• At least 600 people have died this year in gun battles in Karachi, Pakistan's chief port and commercial centre.

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  • Karachi, the country's main port and commercial centre, is still rent by violence.

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  • Last autumn, he had imposed direct rule by the central government, primarily to bring order to violence-prone Karachi, the country's commercial centre.

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  • Behind the autonomy proposal lies long resentment in a commercial centre at what it sees as the squandering of its wealth by metropolitan bureaucrats.

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  • Last January, Hebron's 120, 000 Palestinians were asked to sanction an agreement whereby the city's commercial and religious centre (plus 20, 000 Palestinians) is ruled by the Israeli army in order to protect 400 Jewish settlers and religious students who, over the past 20 years, have squatted illegally in their midst.

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  • The centre of world economic and commercial activity from about the eighth and ninth centuries until around the dawn of the 18th century was the area encompassed by the Islamic empires, India, Southeast Asia and the coastal areas of China.

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  • In Gujarat, for example, Ahmedabad, the commercial capital, is riot prone but Surat, a textile centre, is not.

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  • For other types of commercial property it might mean something different: a great logistics centre with a long lease, for instance, might be near a motorway and nothing much else.

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  • But even if Saadiyat succeeds in a commercial sense, that will not make it a regional—let alone a global—financial centre.

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  • By the same token, a route that links Disney World, a convention centre, two airports and two of Florida's biggest cities sounds like a reasonable commercial proposition, especially when the federal government is paying most of the bill.

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  • Blackstone , a private-equity group, added to its expanding commercial-property portfolio by joining Brookfield , a Toronto-based property firm that owns the World Financial Centre in New York, to buy Trizec Properties and its Canadian holding company.

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