Africa is rife with the kind of political failure seen now in the Ivory Coast after its election, but UN and other foreign involvement show that there is an interest in making this turn out differently.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard lambasted WikiLeaks on Thursday as the government braced itself for the publication of 1,500 diplomatic cables relating to Australia.
Rio Tinto quickly distanced itself from Stern Hu and three colleagues on Monday after a court in China sentenced them to 7-14 years in jail for bribery and stealing commercial secrets. The Anglo-Australian mining giant vowed to continue building its ‘important relationship’ with China.
Australian police arrived in Israel on Wednesday to investigate identity theft of dual nationals in connection with the Dubai assassination widely blamed on Israel's Mossad intelligence agency. The use of forged passports has provoked a stern response, but is unlikely to jeopardize relations.
The decision in Dubai to ban Israeli dual citizens is part of a calculated campaign to provoke and pressure Israel following the Hamas assassination in January.
The Hamas assassination in Dubai -- which police in the United Arab Emirates say they believe was organized by Israel's Mossad -- has Israelis wondering of the costs of targeting the Jewish state's enemies abroad outweigh the benefits.
The Hamas assassination investigation widened on Wednesday, when Dubai added 15 suspects to the list of those accused of arranging the murder of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. On Thursday, Australia summoned Israel's ambassador and delivered a stark warning.
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