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The  Gulf Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates: bouncing cheques and bankruptcy are treated as criminal offences in Dubai, causing many indebted expatriates to dump their possessions and leave rather than risk jail. Photograph: EPA/STR

A large GMC 4x4 sits with deflated tyres. Like the Range Rovers and Camaro GT parked nearby, it is covered in a thick layer of sandy dust – one of mor(...)

French president François Hollande  welcomes Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani as he arrives at the Élysée Palace in Paris.  Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

France and Iran “opened a new chapter in our relations” during President Hassan Rouhani’s two-day visit to the French capital, President François Holl(...)