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Saudis welcome the return of the silver screen

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Saudi Arabia lifted a 35-year-old ban on cinemas on Monday, prompting celebrations from film fans, directors and movie chains eyeing the last untapped mass market in the Middle East. The first theatres could start showing films as early as March, … Continue reading

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Looking back over my shoulder

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With the Islamic State (ISIS) crushed on the battlefield and its caliphate broken up, security chiefs across the Middle East and much of the rest of the world are bracing for revenge terror attacks and the expected emergence of new jihadist … Continue reading

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Iran: On closer examination of “the deal”

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U.S. President Trump has issued a broadside to the Iranian regime, warning that Washington’s patience is running out. He has garnered some support and much criticism. Has Trump a hope of unravelling the Iranian and North Korean nuclear threats? Many … Continue reading

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Turkish energy sector gets a boost

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The EBRD has invested 100 million Turkish lira (€24 million) in an inflation–linked bond issued by Turkey’s largest utility group Enerjisa Enerji to support the operations of three electricity distribution companies after privatisation. The bond issuance has a total volume … Continue reading

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LEBANON: Justice demands answers now

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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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EGYPT: brings out the stars to combat drug use

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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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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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