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March 18, 2013

Sugar is Brazil's biggest export to the Middle East
12:45 GMT

Trade between Brazil and Arab countries grew over 3% in 2012.

An IMF team  has left Cairo after 'positive' talks (File photo)
10:33 GMT

An International Monetary Fund delegation left Cairo on Monday morning after day-long talks with the Egyptian government over a $4.8 billion loan which both parties portrayed as positive.

Jordan's Prime Minister met with the President of the EBRD to discuss increasing cooperation
10:20 GMT

Jordan's Prime Minister-designate Abdullah Ensour and President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Suma Chakrabarti on Sunday discussed ways to boost ongoing cooperation between the Kingdom and the bank.

Economic sanctions against Iran aren't working, officials have said.
10:12 GMT

Tough economic sanctions against Iran has taken a serious toll against its economy, but has not yet produced the kind of public unrest that could force Iranian leaders to change their nuclear policies, officials have acknowledged.

Thousands of refugees entered Jordan from Syria last weekend (Photo UNHCR/B. Sokol)
08:43 GMT

Around 160,000 Syrian refugees are working without proper documentation in Jordan having fled the violence in their home country.

The Lebanese Health Minister Ali Hassan Khalil attends cabinet in September 2012 (Daily Star photo)
08:23 GMT

Lebanon's health minister Ali Hassan Khalil said that a deal could be approved by the next cabinet meeting.

March 17, 2013

The IMF is in Cairo for crucial talks over a $4.8 billion loan (File Photo)
11:47 GMT

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation arrived in Cairo late on Saturday to resume talks on a $4.8 billion loan to Egypt, reports state-owned news agency MENA.

Employees in Bahrain currently enjoy 30 working days holiday per year
11:46 GMT

Firms could challenge the interpretation of Bahrain's Labour Law that currently gives employees 30 working days of annual leave.

Jordanians protested over economic policies on Friday
11:38 GMT

Hundreds of Jordanians demonstrated across the country on Friday to call for widespread economic and political reforms, and to protest against the reappointment of Abdullah Ensour as prime minister.

Many young people in UAE take on part-time hospitality work
11:22 GMT

Part-time workers in the UAE have been told to sign contracts and obtain work permits to prevent exploitation by dodgy companies.

Kuwaiti authorities are said to have reached an agreement on a bail out scheme for banks in the country
10:48 GMT

Kuwaiti authorities are said to have reached a provisional agreement under which its Government will buy out billions of dollars of bank loans and reschedule them interest free.

US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed his support for the Libyan economy
09:12 GMT

America is committed to establishing economic partnership and to help in creating the necessary conditions that make Libya an attractive destination for foreign investment, US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said last week.

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.