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War breaks out

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

By Philip Whitfield Before conniptions consume, inhale the acronyms. FAG: (For/Against Government), IMP: the British Imperial Tobacco Group the world’s fourth-largest ciggie peddler flogging 320bn cigarettes a year (Davidoff in Egypt) after PMI: Philip Morris read the rest…

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Rising from the ashes

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Twenty years after genocide, Rwanda makes huge development strides

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Morocco’s economic growth slows in first quarter as agricultural output falls

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Business  /  2 Comments

Reuters  – Morocco’s economic growth slowed sharply to 2.5% in the first quarter from a year earlier, and is likely to ease slightly again this quarter as agricultural output shrinks, the country’s planning agency said read the rest…

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UAE’s Air Arabia bets on Ras Al Khaimah hub

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Business  /  1 Comment

The Sharjah-based budget carrier, which currently operates out of three hubs in the Gulf and North Africa region, signed an agreement with the RAK government in February declaring it the official carrier for the emirate and RAK airport as its new hub.

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Sudan’s president bans political party meetings

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  3 Comments

The decree comes just a week after Al-Bashir assured a meeting of party leaders they had freedom to operate in the run-up to a “national dialogue” he has promised to hold to address urgent demands for change in his 25-year regime.

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Mortar fire on Syria schools kills child, hurts 40: Media

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

AFP – Mortar rounds fired on schools in the Syrian capital on Tuesday killed a child and wounded more than 40 people, among them more children, state media said. Rebels fighting to oust President Bashar read the rest…

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UN’s Iran rights watchdog slams case of death-row woman

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Politics  /  1 Comment

AFP- A UN human rights monitor on Monday urged Tehran to halt the planned execution of an Iranian woman for the alleged murder of a former intelligence official, saying her trial had been deeply flawed. read the rest…

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Ukraine leader says Russia wants to set southeast ‘on fire’

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Politics  /  2 Comments

Oleksandr Turchynov’s impassioned charges against Ukraine’s historic master came only hours after a “frank and direct” exchange on the crisis between US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

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Gunmen kidnap Jordan envoy to Libya, wound driver

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

A security official said the ambassador’s driver suffered gunshot wounds during the kidnapping.

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Saudi Arabia imposes fines, jail terms for visa lapses

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Business  /  2 Comments

Punishment ranging from fines and jail terms to confiscation of assets and deportation may be imposed, escalating a year-long crackdown on visa irregularities that have been overlooked for decades.

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Ashour leads home hopes into second round at El Gouna

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Sports  /  1 Comment

Egyptian No.1 stays on course to retain El Gouna International title

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Egypt’s SODIC settles with government over Eastown project

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Business  /  1 Comment

Reuters – Property developer SODIC has signed a dispute settlement with Egypt’s government, agreeing to pay EGP 900m ($129m) over seven years after a revaluation of its Eastown scheme in Cairo, the company said on read the rest…

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Investment projects in transportation sector total $3.5bn: Transport minister

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Business  /  1 Comment

A number of transportation projects included in the stimulus package have been completed, says El-Demeiry

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Egypt’s military economy: Money is power, power is money

  /  April 14, 2014  /  In Focus  /  6 Comments

Egypt’s military controls not only the political levers of power, but also the economic ones, and its involvement is getting even deeper

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Arab integration: A 21st century development imperative- Part III

  /  April 14, 2014  /  In Focus  /  1 Comment

DNE publishes the third and final part of ESCWA’s Arab Integration Report: A 21st century development imperative

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Arab integration: A 21st century development imperative Part II

  /  April 14, 2014  /  In Focus  /  1 Comment

DNE publishes the second part of ESCWA’s Arab Integration Report: A 21st century development imperative

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Israel minister warns Kerry over ‘surrender’ to Iran

  /  April 14, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

AFP- Israel’s intelligence minister Monday slammed as unacceptable comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry on negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme which he said indicated a “surrender” to Tehran. “The things Kerry read the rest…

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Morsi trial postponed to 19 April

  /  April 14, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

Former president completes third of five consecutive days in court for different cases

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Algeria presidential campaign winds up with recriminations

  /  April 14, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

AFP-  Final campaign rallies were held for Algeria’s presidential election on Sunday after the incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his only real rival Ali Benflis waged a war of words. The 77-year-old Bouteflika, despite ailing health read the rest…

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Hezbollah shifts tactics, narrative for Syria fight

  /  April 14, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

Shedding its guerrilla tactics to fight alongside an army

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Egypt pound weakens at Central Bank’s dollar sale and on black market

  /  April 14, 2014  /  Business  /  No Comments

Reuters – The Egyptian pound weakened at a central bank dollar sale and on the black market on Monday, after hitting a six-month low last week. The central bank said it sold dollars at a read the rest…

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9,125 residential units constructed in Beheira: Minister of Housing

  /  April 14, 2014  /  Business  /  2 Comments

Ministry of Housing implementing low-middle income housing projects across Egypt

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71 killed, 124 injured in blasts at Nigeria bus station: police

  /  April 14, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  3 Comments

In a twin blast

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Israeli gas holds promise of better ties with neighbours

  /  April 14, 2014  /  Business, Economy  /  2 Comments

Israel in talks with Egypt, Turkey on major gas export deals

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Breaking the glass ceiling: Women agricultural scientists

  /  April 14, 2014  /  In Focus  /  3 Comments

African Women in Agriculture Research and Development (AWARD) is turning things around for Africa’s female agriculturalists

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Ga Sabry shakes up El Gouna International

  /  April 14, 2014  /  Sports  /  1 Comment

Ga Sabry, whose only previous appearance in the main draw of a PSA World Series event was a first round exit in the 2013 World Championships, impressed on the Red Sea resort of El Gouna

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El Sherbini triumphs in Texas

  /  April 14, 2014  /  Sports  /  3 Comments

Egyptian teenager Nour El Sherbini claimed the biggest Women’s Squash Association World Tour title of her career

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Palm Sunday around the world

  /  April 13, 2014  /  Culture  /  No Comments

Christians of all denominations celebrated the start of the Holy Week

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Libya PM quits, saying he was victim of attack

  /  April 13, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

Thani quit less than a week after parliament tasked him on Tuesday with forming a new cabinet

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PM seeks investors for power plant in Red Sea Governorate

  /  April 13, 2014  /  Business  /  1 Comment

Prime Minister attempts to find fast and unconventional solutions to address energy shortages

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