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Europe to help boost Lebanon’s vital SMEs


Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are  the backbone of Lebanon’s economy and this important  sector is expected to get a significant boost following the launch of  an Advice for Small Business (ASB) Programme launched recently in Beirut with the support of the European Union and the European Bank … Continue reading

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Iraqi leadership selection process in chaos


The process of naming the Iraq’s parliamentary speaker, as well as the country’s president and the prime minister, has been marred by disputes,  accusations and U-turns, since the May elections. Iraqi members of parliament elected a speaker on September 15, more … Continue reading

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Egypt & Cyprus sign pipeline deal


  Egypt and Cyprus have signed an agreement which will pave the way for the Mediterranean’s first subsea pipeline to carry Cypriot natural gas to the Arab country for re-export to Europe. “The signing is an important milestone, not only … Continue reading

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Erdogan warns off Trump

Erdogan has warned the US president

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that US that sanctions would not force Ankara to “step back” after Donald Trump threatened to punish Turkey if a US pastor was not freed from house arrest in Izmir. “You cannot make Turkey … Continue reading

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Al-Qaeda targets foreign firms in Sahel states

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Terrorist groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), currently operating in the Sahel and Sahara, have started to issue new threats to foreign companies operating in the region, the Abu Dhabi think tank FARAS reveals in a special … Continue reading

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UAE’s nuclear start up delayed

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The start-up of the Arab world’s first nuclear reactor – in the UAE – has been delayed and operations are now scheduled to begin between the end of 2019 and early 2020, the plant operator confirmed. Nawah Energy Company, the … Continue reading

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Qatar 2020: Typhoon fighter jets on call


Typhoon fighter jets purchased from Britain last year by Qatar will be delivered in time to help provide security for the 2022 World Cup, the UK’s  ambassador in Doha has confirmed. “We expect that the Typhoon will be ready for the … Continue reading

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KUWAIT: Turning the screw on foreign workers?

Further penalties look certain for Kuwait's largely unappreciated foreign workforce

A parliamentary committee in Kuwait has approved a draft law to tax foreign remittances despite warnings from the country’s central bank. The financial and economic affairs committee voted four to one in favour of the draft law, which can only … Continue reading

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Amr Moussa’s Regional Round-Up


Amr Moussa (right),   a former Arab League Secretary General and former Foreign Minister of Egypt, shared some of this thoughts with Asharq Al Awsat: The year 2017 witnessed important developments linked to the ongoing movement of change in the … Continue reading

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Saudis welcome the return of the silver screen


Saudi Arabia have lifted a 35-year-old ban on cinemas, 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, the … Continue reading

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