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Iraq's Kurdistan plunged into financial uncertainty

The failed independence referendum and resignation of president Masoud Barzani have rocked the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Natasha Turak looks at how this could affect its investment potential.

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R&D spending rises despite protectionism worries

Leading global companies are increasing spend on R&D in spite of concerns regarding protectionist rhetoric in many significant economies, a report from PwC has found.

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London logistics market set for consumer-led transformation: JLL report

In its latest Logistics in London report, JLL reports that consumer behaviour is set to bring big alterations to the UK capital's logistics scene.

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Abe landslide paves way for Japanese constitutional reform

The coalition led by Shinzo Abe’s LDP party has secured a two-thirds majority in the Japanese Diet’s lower house, opening the way for new expansionary policies and the reform of Japan’s post-war pacifist constitution. Jacopo Dettoni reports.

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Hilton increases sub-Saharan Africa expansion

The Hilton hotel group is spending $50m on buying and rebranding sub-Saharan African hotels in the wake of increased business travel growth in the region. Louis Bearn reports.

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New Zealand First’s Peters likely kingmaker in hung parliament

New Zealand’s inconclusive general election in September leaves the New Zealand First party as a credible coalition partner for Labour or the National party. Lucia Dore reports.

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Call to modernise Puerto Rico infrastructure following hurricanes

Puerto Rico was already struggling economically when it was hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Now experts are calling for an essential upgrade of infrastructure as part of the rebuilding process. Jason Mitchell reports.

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Catalonia referendum result could spook investors in short term

The uncertainty that the Catalonian referendum has sparked over independence from Spain is likely to result in a slowdown in FDI, economic experts say. Jason Mitchell reports.

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Rakhine turmoil hits Myanmar’s FDI ambitions

Investors are likely to think twice before betting on Myanmar amid international condemnation about alleged persecution of Rohingya Muslims.

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EU sues Ireland over €13bn Apple payment

European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager gets tough over Ireland’s perceived tardiness in reclaiming funds owed by Apple.

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