- After the rouble plummeted as much as 20 per cent against the dollar yesterday and many Russians exchanged their money into foreign currency, the country’s central bank was left facing massive criticism
- An unusual deal by banks to lend $11bn on favourable terms to Russia’s largest oil company, Rosneft, seems to suggest Moscow’s priority is not fighting inflation or stabilising the rouble – and has increased risks in the banking system
- The Taliban assault on a school in Pakistan that left more than 120 children dead was unique only in the sheer number of child victims. Will the atrocity spur a popular outcry of ‘enough’ from the silent majority?
- The nationalist BJP government in India has promised to rebuild the temple of Ram, a fiery point of contention for Hindus and Muslims. But it’s not doing so for a surprising reason. (Foreign Policy)
- The Obama administration overturned a ban preventing a wealthy, politically connected Ecuadorean woman from entering the United States after her family gave tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic campaigns (NYT)
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