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IMF: global recovery remains weak

IMF chief Christine Lagarde warned that governments had failed to deal with longstanding issues.

AIIB: China’s chequebook diplomacy

The rising superpower is pursuing its ambitions with a global bank to rival existing, US-dominated institutions. Britain has signed up. Should it have? Simon Wilson reports

Deal struck with Iran – but West must remain cautious

After marathon negotiations in Lausanne, Switzerland, officials from Iran and America announced that they have reached a preliminary agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme.

Will the deal with Iran dampen oil prices?

Th deal with Iran paves the way for a resumption of oil exports, raising the prospect of yet more oil hitting an already oversupplied market.

Why is Yemen falling apart?

Saudi Arabia has launched a bombing campaign against the state on its border. Why? And what will the fallout be for the region – and for the West? Simon Wilson reports.

Can Britain afford to skimp on its armed forces?

David Cameron has come under pressure to increase spending on Britain’s armed forces following criticism from senior American military figures.

Bill Bonner: hold on to your cash, the real financial crisis is yet to come

Merryn Somerset Webb talks to Bill Bonner about economic cycles, and the catastrophic credit crisis that will make 2008 look like a walk in the park.

Investing in water: Profit from liquid gold

The world is rapidly running out of water – back firms pioneering ways to recycle what’s left and you stand to make big gains, says Matthew Partridge.

It’s time to board the flight to quality

There’s been no shortage of things to worry about this year, says Tim Price. Investors should take action to protect their wealth.

The world is still drowning in debt

Almost eight years after the credit crunch began, the world’s debt pile is higher than ever – but don’t count on us making much of a dent in it.

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