The Ukrainian government has taken the bold step to halt all trade with pro-Russian separatists in the east. Supporters of the ban say it will starve funding to the rebel's armed forces, but it's a gamble that may well backfire.
The deal to improve trade within the six-member East African bloc is being thwarted by bilateral political disputes, traders and analysts say.
Neighboring giants Russia and China plan to use their own currencies more often in trade deals as relations with the West decline. The Russian president indulged in pancake diplomacy with his Chinese counterpart.
Many of the economic problems facing eastern Germany are similar to those in western Germany and most of Europe. So, why is xenophobia so much worse in the East?
More ceasefire violations have been reported in eastern Ukraine, with four soldiers killed in a fight with rebels. The latest truce deal between Ukraine and pro-Russia separatists had only been agreed a day earlier.
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