Russia, now the 156th member of the WTO, has a reputation for corruption that is proving difficult to shake off. According to Transparency International and its Corruption Perceptions Index, the country ranks alongside Belarus, Togo and Mauritania in the corruption stakes. We tell you the story of Sergei Magnitsky, a whistleblowing Russian lawyer whose death three years ago sparked widespread outrage and condemnation.
While acquiring its independence in 1977, Djibouti has enjoyed French military protection ever since. Yet, France has failed to profit from strong economic growth in the East African country, unlike nearby Saudi Arabia.
While the global financial sector braces for a severe crisis, Islamic banking is flourishing, having experienced double-digit growth in recent years. But what exactly does it mean to handle banking activities according to Islamic law?
A new trend of publishing books online has put Google under the spotlight. Competitors claim the web giant is playing dirty to keep its spot at the top of the online library industry, while some even say Google is invading Europe's cultural heritage.
France has long been a big player in the military hardware sector. But with competition extending from the United States to Europe, its latest fighter jet, the Rafale, has failed to set the world alight.