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April 21, 2013

Jordan's new poverty plan has been slammed as "inadequate"
08:37 GMT

Jordan's new plan to combat poverty in the country has been slammed as "inadequate".

Egypt's negotiations with the IMF are not over, according to IMF chief Christine Lagarde
03:39 GMT

Negotiations between Egypt and the International Monetary Fund are not over yet, IMF chief Christine Lagarde told reporters in Washington on Thursday.

April 18, 2013

Apple shares have hit an 18 month low
14:56 GMT

Tech giant Apple has lost its title as the world's most valuable publicly traded company after the firm's shares fell below 400 dollars for the first time in a year and half.

The World Bank is to extend $70 million to Jordan for financing SMEs
13:21 GMT

The World Bank is to offer a low interest, long-term $70 million loan to Jordan to help finance micro-projects and SMES.

Saudi Arabia remains upbeat on Lebanese tourism, despite regional turmoil
12:55 GMT

Riyadh expressed its optimism for the upcoming tourism season in Lebanon if the positive atmosphere is maintained in the country, Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri said in remarks published Thursday.

Jordanians rushed to buy gold as the price tumbled
12:43 GMT

Jordanians have purchased over 500 kilos of gold over the past two weeks following a sharp dip in the prices of the precious metal on the global market, according sector leaders.

Turkey will transfer the remaining US$1 billion of a $2 billion loan to Egypt in two months, according to sources
12:31 GMT

Turkey will transfer the remaining US$1 billion of a $2 billion budget support package agreed for Egypt last year within the next two months, Turkish economy officials and banking sources said on Wednesday.

Paying back debts is hurting Egypt's' debt
11:11 GMT

Egypt's debt-servicing bill is set to jump by almost a third in the next fiscal year, hampering the government's ability to boost economic growth from the slowest pace in two decades.

Lebanon is set to crackdown on smuggled handsets in the country
09:56 GMT

Some 70 percent of mobile phones in the Lebanese market are smuggled into the country, with officials planning to black the use black market handsets.

France is hoping to win big with Saudi Arabia's nuclear contracts
08:37 GMT

France’s Areva says it aims for the majority of its subcontractors to be local firms should it win an expected tender to build nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia.

Jordan has received six bids for its first ever oil shale plant
07:20 GMT

The Attarat Power Company (APCO) announced Wednesday that six internationally renowned engineering and construction companies have submitted proposals to construct Jordan’s first oil shale-fired power plant.

Egypt’s poor need to be compensated in cash transfers for the removal of subsidies, the IMF has said
03:47 GMT

Egypt’s poor need to be compensated in cash transfers for the removal of subsidies, said an official from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at a press conference in Washington on Tuesday.

April 17, 2013

 Kurdistan is set to export oil to the world via Turkey, in a move that will provoke Baghdad.
13:08 GMT

In a move that is likely to provoke officials in Baghdad, Kurdistan is set to export oil to the world via Turkey as debates rumble on over who should see the cash windfall.

A delegation from Egypt is heading to Cairo for the semi-annual meetings with the IMF and World Bank
12:34 GMT

A high-level delegation of Egyptian officials left Cairo on Wednesday, bound for Washington DC to take part in the semi-annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank later this week.

The six GCC member states are planning stricter migrant worker rules
12:12 GMT

GCC countries will soon pass a law regulating foreign labor in the Gulf countries, including returning to their home countries “marginal” and unskilled foreign workers, a Gulf official said.