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March 18, 2013

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.

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.