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Navigating a new landscape of compliance

Companies that defy economic embargoes face huge fines or the removal of export permissions. As sanctions become increasingly complex, businesses must be alert to inadvertent breaches, warns Tom Blass.

Shale gas: balancing the pros and cons

Shale gas: balancing the pros and cons

Shale gas may be plentiful in supply but the high cost of extraction is raising questions about the profitability of this new source of energy.

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MENA countries eye manufacturing change

The turmoil that has beset the Middle East and north African political scene over the past two years has brought about a change in its investment mindset too, with many countries in the region looking to diversify their industrial output.

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Negotiating the MENA sanctions stranglehold

As the EU imposes an oil embargo on Iran and the screws tighten on neighbouring Syria, foreign companies doing business with the affected countries are scrambling to stay on the right side of the law while hedging against their losses. 

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Morocco looks to play to tourism strengths

Attracting travellers to Morocco is not difficult, given its array of natural attractions and reputation as a cultural hot-spot. However, the country's government is not resting on its laurels, and has launched a plan to pull in more tourists, and in doing so attract more foreign investment and create more jobs.

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Culture title rewards Wallonia's appetite for progress

The Walloon city of Mons in Belgium has been awarded the European Capital of Culture 2015 crown. 


Turning Iraq's 'oil curse' into a blessing

Iraq's abundance of oil has been blamed for much of its instability over the past few decades. However, its new government is vowing to use the country's oil reserves to bring greater unity to the Middle East.

Russia faces a steep challenge in Northern Caucasus

Russia is bringing to bear massive investment and bold ideas in its approach to restoring calm to the restive Northern Caucasus region. Years of conflict, coupled with the cultural complexity of the area, make the task no mean feat.


Tunisia's revolution: a nation in transit

Tunisians may be waving the banner of freedom, but the country will need to tackle many challenges in the aftermath of its revolution, including high unemployment and political uncertainty. 

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Wallonia's aeronautical industry sets out its stall at Paris Air Show

The dominant player in Belgium's aerospace sector, Wallonia is out to prove at Le Bourget this year that it has what it takes to remain competitive in the face of increasing demand, despite the value of its exports falling dramatically due to the global financial crisis

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