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Posted: 05-05-2011
INTERNATIONAL. Syria is clearly in a state of internal crisis. Facebook-organized protests were quickly stamped out in early February, but by mid-March, a faceless opposition had emerged from the flashpoint city of Daraa in Syria’s largely conservative Sunni southwest. From Daraa, demonstrations spread to the Kurdish northeast, the coastal Latakia area, urban Sunni strongholds in Hama and Homs and to Aleppo and the suburbs of Damascus. Feeling overwhelmed, the regime experimented with rhetoric on reforms while relying on much more familiar iron-fist methods in cracking down, arresting hund
Posted: October 5, 2014
UAE. The UAE has expressed surprise after US Vice President Joe Biden suggested the Gulf state had armed and financed rebels in Syria, along with other regional powers.
Posted: October 4, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Alan Henning, a 47-year-old taxi driver, was part of an aid convoy taking medical supplies to a hospital in northwest Syria last year when it was stopped by gunmen and he was abducted.
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%).
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 24, 2014
SYRIA. The overnight raids targeted Islamic State (IS) group fighters whose fierce assault in the area prompted more than 130,000 civilians to flee across the border into Turkey.
Posted: September 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The strikes on what Washington called the Khorasan Group were staged to disrupt a plot against U.S. or European targets that the Pentagon said was "nearing the execution phase."
Posted: September 23, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The downing of the jet is the most serious incident between the sides since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war more than three years ago.
Posted: September 23, 2014
UAE. "On the whole, the outlook for the region is a good one;" 35% of respondents claim job opportunities will increase; Concerns about rising cost of living.
Posted: September 23, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The United States and several Gulf Arab allies launched air and missile strikes on Islamic State strongholds in Syria on Tuesday, U.S. officials said, opening a new, far more complicated front in the battle against the militants.
Posted: September 23, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The rise of the brutal ISIS group can partly be blamed on President Barack Obama's failure to arm moderate Syrian rebels far earlier, said Leon Panetta.
Posted: September 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed with his Security Council potential cooperation with other countries on fighting against Islamic State, Russian news agencies said.
Posted: September 22, 2014
UAE. In a world careening out of control, children and teens affected by war yearn for the familiar - a roof over their heads, or a school schedule, or simply a family member to hold their hands.
Posted: September 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats talked for more than an hour about two security issues with global ramifications.
Posted: September 18, 2014
SYRIA. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said multiple sources in northeastern Aleppo had spotted at least one drone over towns including Al-Bab and Manbij.
Posted: September 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In an unprecedented joint statement, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) urged their "brothers" in Iraq and Syria to "stop killing each other and unite against the American campaign."

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date:Posted: November 26, 2014
UAE. "In the final months of 2014, we expect further increases in occupancy rates, with the pleasant weather attracting more tourists, alongside the seasonal increase in events and conferences."
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
BAHRAIN. The "increasingly deregulated and competitive economic environment is facilitating rapid growth in business development within the private sector."
INTERNATIONAL. In this excerpt from Greenspan's appearance at the New Orleans Investment Conference, The Gold Report delves into the role of gold versus fiat currency, why central banks own so much gold if it is truly "a barbarous relic," and the reason China is buying so much gold today.
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