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April 3, 2013

Hundreds protested in Cairo over the increase in the cost of cooking gas
09:08 GMT

Hundreds of cooking gas cylinders distributors protested in Cairo on Tuesday following a decision to increase the price by 60 per cent, the first price rise in twenty years.

Lebanon’s Internet connection speeds could leap to 20 megabits per second within the next three months
08:32 GMT

Lebanon’s Internet connection speeds could leap to 20 megabits per second within the next three months, the head of a large ISP revealed.

Jordan's decision to reintroduce a supply portfolio in the newly formed government is being criticised by trade bodies.
03:35 GMT

Jordan's decision to reintroduce a supply portfolio in the newly formed government is being criticised by trade bodies.

April 2, 2013

Image of aeroplane flying used for illustrative purpose
15:03 GMT

Bahrain's Shura Council has approved new legislation aimed at tightening regulation in the country's aviation sector

A crackdown on piracy in Jordan yielded strong results for the National Library Department
14:28 GMT

A crackdown on piracy in Jordan yielded 30,000 pirated DVDs, CDs and books in the first quarter of 2013, which is 20 per cent higher than items seized during the same period in 2012.

Iran and Egypt are at odds over where Iranian tourists can visit
13:40 GMT

Egypt and Iran are reportedly at odds over the Egyptian government’s attempts to regulate the places Iranian tourists can visit.

Qatar is one of the few countries in the Gulf where power generation has grown considerably in the last decade, according to a new report.
13:13 GMT

Qatar is one of the few Gulf countries that has increased its energy output.

Egypt is in negotiations with the Arab Monetary Fund, according to the country's finance minister
11:23 GMT

Egypt is negotiating a loan worth $465 million from the Arab Monetary Fund, the country’s finance minister revealed.

Mobile phone use in Jordan is booming, but the industry is not yet at saturation point, experts claim
09:26 GMT

With mobile penetration in Jordan reaching 140 per cent by the end of 2012, a local research and consulting company said there is room for further growth in mobile subscriptions.

Egypt is trying to lower the number of imports and increase domestic production
09:14 GMT

Egypt, the worlds largest wheat importer, is expected to have lower imports in 2013.

Yemen has announced five new oil fields for international investment
08:37 GMT

Yemen's Ministry of Oil and Minerals announced five new onshore and offshore oil sectors for investment to international companies.

The Free Syrian Army controls more than 70 per cent of oil in the north of the country, according to reports
07:38 GMT

The opposition controls more than 70 percent of the oil wells in Northeastern Syria, according to members of the Free Syrian Army.

The first official tour group from Iran in decades arrived in Upper Egypt on Sunday amid tight security. (FIle Photo)
03:26 GMT

More than 50 Iranian tourists, the first official tour group from the Islamic republic in decades, arrived in Upper Egypt on Sunday amid tight security.

April 1, 2013

Egypt is to dramatically increase the cost of cooking gas cylinders ahead of a vist by the IMF (Abid Katib / Getty Images)
14:46 GMT

Egypt is to increase the price of cooking gas cylinders by 60 per cent.

Tunisia is to sign a $1.8 billion loan agreement with the IMF by May
12:40 GMT

Tunisia will sign a $1.8 billion loan with the International Monetary Fund by May, according to Bloomberg.