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Insight - As Cameron loses biggest gamble, Johnson looks biggest winner

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LONDON It was David Cameron's biggest gamble and he was convinced he would win. Now, the British leader's closest rival – in the EU referendum, in the Conservative Party and in the country – is the frontrunner to take his job.

Special Report - Is Donald Trump struggling to find the green with his golf investments?

TURNBERRY, Scotland When Donald Trump officially re-opens his Turnberry golf resort this week, he will be unveiling his most prestigious golf project yet. The seaside course has hosted The Open – Europe's only golf major – four times and is regularly listed as one of the world's top courses. It's also one of the biggest golf investments by the Republican party's presumptive presidential nominee.

23 Jun 2016

Insight - Africa’s richest man got a fistful of dollars in Nigerian currency squeeze  

LAGOS/LONDON As Nigeria grapples with a foreign exchange crisis, one person stands out in the scramble to obtain hard currency: Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man.

23 Jun 2016

Insight - How gas could warm relations between Israel and Turkey

JERUSALEM On the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in Washington in March, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a private meeting with Israel's energy minister, Yuval Steinitz. It was the highest level contact between Israel and Turkey since diplomatic relations broke down six years ago after Israeli forces raided a Turkish ship bound for Gaza, killing 10 Turkish activists.

20 Jun 2016

Pacing feet, rants, executions - inside the Orlando killer's rampage

ORLANDO, Fla. Patience Carter had been on the floor of the bathroom stall for hours, her right femur shattered by a bullet, pinned beneath friends and strangers.

15 Jun 2016

Insight - Fed's Yellen acknowledges difficulty of escaping world's low rate grip

WASHINGTON Evidence that the U.S. neutral rate of interest remains stalled near zero spurred the Federal Reserve to slow its expected pace of rate hikes on Wednesday, as policymakers signalled their hands may be tied until a rebound in global demand or other forces raise that key measure of the economy’s underlying strength.

16 Jun 2016

Insight - Wolf dens, not lone wolves, the norm in U.S. Islamic State plots

NEW YORK If Omar Mateen acted alone in plotting the massacre of 49 people at Orlando's Pulse gay nightclub, he would be the exception rather than the rule in U.S. cases involving suspected Islamic State supporters.

14 Jun 2016

Insight - Iceland's tourism boom fuels recovery, lays bare locals' plight

GRINDAVIK, Iceland On a recent weeknight Iceland's top tourist attraction, the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, is packed with visitors wearing mud masks and quaffing local beer, contributing to a tourism surge that is helping to fix an economy wrecked by the 2008 financial crisis.

13 Jun 2016

Insight - Whisked to Rome from Khartoum: people-smuggling kingpin or wrong man?

ROME The slender Eritrean man with a close-cropped beard was arrested by Sudanese police on the afternoon of May 24 at a coffee shop in Khartoum. Two weeks later, he was flown to Italy in what Italian and British officials hailed as a rare blow against human trafficking.

13 Jun 2016

Insight - How Yemen's wartime central bank keeps country afloat

DUBAI As civil war engulfs Yemen, the central bank is so committed to staying neutral that it pays salaries of soldiers on both sides.

10 Jun 2016
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Modi defends under-fire outgoing RBI chief Rajan

NEW DELHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised outgoing Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan on Monday, days after the central bank chief made public his decision to stand down after just one three-year term.