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April 9, 2013

Lebanon's main stock exchange took a boost from the appointment of  Tammam Salam as the country's new PM
10:08 GMT

The Beirut Stock Exchange rose for a second trading day Monday as Solidere stocks gained on the appointment of Prime Minister Tammam Salam.

A large number of Egypt’s train drivers and conductors ended their nationwide strike on Monday evening
09:24 GMT

A large number of Egypt’s train drivers and conductors ended their nationwide strike on Monday evening.

Iraq and Jordan sign an agreement to build an oil pipeline between the two nations
08:27 GMT

The Iraqi ministry of oil said on Monday that Jordan and Iraq have signed an agreement to build a double pipeline that will supply the Kingdom with crude oil and natural gas.

April 8, 2013

Syrian conflict has caused the country's economy  to suffer an almost 100 per cent decline in foreign trade in 2012 (DIMITAR DILKOFF / AFP)
14:06 GMT

The conflict in Syria caused the country to suffer an almost 100 per cent decline in foreign trade in 2012

Chinese state media is to help Lebanon's publicly owned TV channel
12:28 GMT

Chinese state media agreed to help Lebanon’s public television station, Tele-Liban.

Strikes on the Egyptian railway have entered a second day, crippling the network
12:05 GMT

A nationwide strike by train drivers continued to paralyse Egypt's rail traffic for a second day on Monday.

Unemployment continues to be a big challenge for Jordan
10:56 GMT

The unemployment rate in Jordan rose during the first quarter of 2013, new statistics reveal.

Saudi Arabia's embassy in Lebanon has denied  there is a ban on issuing visa to Lebanese citizens
09:26 GMT

Saudi Arabia denied Monday a report in a Lebanese newspaper that Riyadh had temporarily halted issuing visas to nationals from Lebanon.

The Gulf's petrochemical industry is set to keep on growing, industry insiders claim
09:14 GMT

The total investments in the petrochemical sector in the Gulf region will balloon to more than $250 billion by 2015.

Egypt has suspended all inbound Iranian flights
08:57 GMT

Egypt's tourism chief has decided to halt incoming flights form Iran, despite a recent thawing in relations.

Jordan has decided to suspend the recruitment of guest workers
08:27 GMT

Jordan's Labour Ministry has decided to suspend the recruitment of foreign workers to the Kingdom.

The Palestinian economy is expected to grow by five per cent
03:43 GMT

The Palestinian economy is on track for 5 to 6 percent growth this year as a shortfall in international aid continues to take its toll, according to a senior minister.

April 7, 2013

South Sudan restarted oil production Saturday, more than a year after it halted operations
13:30 GMT

South Sudan restarted oil production Saturday, more than a year after it halted operations due to conflicts with neighboring Sundan.

Egypt's railway workers have started a strike after staff rejected a ten per cent pay increase
13:01 GMT

Railway workers in Egypt begun a strike on Sunday, crippling the country's rail network.

is the UAE's so-called Skype ban being lifted?
12:44 GMT

Internet users in the UAE have been able to access Skype, despite an alleged 'ban' on accessing the company's website.