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Posted: September 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The U.S. has assembled an unlikely coalition of more than 40 nations with a shared stake in defeating IS, an effort that's counting on Iraqi troops and moderate Syrian rebels to retake and hold territory the extremists have seized.
IRAQ. The first strike south of Baghdad in a more than month-long US air campaign hit a jihadist target in Sadr al-Yusufiyah, 25 kilometers from the capital, a security spokesman said
INTERNATIONAL. In Paris, 25 countries and Iraq said they're "committed to supporting the new Iraqi government in its fight, by any means necessary, including appropriate military assistance."
INTERNATIONAL. The adverse impact on commodities from a rising dollar has added another negative dimension; Brent crude traded down to a two-year low before finding support at US$96.75.

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date:Posted: September 15, 2014
UAE. In the rental market, Cluttons expects affordability to remain central to the rental value growth equation, with rises likely to slow further in the coming months; Residential values in Dubai rise by 3.8%; 19% growth in Abu Dhabi residential capital values over the same period.
date:Posted: September 15, 2014
UAE. The energy industry presents unique attributes that make it more vulnerable than others to cyber attack; Preventive security measures imperative to protect critical infrastructure.
date:Posted: September 14, 2014
UAE. Deloitte survey: "Brand loyalty is becoming more challenging for Middle East hoteliers in this market and meeting the needs of the various travel groupings is becoming vital in winning the loyalty battle."

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INTERNATIONAL. Bitcoin has followed a volatile path to growing acceptance since its creation in 2009; In this interview finance expert Arturo Bris analyses the risks associated with bitcoin.
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