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    1. February 4, 2016

      Oil: From boom to bailout

      Since the start of the 21st century the South American nation of Suriname, population 540,000, has been riding a...

    2. February 4, 2016

      A debt default may be Venezuelans’ best hope

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    1. Fast FT

      February 1, 2016

      Kazakhstan raises rates 100bps to 17%

      The National Bank of Kazakhstan has raised its benchmark interest rate by a full percentage point to 17 per cent as the...

    2. January 31, 2016

      Nigeria asks for $3.5bn emergency loans

      Nigeria has asked the World Bank and African Development Bank for $3.5bn in emergency loans to fill a growing gap in...

    3. January 29, 2016

      Azerbaijan’s credit rating cut to junk by S&P

      Standard & Poor’s cut Azerbaijan’s credit rating to junk on Friday and predicted its economy would contract this year...

    4. Fast FT

      January 29, 2016

      S&P cuts Azerbaijan to junk on oil concern

      Standard & Poor’s cut Azerbaijan’s credit rating to junk on Friday and predicted its economy would contract this year...

    5. January 28, 2016

      Azerbaijan outlines plans to raise $2bn without external aid

      Azerbaijan’s finance minister has set out plans to raise $2bn in state-guaranteed bonds and privatise government assets...

    6. January 28, 2016

      Falling oil price raises prospect of bailouts for crude producers

      With the arrival of teams from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Azerbaijan this week, oil dependent...

    7. January 27, 2016

      IMF and World Bank move to forestall oil-led defaults

      Officials from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are heading to Azerbaijan to discuss a possible $4bn...

    8. January 25, 2016

      Azerbaijan leader enters uncharted territory as oil boom ends

      If any world leader has surfed the wave of the oil boom, it is Ilham Aliyev. In 2003, just as oil prices began to soar,...

    9. Fast FT

      January 22, 2016

      Fitch keeps wary eye on Azerbaijan after controls

      Ratings agency Fitch is keeping a watching brief on Azerbaijan after it earlier this week introduced a 20 per cent tax...

    10. January 19, 2016

      Azerbaijan resorts to capital controls as oil crunch worsens

      Azerbaijan is to impose a 20 per cent tax on transactions to remove cash from the country, as the oil-dependent...

    11. Fast FT

      January 19, 2016

      Slipping on oil, Azerbaijan to slap 20% tax on cash outflows

      Azerbaijan is to impose a 20 per cent tax on taking money out of the country, as the oil-dependent government scrambles...

    12. January 11, 2016

      Oil trains sidelined by deepening slump in US shale

      The amount of oil hauled on US railways has declined steeply in the past year as refineries swallow more foreign...

    13. January 6, 2016

      Sunni and Shia: explaining the divide

      What caused the schism in Islam? The schism that led Muslims to split into two main denominations, Sunni and Shia,...

    14. Fast FT

      December 21, 2015

      The manat of the moment: What's next after Azerbaijan's de-peg?

      Another currency peg bites the dust. Azerbaijan has followed Kazakhstan’s lead and abandoned the manat’s dollar peg...

    15. December 21, 2015

      Azerbaijani manat collapses after government abandons dollar peg

      Azerbaijan’s central bank abandoned its dollar peg on Monday and allowed its currency to tumble by almost a third, the...

    16. Fast FT

      December 21, 2015

      Azerbaijan abandons currency peg, floats manat

      Taking a page out Kazakhstan’s playbook, the central bank of Azerbaijan has abandoned its currency peg and floated the...

    17. December 8, 2015

      Trump’s anti-Muslim remarks spark outrage in the Gulf

      A string of hostile comments towards Muslims by US Republican hopeful Donald Trump have done little to dent his runaway...

    18. November 14, 2015

      Brands battle for a piece of Baku’s flourishing retail scene

      As oil money has poured into Baku so have the jewellers. “You see brands in Baku that you don’t even have in Vienna,”...

