Category Archives: politics

Global Economic Prospects: Middle East and North Africa

Recent developments: Growth in the Middle East and North Africa is estimated to have improved to 1.7 percent in 2018, contributed by acceleration in activity of both oil exporters and importers.

Growth among oil exporters is estimated to have strengthened …

Iran, Gaza on Agenda as Pompeo Visits Egypt

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting with Egyptian officials Thursday in Cairo as he seeks support from allies to apply further pressure on Iran.

Pompeo is scheduled to give an afternoon speech about the U.S. relationship with the …

Police, Media: Suspicious Packages Sent to Up to 14 Diplomatic Missions in Australia

Police in Australia said on Wednesday they are investigating several suspicious packages sent to embassies and consulates, which media reports and other officials said included the U.S. and British missions, in the cities of Melbourne and Canberra.

There were no …

Darkening Prospects: Global Economy to Slow to 2.9 percent in 2019 as Trade, Investment Weaken

WASHINGTON�Global economic growth is projected to soften from a downwardly revised 3 percent in 2018 to 2.9 percent in 2019 amid rising downside risks to the outlook, the World Bank said on Tuesday. International trade and manufacturing activity have softened, …

Trump Defends His Planned Troop Withdrawal from Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday defended his planned withdrawal of all 2,000 American troops from Syria, attacking critics of the action as chronic complainers.

In a string of Twitter remarks, Trump said, “If anybody but Donald Trump did what …