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EBRD unveils its latest Green Economy initiative

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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 investments to climate finance by 2020, compared with an average of around 25 per … Continue reading

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

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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, Forbes magazine reports. The condo, inside the W Hotel, was redesigned by the architect in 2009 … Continue reading

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EGYPT: brings out the stars to combat drug use

Mohamed Saleh has thrown his weight behind the campaign

This month, the Ministry of Social Solidarity’s Fund for Drug Control & Treatment of Addiction (FDCTA), began running its latest anti-drug videos featuring young soccer star Mohamed Salah (above), as part of its “You Are Stronger than Drugs” campaign launched in … Continue reading

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US move to arm Syrian Kurds causes consternation

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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 Syrian Kurds for an offensive against the Islamic State (IS), writes Thomas Seibert. The move … Continue reading

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IRAN: Khomeini’s grandson latest political heavyweight to back Rouhani

President Rouhani has made light of the rumours but still they persist

The  grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini has publicly thrown his weight behind President Hassan Rouhani’s re-election bid, writes Rohollah Faghini. Seyed Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of the founder of the Islamic Republic, announced his support for the moderate Rouhani, who is … Continue reading

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Turkey creates new city for Syrian orphans

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Turkey has opened a huge centre dedicated to housing and educating orphans from war-torn Syria, the BBC reports. The complex, Orphans City, in the south-eastern border town of Reyhanli, will house 990 children in what Turkish media say is a cosy, … Continue reading

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SAUDI ARABIA: Migrant worker amnesty success

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At least one million migrant workers are expected to leave Saudi Arabia under its amnesty campaign,  currently underway, according to officials. The three-month campaign allows those overstaying in Saudi without the right visas and documents to leave the country without … Continue reading

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UAE condemns escalation of illegal Israeli aggression against Palestinians of the Occupied Territories

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By Pat Lancaster. The UAE has punched  a significant hole in the shameful wall of official silence surrounding Israeli expansionism.  At the UN in Geneva, its ambassador condemned the latest developments in Tel Aviv’s illegal settlement policy in the Occupied … Continue reading

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UAE: Sharjah prepares for take-off

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Omran Properties, the Sharjah-based real estate joint venture backed by Mohamed Alabbar’s Emmar and Eagle Hills, has announced three new projects in the emirate worth a total of Dhs2.47bn ($672.4m). The company, which was established in 2016 with Sharjah Investment … Continue reading

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Omani frankincense season boosts tourism

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As the harvest season for Salalah’s famed frankincense groves begin, the Dhofar region in the south of the Sultanate sees a significant increase in tourist numbers. Close to 1,000 visitors come to the city every March. The prime areas of … Continue reading

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