    19. October 23, 2015

      Central Asian oil importers hit the buffers

      Economic growth will slow more sharply in central Asia’s oil and gas importers than in its energy exporters this year,...

    20. October 16, 2015

      Coe to take the game to big sport

      Lord Coe, who led London’s 2012 Olympics bid, plans to use a war chest of “hundreds of millions” of pounds to build a...

    21. October 15, 2015

      Muddy Waters attacks TeliaSonera over transparency

      Muddy Waters, the US short seller, has accused TeliaSonera of withholding information about alleged corruption in the...

    22. FT Alphaville

      October 15, 2015

      TeliaSonera, targeted

      Some Swedish upset on Thursday, thanks to Muddy Waters… That’s TeliaSonera, down 7 per cent at pixel, with the shares...

    23. October 7, 2015

      Search is on for rich chess sponsors

      Chess and golf may appear to share little in common — to begin with, their playing environments could hardly be more...

    24. September 17, 2015

      TeliaSonera set for Eurasia exodus in wake of corruption claims

      TeliaSonera, deeply shaken by a corruption scandal in Uzbekistan, is to withdraw from all central Asian countries as...

    25. September 8, 2015

      Roadside bomb kills 14 police as violence worsens in Turkey

      At least 14 Turkish police were killed in a roadside bomb attack close to the Turkey-Azerbaijan border on Tuesday. The...

    26. August 13, 2015

      Azerbaijan jails human rights couple Leyla and Arif Yunus

      An Azerbaijani court on Thursday handed lengthy jail sentences to two of the country’s most prominent human rights...

    27. July 10, 2015

      India and Pakistan join Shanghai Co-operation Organisation

      The Shanghai Co-operation Organisation has embarked on a big enlargement process that could transform the club that...

    28. beyondbrics

      July 2, 2015

      Designing a new EU-Turkey strategic gas partnership

      The 2014 Ukraine crisis reinforced the EU’s quest for security of gas supply. The European Commission released an...

    29. FT Photo Diary

      June 24, 2015

      Beach football in Baku

      Llorenc Gomez of Spain kicks the ball next to Simone Marinai of Italy during their group stage beach football match at...

    30. FT Photo Diary

      June 23, 2015

      Shooting hoops

      A basketball is shot towards the goal post during a women’s group stage 3×3 basketball match at the 1st European Games...

    31. FT Photo Diary

      June 22, 2015

      Steeplechase race

      Athletes compete in the men’s 3000 meters steeplechase race during the athletics events at the 1st European Games in...

    32. FT Photo Diary

      June 19, 2015

      Bent over backwards

      Hanna Baughn and Ryan Bartlett of Britain compete during the acrobatic gymnastics mixed pair final at the 1st European...

    33. FT Photo Diary

      June 17, 2015

      Rhythmic gymnastics

      Members of Germany’s team compete during the rhythmic gymnastics team qualification at the 1st European Games in Baku,...

    34. FT Photo Diary

      June 16, 2015

      Sun sets on their watch

      A police watch tower is silhouetted during sunset in Baku, Azerbaijan. ...

    35. FT Photo Diary

      June 15, 2015

      Head over heels in Baku

      Ioanna Xoulogi of Greece competes on the beam during the women’s gymnastics team event at the 1st European Games in...

    36. FT Alphaville

      June 12, 2015

      FT Opening Quote - Ted Baker fashions 24% sales rise

      Twitter’s CEO has quit , Ted Baker’s glad he’s gone abroad – sales are up 24 per cent helped by international expansion...

    37. May 22, 2015

      EU offers stronger ties to eastern nations — but cautiously

      The EU renewed its vows to strengthen ties with six former Soviet republics on Friday, but did it with circumspection...

    38. May 6, 2015

      The unforeseen effects of Chinese medicine

      When it comes to investment pledges, $46bn is a sum that really grabs people’s attention. That is what China is...

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