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Ratings Agency Sounds Alarm on China Debt

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S&P Global has recently warned that hidden, local-level debt in China could be as high as $6 trillion.

DRC Ebola Cases Spike amid Rebel Attacks

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Infections have more than doubled since aid operations were disrupted by a wave of rebel attacks.

TAP Pipeline: Look Who’s Switching Off the Gas This Time

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It's not Moscow, but the new government in Rome that might be turning off the TAP and dooming the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline project.

Emerging Markets Report (10-05-2018)

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After a new sell-off in emerging markets around the world, all eyes are on today’s US jobs report.

FLASH: IMF’s Post-2009 Financial Crisis Regulatory Report Card

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The IMF’s latest report warns that the global financial system hasn’t yet fully learned the lessons of 2009.

FLASH: Oil Prices Continue to Creep Upward

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Oil traders are bullish in the shadow of pending Iran sanctions, with some projections suggesting a return of $100-per-barrel prices.

FLASH: Modi Turns to Import Duties to Stabilize the Rupee

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The government of India has slapped new import duties on 19 non-essential products in an effort to reduce the current account deficit and shore up the value of the rupee.

FLASH: OPEC Goes Rogue on Trump, Keeps Production Steady

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President Trump’s cozy relationship with Saudi Arabia failed to translate into a production hike from OPEC+ over the weekend.

Backgrounder: Nord Stream 2

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Key background information on Nord Stream 2, the energy pipeline that was center stage at this week’s NATO summit.

Will Argentinians Accept More Austerity?

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The Macri administration has been plunged into a perfect economic storm. Will it be able to weather it with more ‘gradual austerity,’ or are people already fed up?

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