TELEVISION: Israel has a population of just 8.5 million. Yet the Jewish state has a huge influence on the entertainment business, thanks to its television series, which are either showing in the original or being remade by US and British companies.
NEW MARKETS: The lifting of UN sanctions against Iran earlier this year is good news for Western companies, especially telecoms and technology firms. They hope that Iran, with a young, tech-interested population, will provide markets.
NIGERIA: Thanks to the three former students who started it five years ago, Jobberman has become the largest job-placement portal in sub-Saharan Africa. More than 35,000 firms advertise open positions there.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Ijara, murabaha, wakala: these terms are useful when talking about Islamic banking. But with the Islamic-finance industry growing rapidly, bank officials say it is increasingly difficult to find trained staff.
SOUTH AFRICA: Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is on trial, accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on 14 February 2013.
The court case has produced an unlikely internet star — chief defence lawyer Barry Roux.
NIGERIA: California’s Hollywood and India’s Bollywood are being challenged by an
African rival: Nigeria’s Nollywood. With about 50 new releases every week, the African country has become a major player in the film industry.
JORDAN: With 12 years of Silicon Valley experience under his belt, computer engineer Ahmed Alkhatib returned to Jordan a year ago to start an online shopping site. Now it’s the fastest-growing e-commerce company in the Middle East.