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April 30, 2013

Jordan's food importers have placed orders ready for "exceptional" demand
08:08 GMT

Food importersin Jordan on Monday said they have placed large orders to meet an anticipated "exceptional" increase in demand during the fasting month of Ramadan.

Kuwait is to part-fund the redevelopment of Egypt's railways
03:38 GMT

After several high-profile accidents on Egypt's railways, notorious for years of chronic under investment, Kuwait has said it will fund some redevelopment of the outdated signalling system.

April 29, 2013

Migrant workers in Lebanon rallied for improved working conditions on Sunday
12:44 GMT

Hundreds of migrant workers marched in Beirut Sunday to demand rights and the eradication of the country’s slavery-like sponsorship system.

March saw an increase in the number of visitors to Petra in Jordan, statistics reveal
11:06 GMT

The numbers of people visiting the ancient city of Petra in Jordan rose in March, compared to the same period in 2012.

The UK is to help set up a specialized recovery team for Arab Spring related assets
10:37 GMT

Britain is to set up a special task-force to return stolen assets that belong to so-called 'Arab Spring' countries, according the country's Middle East affairs minister, Alistair Burt.

Egypt's chief negotiator with the IMF has quit, in a fresh blow to the long-running talk
09:25 GMT

Egypt's chief negotiator with the IMF, and the country's deputy finance minister, has quit.

Negotiations over Qatar's loan to Egypt are rumbling on
08:41 GMT

Qatar's loan to Egypt, in the form of bond-buying, is yet to materialize as negotiations continue over proposed interest rates.

The Association of Banks in Lebanon will comply with any sanctions imposed after two firms were accused of money laundering and financing Hezbollah
08:18 GMT

The Association of Banks in Lebanon said over the weekend it would comply with any sanctions imposed by the U.S. Treasury after two Lebanese money exchange houses were designated as a primary money-laundering concern.

Gold prices hit a one-week high in early trading
08:17 GMT

Gold prices today rose by more than 1 percent during early trading in Singapore, hovering near their highest in more than a week amid strong demand for bars, coins and nuggets.

Libya will start shipping oil to Egypt next month on soft credit terms
07:50 GMT

Libya will start shipping oil to Egypt next month on soft credit terms worth $1.2bn, two Libyan oil industry officials told Reuters.

Jordan has requested $200 million from Japan
07:40 GMT

Jordan has requested a further $200 million from Japan, in what would be the latest round of financing from the Asian nation.

Egypt is negotiating the interest rate on $3 billion worth of Egyptian bonds that Qatar agreed to purchase
03:55 GMT

Egypt is negotiating the interest rate on $3 billion worth of Egyptian treasury bonds that Qatar committed to buying earlier this month, Planning Minister Ashraf El-Araby has said in comments reported by state-owned Al-Ahram daily.

April 28, 2013

More oil has been discovered in Iraqi-Kurdistan
14:21 GMT

A rapid oil appraisal program is under way in the Kurdish region of Iraq following a successful test of a second well, Genel Energy said.

Iran is to export more gas to Turkey
13:25 GMT

Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi says Iran’s natural gas exports to Turkey will increase following the establishment of a planned joint pipeline.

Egypt's first no-alcohol hotel was opened in the touristic city of Hurghada on Saturday
13:01 GMT

Egypt's first no-alcohol hotel was opened in the touristic city of Hurghada on Saturday, with an entire floor for women only.