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April 1, 2013

The airport in Alexandria, in the north of Egypt, reopened on Sunday following a strike by police
11:48 GMT

Borg al-Arab International Airport in Alexandria reopened Sunday after police strikes forced it to shut down.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad signed a draft law easing visa restrictions on Egyptian tourists
09:56 GMT

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has signed a draft law that sees the lifting of visa requirements for Egyptian tourists visiting the Islamic republic

Despite internal and external pressures, Jordan's economy grew by 2.7 per cent in 2012
09:25 GMT

Jordan’s economy grew by 2.7 per cent in 2012, official figures showed on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia has not yet banned messaging apps, such as Skype, despite threats
09:08 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s telecommunications regulator didn’t block messaging applications despite an ultimatum it gave to telecom companies if they failed to monitor these applications.

Jordan's government on Sunday decided to lower fuel prices as of Monday.
08:17 GMT

Jordan's government on Sunday decided to lower fuel prices as of Monday.

GDP in Palestine grew by 5.9 per cent in 2012 compared to 2011, new statistics reveal.
03:07 GMT

GDP in Palestine grew by 5.9 per cent in 2012 compared to 2011, new statistics reveal.

March 31, 2013

The man behind the worlds tallest building in Dubai is planning on going  even higher with a new construction in Asia
14:06 GMT

The man behind the Burj Khalifa says he is keen to build a tower in Asia that would soar more than 1km into the sky and steal Dubai’s crown as home to the world’s tallest building.

The IMF is due in Egypt on Wednesday
13:42 GMT

The IMF is to visit Egypt on Wednesday, according to the Reuters news agency, to discuss further a possible $4.8 billion

To celebrate the link-up, Emirates and Qantas staged a tandem flyover of the Sydney Harbour Bridge by two Airbus A380s. (JAMES MORGAN / QANTAS / AFP)
12:46 GMT

Qantas reports a sharp increase in bookings to Europe since it signed a deal with Dubai’s Emirates, under which the first flight in partnership between the two airlines is due to take off on Sunday.

Fuel prices in Jordan are set to drop on Monday
11:12 GMT

Fuel prices in Jordan are set to drop slightly on Monday following a decrease in the price of oil on the international markets.

Workers from Libyan  oil company Tatneft are returning to Libya to resume work interrupted by the revolution
10:33 GMT

Workers from Libyan oil company Tatneft are returning to Libya to resume the work that was interrupted by the 2011 February 17 Revolution.

The first flight from Cairo to Tehran for 34 years took off on Saturday in a thawing of relations
10:14 GMT

Air Memphis departed Egypt’s International Airport on Saturday heading to Tehran to mark the first direct flight between the two capitals since the Islamic Revolution in Iran, more 30 years ago.

Many Lebanese bank in Cyprus are planning to either shut down or reduce their operations on the island
09:47 GMT

Most Lebanese banks operating in Cyprus said they were planning to either shut down or drastically reduce the scope of their operations on the island, following strict new capital controls.

An Iraqi official has confirmed Baghdad  rejected a request from Egypt for a $4 billion bond to be deposited in Egypt’s central bank
09:21 GMT

An Iraqi official says Baghdad has rejected a request from Egypt for a $4 billion bond to be deposited in Egypt’s central bank to bolster its faltering economy.

Egypt’s vital waterway Suez Canal hit a 7.4 percent slump in monthly revenues.
04:30 GMT

Egypt’s vital waterway Suez Canal hit a 7.4 percent slump in monthly revenues, the country's state information portal showed.