Business & Economy

Thousands protest against austerity in Greece

Almost 18,000 people take to the streets of Athens and Thessaloniki against new round of cuts in pension and tax break.

US & Canada

Puerto Rico: 179 public schools to close amid financial crisis

The US territory of Puerto Rico plans to close 179 schools due to crippling debt of more than $70 bn.


China's Silk Road project: A trap or an opportunity?

China's trading partners are concerned that the new Silk Road project may get them stuck in a 'debt-trap diplomacy'.

Richard Javad Heydarian

by Richard Javad Heydarian

Richard Javad Heydarian


Security concerns stifle investment in Afghanistan

Afghanistan watched its economy improve slightly after the overthrow of the Taliban in Kabul in 2001, but it has fallen on hard times once again. Fewer security forces brought greater safety concerns and less investment.


Greece: A gateway for China's New Silk Road into Europe

Chinese shipping company COSCO is the majority stakeholder in Piraeus port, Greece’s largest, and Chinese officials harbour hopes it will become a major international trading hub.

Asia Pacific

World leaders sign deal at China's New Silk Road summit

On final day of two-day forum in Beijing, President Xi Jinping urged world leaders to embrace globalisation.

Asia Pacific

China's Muslim Uighurs look to cash in on 'New Silk Road'

Chinese officials say the country’s "One Belt, One Road" initiative will start a new wave of globalisation, bringing prosperity to all those involved.


Pakistan a hub in China's 'New Silk Road'

Pakistan is a key player in China's Belt and Road Initiative that has become known as the the "New Silk Road".

Business & Economy

Global cyberattack alert as experts warn of more havoc

Experts warn firms to update security software, as Microsoft partly blames US government for massive ransomware attack.

Inside Story

Reviving the 'silk road'

China has pledged billions of dollars for new trade routes over land and sea.


Mongolia sees light over 'New Silk Road'

The government of landlocked Mongolia is hoping China’s so-called 'One Road, One Belt' project will prove beneficial by expanding its railway system.


China hosts Silk Road forum to revive trade route

Beijing is hosting its biggest diplomatic event aimed at kicking off the 'One Belt, One Road' initiative to boost trade.


Thousands protest Tunisia's corruption amnesty bill

Proposed law gives amnesty to businessmen accused of corruption under overthrown president Ben Ali.

Thousands protest Tunisia's corruption amnesty bill

Counting the Cost

China's mission to reinvent the Silk Road

Beijing's One Belt, One Road project aims to boost trade and connect three billion people in Asia, Africa and Europe.

Inside Story

What's behind Snapchat's financial difficulties?

Social media app Snapchat reported a loss of $2.2bn in the first quarter of 2017.