“Buhari’s hoping that difficult times lead to greater support for him,” Mark Schroeder, an Africa analyst at Stratfor, a geopolitical advisory company, said by phone from Austin, Texas. “The poor handling of the insurgency has raised criticism of the Jonathan government and shifted support to the opposition.”
Live interview with Stratfor's economy analyst on CBC's prime time business program "The Exchange" to provide commentary on the different scenarios that could result from ongoing talks between the EU and Greece.
On the eve of Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj's visit to Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Cabinet suspended the $1.5 billion Chinese-funded Colombo Port City project because of corruption allegations, Colombo Page reported March 5.
The Venezuelan Central Bank has suspended a planned foreign exchange auction through the recently implemented Marginal Foreign Exchange System, Ultimas Noticias reported March 5, citing unidentified financial sector sources.
The United States has increased its sanctions against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle even as the European Union softens its stance toward the country, Africa Review reported March 5.
A senior U.S. Army general said the United States is considering sending its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system to the Middle East and to South Korea, but no decision has been made, Reuters reported March 5.
More than 2,000 Russian anti-air defense personnel have begun military drills in the Crimea, Southern and North Caucasus and Russian bases in Armenia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Sputnik News reported March 5, citing the press service of Russian Defense Ministry’s South Military Region.
The deputy foreign ministers of the Caspian littoral states have agreed on certain provisions of a draft convention regarding the Caspian Sea’s legal status, Trend news agency reported March 5, citing Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov.
Russia's Moscow Exchange announced it has temporarily suspended trading in the foreign exchange and precious metals markets, Kommersant reported March 5, adding that trading will resume at 12:40 p.m. local time.