Daily Archives: October 11, 2013

♦ Nigeria has embarked on an international campaign to press Liechtenstein into returning €185m of ill-gotten gains linked to the late military dictator General Sani Abacha which is still harboured in the tiny principality nearly 14 years after recovery proceedings began.
♦ As the US government nears the debt default, trade association officials have warned that they are considering helping to wage primary campaigns against the Republicans who had worked to engineer the political standoff in Washington.
♦ Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, an economics professor at Virginia tech and a fellow at Brookings, argues that Hassan Rouhani wants to reach a compromise with the West, but won’t put at risk the support of conservative rivals who are suspicious of this diplomacy.
♦ Reuters investigates how Egypt’s ministry of interior helped to engineer the coup that removed Mohammed Morsi from power

The Republican role in the budget battles gripping Washington DC
As the government shutdown drags on into its second week and the US teeters on the brink of defaulting on its debt, Ben Hall, world news editor, is joined by Richard McGregor, Washington bureau chief, and Edward Luce, chief US commentator, to discuss how badly the Republicans have been damaged by the budget battles and whether they should be worried about the political consequences of their uncompromising stance.