Property for sale in London, 2009

UK: Is London seeding a property bubble?

The average property price in London has increased fourfold since 1995, soaring, slumping and soaring again in a volatile market that economists and commentators have struggled to get a grip on.

A sign for the Cuban Hospital in Qatar

Qatar: Cuban doctors in the desert

If you’re not coming to Dukhan to work at its famous oilfield or visit its isolated beaches there is a little reason to visit the Qatari town. Yet it is here that the recent completion of a new hospital marks Read on! →

Presidents Macky Sall and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Senegal: Tumultuous relations with Iran enter new chapter

Iranian diplomats were all smiles as they resumed ties with a rising African country at the 12th Islamic Summit in Cairo. The event on the evening of February 6th included a photo-op handshake and a signing ceremony, but the historic Read on! →

Police hold hands to contain protesters.

Jordan: All the King’s Men

Jordan’s monarchy weathered the Arab Spring. Yet all is not well in the Hashemite Kingdom. The monarchy’s decades-long high wire act might be set for a fall.

A sign attached to a fence of a mine reads 'Keep Out, Mine Void'

Australia: Is this the beginning of the end for mining boom?

This time last year, Roxby Downs was booming. In an Australian landscape dotted with constellations of metal, mineral and energy mines, Roxby was one of the most modern towns in Australia, growing out of an isolated patch of desert 563km Read on! →

Euro statue outside the European Central Bank in Frankfurt

Europe: Is ‘Euro solidarity’ simply divisive rhetoric?

Billions of Euros have been poured into the EFSF, Eurozone bailout fund; but is solidarity with fellow members a good enough motivation to contribute?

Independence marches in Catalonia, 2012

Spain: Determination remains strong for Catalan secession

Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish PM, and Artur Mas, Catalonia’s regional leader, met in March for secret talks to discuss Catalonia’s financial and political situation. Reports suggest that Mr Rajoy offered to consider a financial deal that would increase the deficit Read on! →

A pickup drives through Somalia's capital city, Mogadishu, with 6 armed men on the back.

Somalia: Is the constitution preventing a recovery? [Op-Ed]

Labelled as a failed state, Somalia is finally on the long road to recovery, but is their new constitution holding them back?

A child of Iranian descent shows his dissatisfaction with the results of the recent elections in Iran. Iranian students, faculty, community members and supporters gathered in front of Burruss Hall on the Virginia Tech campus on June 24, 2009, to protest the results of the Iranian presidential elections

Iran: In need of more than just a new president?

This year, Iranians will take to the polls to elect a new president. Although it is difficult to predict the outcome, one thing is certain: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is out.

Xi Jinping addresses an audience in New Zealand in 2010. He was still the Vice Presidnet at the time.

China: Xi pursues a unified communist ‘dream’

Last week, Xi Jinping took office as the President of the People’s Republic of China, officially assuming full power of his position during National People’s Congress. During his closing speech, Xi called upon the nation to unite in the pursuit Read on! →