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September 8, 2014

Iran exported $5.2 billion of food and agricultural products and imported $13.2 billion of the products in the previous Iranian calendar year.
20:18 GMT

Iran exported $237 million of pistachio in the first five months of the current Iranian calendar year

The emirate is now reviving development plans as its real estate market recovers and its safe haven status in the turbulent Middle East attracts heavy inflows of money.
20:06 GMT

The expansion could allow Dubai’s fast-growing flagship carrier Emirates to shift its operations to the new facility by the mid-2020s, airport officials said.

During the meeting, Queen Rania said education is at the top of His Majesty King Abdullah’s priorities, adding that His Majesty has ordered the government to set out an educational reform plan that includes all stakeholders.
17:47 GMT

Discussions at the meeting also covered other issues, including the integration of technology into classrooms, education level indicators in the Kingdom, and how to develop school curricula.

A Palestinian Agriculture Ministry official says the recent Israeli onslaught against the Gaza Strip has had grave impacts on the farming sector in the besieged coastal sliver.
04:55 GMT

“This figure includes $350 million of direct losses and $200 million of indirect ones.”

Hamdallah, who heads the Palestinian government of national consensus which took office on 2 June, said the problem of the wages had turned into the main stumbling block to an intra-Palestinian reconciliation deal.
04:55 GMT

The international community has threatened to boycott the Palestinian leadership if it pays the salaries of former Hamas employees in Gaza, prime minister Rami Hamdallah told AFP on Sunday.

The study was published before finance ministers from the G20 group of leading countries meet in Australia on September 20 and 21.This in turn cost 3.6 million lives a year that could be saved if the missing money were wisely invested, non-government organisation ONE estimated.
04:55 GMT

It is nothing short of a trillion-dollar scandal," said the report, recommending action on four fronts.

September 7, 2014

The new causeway, a terrestrial link, will be called the “King Hamad Causeway”.
14:08 GMT

The new link is expected to consolidate economic, social and cultural relations and cooperation between Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, of which Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are members.

Some economists have concerns about banking liquidity after the issuance of the investment certificates.
13:52 GMT

Ramez said that banking liquidity is safe and has not been affected by the certificates’ financing.

Turkey is the second-largest table olive producer and fourth largest in olive oil production globally. Turkey's share in worldwide olive oil production is 16.7 percent.
13:37 GMT

Turkey has found itself in the midst of an unprecedented agricultural crisis as a result of periods of drought, frost and excessive rainfall this year.

A Chinese factory that supplies Apple with parts has been operating with violations of basic standards for health, safety and environmental protection, an investigative report said Thursday.
05:55 GMT

Asked about the report,Apple said that it audits the plant regularly and works with its operators to raise standards and implement best practices.

The recent flare-up of violence in Iraq is past its worst and Kuwait Energy is keen to invest more in the country because of its potential, Chief Executive Sara Akbar said.
04:55 GMT

Several oil companies in Iraq's Kurdistan region withdrew staff last month after Islamic State militants approached Erbil, the region's capital, threatening its vast oil infrastructure.

The first phase of the project will include the Faculty of Medicine and the Dental College, which exists already.
04:55 GMT

The Dubai Healthcare City authority said the university will offer citizens and residents with a host of graduate and postgraduate programmes

Al-Sisi has also charged the council with the responsibility of reducing “the Egyptian brain drain”, which sees many of the nation’s most educated and skilled workers move abroad to find work.
04:55 GMT

Among the attendees of the meeting was Nobel Prize-winning chemist Ahmed Zuweil, renowned heart surgeon Magdy Yacoub, and psychiatrist Ahmed Okasha.

September 4, 2014

Greece is a major transit point for immigrants seeking illegal access to the European Union.
15:50 GMT

Coast Guard officials Thursday said they expect a three-fold increase in the number of immigrants apprehended this year, compared with 2013, with more than half of people entering Greece now coming from Syria.

The UAE ranked first in the world for quality of roads, according to a report prepared by World Economic Forum (Film/AFP)
12:30 GMT

The UAE has the best roads in the world in terms of quality, according to the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) for 2014-2015.