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2017: Our 50 Most Influential Arabs

Our investment in youth will ultimately determine the future of the region . . .
Questions put to HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz…

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Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz

Our 50 Most Influential Arabs 2017

The events of 2011 and  the so-called Arab Spring shook the Middle East to its core. Six years on, we have many changes to contemplate. While some…

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Current Affairs

France's President Macron attempts to pour oil on troubled waters in Libya

LIBYA: France’s Macron brokers tentative peace

Libya’s two main rival leaders have agreed to call a ceasefire and hold elections early next year after a meeting in Paris hosted by the French…

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Al Jazeera must go, according to the demands issued to Doha

Finally, demands to end GCC crisis issued to Qatar

Finally, four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands, including closing Al Jazeera…

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QATAR: storm clouds gather over Doha

The rift between the GCC states has intensified into what has been described as its most “severe crisis” in the history of the 35-year-old…

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Returned to power. President Rouhani wins another term of office

IRAN: Rouhani victory a blow for extremism

Moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been returned to  power with 57% of the vote. Rouhani has said his re-election shows voters reject…

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Regional round-up

Lebanon's Port of Beirut

LEBANON joins European Bank

Lebanon has become a shareholder of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with a view to becoming a recipient of the Bank’s…

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OMAN:Renewables project forges ahead

Renewable energy projects in Oman’s interior region will be tendered out by as early as end of this year as a part of the sultanate’s Rural Area…

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Bahrain: Waad under fire

A Bahraini court has ordered the dissolution of the country’s main secular opposition group, as the Gulf state continues a crackdown on dissent. The…

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GCC Economies: Must try harder

The six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries need to step up efforts to boost non-oil revenues amid expectations of less than 1 per cent GDP…

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Young Palestinians living in the West Bank would benefit from

EBRD throws its weight behind Palestine

A thriving private sector is key to the development of the Palestinian economy but sadly, too few international financial institutions have been…

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EBRD funding will help Egypt replace some of its ageing rolling stock

EGYPT: $290 million rail network upgrade

Millions of commuters across Egypt are set to benefit from a €290 million financing provided by the EBRD to support the Egyptian National Railways…

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News and Views


LEBANON: Justice demands answers now


Lebanese authorities should conduct an independent, thorough, and transparent investigation into the deaths of Syrians in military…

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EBRD unveils its latest Green Economy initiative

Ahead of the Paris accord, the EBRD unveiled its Green Economy Transition (GET) approach, under which it aims to dedicate 40 per cent of its annual…

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Miami home of iconic Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid for sale at $10m

The three-bedroom home of the late, great, Baghdad-born, award winning  architect Zaha Hadid, has been put on the market in Miami for $10 million,…

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Mohamed Saleh has thrown his weight behind the campaign

EGYPT: brings out the stars to combat drug use

This month, the Ministry of Social Solidarity’s Fund for Drug Control & Treatment of Addiction (FDCTA), began running its latest anti-drug…

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US move to arm Syrian Kurds causes consternation

Ending years of a hands-off approach, the United States is stepping up its involvement in the deadly conflict in Syria by supplying heavy weapons to…

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Serpentine Pavilion 2017

Sylvia Smith:

Inspired by a tree and and made of wood this year’s Serpentine Pavilion has many elements that relate to African architect Francis…

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The Lost Girl

Book review: The Lost Girl

There is no shortage of books examining the Palestinian “situation”; I have my own collection amounting to several hundred volumes, accumulated…

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Iraq, together with UNESCO, has concluded a comprehensive aerial survey of Iraqi heritage destroyed by the Islamic State (IS), paving the way for…

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