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Sudan Launches Border Strikes against Ethiopia

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Recent border clashes in the disputed region of al-Fashaqa risk triggering a wider regional war.

Consumer Confidence Craters in Germany

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Geopolitical and domestic concerns continue to mount in Europe’s largest economy, with some commentators even asking: Is this the end of the German development model?

Ukraine War and Food Prices

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The Ukraine war has driven up food prices around the world, and there’s still room to grow.

PLA Navy Launches Prototype Drone Carrier

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China’s Zhu Hai Yun is the first drone carrier ever launched, marking a potential turning point in the evolving field of ‘drone swarm’ combat. It won’t be the last.

The Fed Hike Heard around the World

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Expect the Fed’s recent 75-basis-point hike to reverberate in central banks around the world, with particularly high stakes for emerging markets.

China: The Winding Road to Zero-COVID

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A new outbreak in the Beijing area is the latest blow to China’s ‘dynamic zero-COVID’ strategy, as economic costs from lockdowns and mass testing continue to mount.

US Natural Gas Prices Hit 14-Year High

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It’s a price reckoning that European consumers are already all too familiar with, and now US consumers are starting to feel the pain of high natural gas prices.

Plot Thickens for ECB: Inflation Remains Strong in Spain and Germany

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The latest data suggests that price increases have yet to peak in Europe.

China’s Diplomatic Push in the Pacific Stalls

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The apparent collapse of a wide-ranging security and economic agreement suggests a triangular arrangement for Pacific nations moving forward.

Food Protests Erupt in Iran

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Drought, global markets, and fiscal pressures are giving rise to a cost-of-living crisis in Iran, and it’s a risk that’s becoming increasingly common throughout the developing world as the Ukraine war drags on.

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