Here are today’s reading nuggets for you:
- Mitt Romney has been accused of hypocrisy after his trust invested in Cnooc at the same time that the US was growing concerned about the Chinese oil company’s multibillion-dollar dealings with Tehran.
- Turkey’s opposition to Bashar al-Assad has left it in a lonely and difficult position — Daniel Dombey took an in-depth look at the emerging powerhouse.
- The US’s decision to remove opposition group Mujahedin-e-Khalq from its list of terrorist organisations is angering reformist politicians in Iran, who are questioning the depth of Washington’s support for democracy and human rights in the country. Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran talked to pro-democracy supporters to get their reaction.
- In the first of a series called Africa Next, The Globe and Mail looked at how growth has changed the future for Africa, and particularly for Sierra Leone.
- As the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, Richard Dowden asks whether aid from the UK to Africa really matters any more.
- The IMF’s call for more cuts has angered Greece — the New York Times has a colourful account of the negotiations and wrangling in Athens.