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Posted: August 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Israelis and Palestinians have been trapped for decades between delusions and denial and both have resorted to ideological and religious dogmas that dismiss with conviction any factual evidence to the contrary.
SAUDI ARABIA. King Abdullah criticised international inaction on Friday over Israel's offensive in Gaza, which he described as involving mass slaughter and "war crimes against humanity."
INTERNATIONAL. The Israeli army said Friday a fragile three-day ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants was over just hours after it started, blaming it on the capture of a soldier.
INTERNATIONAL. A Gaza ceasefire was in jeopardy just hours after it began on Friday, with Hamas saying Israeli tank fire killed four people and Israel accusing militants of violating the truce.

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date:Posted: August 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Israelis and Palestinians have been trapped for decades between delusions and denial and both have resorted to ideological and religious dogmas that dismiss with conviction any factual evidence to the contrary.
date:Posted: August 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Long-term infrastructure debt poses a significant pricing challenge with no market prices, private cash flow data scattered amongst originators, and covenant structures creating "embedded options" that are not taken into account in standard valuation models.
date:Posted: July 31, 2014
UAE. Rotate into high-yield bonds which offer better value; Large IPOs could drain money out of stock markets and raise volatility ahead, says Emirates NBD investment chief.

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BAHRAIN. Al Salam Bank-Bahrain now owns 100% of BMI Bank after a "business combination" merger: S&P says that Al Salam Bank (unrated) has a visibly lower credit profile than BankMuscat, the previous key shareholder of BMI Bank.
INTERNATIONAL. The future will be decided in a race between global advances in demand for resources, complex technology and biotech innovation, and growing sovereign debt.
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