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Posted: 19-07-2011
INTERNATIONAL. Something extraordinary, albeit not unexpected, is happening in the Persian Gulf region. The United States, lacking a coherent strategy to deal with Iran and too distracted to develop one, is struggling to navigate Iraq’s fractious political landscape in search of a deal that would allow Washington to keep a meaningful military presence in the country beyond the end-of-2011 deadline stipulated by the current Status of Forces Agreement. At the same time, Saudi Arabia, dubious of U.S. capabilities and intentions toward Iran, appears to be inching reluctantly toward an accommod
Posted: September 30, 2014
IRAQ. The UN estimates land under IS control accounts for as much as 40% of Iraq's annual production of wheat, one of the country's most important food staples alongside barley and rice.
Posted: September 30, 2014
IRAQ. Troops struck before dawn against a town on the Syrian border, north of jihadist-controlled second city Mosul, and south of key oil hub Kirkuk, according to senior officers.
Posted: September 30, 2014
KUWAIT. The Kuwaiti Capital Markets Authority said in a statement that the move obliged institutions to freeze all funds belonging to those accused of terror financing.
Posted: September 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Israeli leader displayed a photo of Hamas rocket launchers placed alongside children playing, illustrating the argument that the militants use civilians as human shields.
Posted: September 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Thousands of defiant Hong Kong protesters stood their ground after facing tear gas and riot police in overnight clashes, paralysing parts of the city with their campaign to demand Beijing allow free elections.
Posted: September 29, 2014
UAE. Country assessment ranked at A3 by Coface; 5% growth projected for 2014; Business climate favourable with the new companies' law improving transparency; Debt profile improves, financing needs of GREs continue.
Posted: September 29, 2014
BAHRAIN. Bahrain now among the countries with the most flexible visa policies in the region; Nationals from over 100 countries set to benefit.
Posted: September 29, 2014
UAE. PMI data indicates that MENA has still the same leaders, and same laggards, according to the latest Crédit Agricole report; UAE August 2014 PMI set a new record at 58.4; Saudi Arabia headline PMI in August hit its highest level in over 3 years.
Posted: September 28, 2014
UAE. At the special meeting being held in Istanbul, GE highlighted its outlook in redefining economies of scale, creating new jobs for youth, reshaping supply chains, promoting SMEs and accelerating the pace of innovation.
Posted: September 27, 2014
QATAR. QNB Group expect Indonesia's real GDP growth to slow further in 2014-15. Nonetheless, the country's long-term potential remains large if challenges can be overcome.
Posted: September 27, 2014
QATAR. Qatar's strong net external and fiscal asset positions balance the concentration risk related to the economy's reliance on the oil and gas sector, says S&P; The outlook is stable.
Posted: September 25, 2014
KUWAIT. Surplus is 1.6% higher than previous year; Total received revenues in the fiscal year 2013/2014 amounted to KWD31.8bln; KFH Research continues to forecast a surplus of 17.9% in FY2014/15.
Posted: September 25, 2014
UAE. Any further correction in commodity prices will stimulate global economic growth; Surge in new bond issuance triggers selective buying in GCC markets; US economic strength likely to continue; The slide in gold offers trading opportunities.
Posted: September 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Saudi Arabia and the UAE joined in the strikes by piloted and drone aircraft targeting facilities around al Mayadin, al Hasakah, and Abu Kamal, the U.S. military said.
Posted: September 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The 55-year-old was kidnapped by Jund al-Khilifa, or "Soldiers of the Caliphate," while hiking in a national park that was once a magnet for tourists.

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date:Posted: September 30, 2014
IRAQ. The UN estimates land under IS control accounts for as much as 40% of Iraq's annual production of wheat, one of the country's most important food staples alongside barley and rice.
date:Posted: September 30, 2014
UAE. Bayt.com survey reveals that 78% consider meetings to be great for decision-making; Meetings in MENA workplaces often have agendas distributed in advance, according to 80% of respondents, and tend to start on scheduled time (according to 88%).
date:Posted: September 29, 2014
UAE. Country assessment ranked at A3 by Coface; 5% growth projected for 2014; Business climate favourable with the new companies' law improving transparency; Debt profile improves, financing needs of GREs continue.
UAE. Bayt.com survey reveals that 78% consider meetings to be great for decision-making; Meetings in MENA workplaces often have agendas distributed in advance, according to 80% of respondents, and tend to start on scheduled time (according to 88%).
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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