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March 17, 2013

Locusts have been spotted across Lebanon, farmers reported
09:02 GMT

Farmers in north and south Lebanon woke up Saturday to swarms of locusts invading their gardens and crops as the Agriculture Ministry said it would investigate the phenomena brought on by the sudden rise in temperatures.

Bankers applaud at a GCC summit in Bahrain
08:51 GMT

The Bank of Sharjah approves 10% cash dividend to shareholders

Protestors at Beirut airport call for higher wages (Daily Star)
07:39 GMT

Staff at Beirut international airport will man the barricades with other civil servants if the government doesn't refer the wage scale to Parliament this week.

Egypt’s criminal court acquitted two former Mubarak-era ministers on Saturday of corruption charges
03:32 GMT

Egypt’s criminal court acquitted former ministers of tourism and housing Zuhair Garana and Ahmed El-Maghrabi of corruption charges on Saturday

March 14, 2013

The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has announced an initiative to boost investment in Egypt's battered tourism sector.
14:17 GMT

The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has announced an initiative to boost investment in Egypt's battered tourism sector.

Civil servants in Lebanon's long running pay increase dispute have protested outside Beirut's port.
13:51 GMT

Civil servants in Lebanon's long running pay increase dispute have protested outside Beirut's port.

Egypt is planning a raft of measures to deal with a fuel crisis in the country
13:36 GMT

A number of measures aimed at resolving the recent diesel shortage crisis are in the pipeline, said Hossam Qassem, the official in charge of the fuel dossier for Egypt’s presidency, to state-owned news agency MENA on Wednesday.

Qatar is planning more investment in the UK
12:47 GMT

Qatar has begun talks with the UK government to invest up to £10 billion ($14.92 billion) into key infrastructure projects in Britain.

Yemen is to spend $45 million on a digital map of the capital city, Sana'a
09:53 GMT

$45 million is to be spent digitally mapping Sana'a, the capital of Yemen,.

Sparks are flying over a programme for SMEs in Jordan
09:39 GMT

Just days after the World Bank extended financing to Small and Medium Sized enterprises in Jordan, sparks are flying over a programme designed to help SMEs.

The UAE's economy will grow at four per cent, according to the Minister for Economy said on Wednesday
08:42 GMT

The UAE economy is expected to sustain an annual growth rate above 4 per cent in 2013, the Minister of Economy Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri said yesterday.

US wheat may find its way to Iran through a third party exporter (Getty Photo)
07:09 GMT

The US and EU have imposed tough trade restrictions on Tehran but the state may get its hands on US origin wheat.

The head of the EBRD will visit Jordan next week
07:02 GMT

President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Suma Chakrabarti, will visit Jordan next week.

Egypt and India have agreed to boost mutual trade to $8 billion per year by 2015.
03:10 GMT

Egypt and India have agreed to boost mutual trade to $8 billion per year by 2015.

March 13, 2013

Sanctions against Iran appear to be working as refineries in India look elsewhere for oil, a market analyst said
13:56 GMT

Refineries in India are looking to other OPEC suppliers to move from Iranian crude oil, suggesting sanctions are working, a market analyst said.