THE FORDOW nuclear plant in northern Iran would make an ideal lair for a Bond villain. Russian-made surface-to-air missiles guard the skies around it. The facility itself is buried under a mountain
INSIDE AN ORNATE conference hall the boss of a $100bn tech fund spoke to rows of empty chairs. Then he briefly fell asleep. Outside the hall Anthony Scaramucci, the colourful financier who lasted ten days as Donald Trump’s communications director, dispensed questionable political analysis.
[East African] The African Union and the Southern Africa Development Community are pushing for the lifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe to save the country’s economy from collapsing.
AS ITS SO-CALLED caliphate expanded across Syria and Iraq, Islamic State (IS) promised its followers an apocalyptic battle to come. Eager jihadist propagandists predicted that a final victory over the “crusader armies” would usher in the day of judgment and give birth to a new world. The man who was to lead that battle, the self-proclaimed caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, instead blew himself up in a tunnel in Syria on October 26th, murdering two of his own children as he died
IN OCTOBER 2017 Faustin Archange Touadéra was in a difficult spot. The president of the Central African Republic (CAR), one of the world’s poorest and most fragile countries, was struggling to quell a dozen or so militias that threatened his regime
AFTER YEARSof threats, it took Turkey mere days to strike. On October 9th the Turkish armed forces began bombing parts of north-east Syria
A HUGE JET of flame bursting from the Kaombo Norte oil platform lights up the sea some 260km (160 miles) off the coast of Angola. The processing platform, part of a $16bn project that takes oil from wells drilled under nearly 2km of water, ought to be one of the crowning achievements of an industry that has endured 27 years of civil war
DRIVERS CALLED it the “highway through hell”. Attacks on the road linking Baghdad to Amman occurred so often in 2014 that truckers were paid three times the normal rate to haul goods along the artery.
[Monitor] Since the collapse of the ancient and post classical African civilisations, the intrepid explorer and bounty hunter has always eyed Africa as a game prize.
AT THE END of last year President Donald Trump explained that he was done with Syria. He boasted of defeating the jihadists of Islamic State (IS), “my only reason for being there”. Though he later reversed his decision to withdraw all 2,000 American troops from Syria, the conflict remains low on his list of priorities