higher, according to analysts at Barclays, Citigroup and Nomura. As China's thirst for crude grows with the expansion of its emergency ...

  9. Business - Companies - SOURCING

    Li & Fung's US clients face delays as Vietnam plants shut amid rioting

    Posted May 15th 2014, 01:54pm by TIFFANY AP

    ... Tiffany Ap tiffany.ap@scmp.com Global supplier ready to get goods from other regions if violence in Vietnam gets out of control Vietnam riots hurt Li & Fung clients US clients of Li & Fung, the world's largest sourcing firm, face delays of about a week, as violent anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam have forced most foreign factories in Ho Chi Minh City to cease ...

  10. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Thailand stocks fall, baht drops amid martial law

    Posted May 21st 2014, 01:11am by BLOOM

    ... it may use force to counter any escalation of violence. Yingluck was removed on May 7 after a court ruled she abused her power. ...




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