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Street vendors protesting against a 20 per cent increase in the cost of water yell at riot police in 2000, in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Photograph: Gonzalo Espinoza/AFP/Getty Images

If the debacle of Irish Water suggests the State is “heading gradually” towards ungovernability, as Fintan O’Toole suggested in these pages recently, (...)

 German company Siemens was shortlisted more than 14 months ago as part of a partnership to develop the Riyadh subway network

Siemens, Europe’s largest engineering company, has won a €1.5 billion contract to provide two driverless subway-train lines in the Saudi Arabian capit(...)