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Posted: August 27, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Strong demand fundamentals combined with increased public and private sector spending pushed up the average sales price; Momentum expected to continue as Riyadh attracts and promotes investment in industrial and supporting logistics facilities.
INTERNATIONAL. The reported initiative by Qatar coincides with an effort by the Gulf state to rebut accusations that it supports the most anti-Western militant armed groups in Iraq and Syria.
INTERNATIONAL. No clear victor emerged from what had become a war of attrition between the Middle East's most powerful armed forces and the dominant Hamas militant movement in the Gaza Strip.
INTERNATIONAL. The U.S. hasn't decided whether to attack Islamic State targets inside Syria and won't ask President Bashar al-Assad for permission if it does, a White House spokesman said.

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date:Posted: August 26, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Is it time to stop thinking about stabilizing Syria and Iraq and start thinking of a new dynamic outside of the artificial states that no longer function? To do this, we need to go back to Lebanon, the first state that disintegrated and the first place where clans took control of their own destiny.
date:Posted: August 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Commodities have been generally flat on the week as a rise in industrial metals was offset by losses across other sectors such as metals and grains.
date:Posted: August 25, 2014
UAE. With its oil wealth, population growth and strong demand for industrial and consumer goods, the MENA region is an attractive market. There are, however, potential pitfalls in doing business, particularly when it comes to appointing local agents to distribute products in the region.

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UAE. S&P's rating was based on ADNIC’s strong financial risk profile and satisfactory business risk profile, as well as its capital and earning strength and diverse investment portfolio.
INTERNATIONAL. I think one of the big fallacies in people's thinking about the Iraqi oil sector has been the focus on who's making money producing the oil. The bigger impact is on consumers.
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