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‘Free trade’ in trouble in the United States

As free trade reaches a crossroads in the US, developing countries have to rethink their own trade realities for their own development interests.

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From heatwave to global hothouse

New studies reveal the effects of global warming may be much worse than previously thought.

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Heatwave — a taste of more to come

The heatwave caused by El Nino is quite unbearable and provides a glimpse of the conditions that will result from climate change.

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Zika, dengue, malaria and the deadly mosquito

The mosquito may be tiny but it can certainly deliver a deadly bite. Can it be controlled?

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Sustainability goals to get action going

The latest development ‘buzzword’ is the SDGs, adopted by political leaders at the United Nations. What are these SDGs, their significance and limitations?

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Tackling inequality around the world

The widening rich-poor gap is recognised as a major social and political problem, but what measures can be taken nationally and internationally to address this issue?

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The rise of the rich poor gap

The increase in inequality of income and wealth has become a top global issue that must be tackled to avoid economic crisis and political chaos.

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Era of financial vulnerability

The stock market crash in China and around the world shows how developing countries like Malaysia are increasingly vulnerable to financial shocks, including outflows of foreign funds.

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What to expect in 2016?

The new year is likely to witness events and trends in the environmental and economic areas that had been set up in 2015.

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Great start but how will COP21 end?

As the climate conference in Paris enters its second and final week, can it reach an agreement when so many tough issues remain to be solved?

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In the aftermath of the attacks

The world was shocked and rocked by the terror in Paris last week. How to make sense of it, and will a successful Paris conference offset the gloom?

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China’s boost to South cooperation

Two new Chinese funds totalling US$5.1bil to help developing countries tackle climate change and development problems could be a game changer in South-South cooperation and international relations.

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