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April 9, 2014

According to the report, 80% are concerned with the unemployment level in the country.
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Around 71% of young Egyptians feel that individuals belonging to their generation are more likely to start a business compared to their older counterparts.

ICT Minister Azzam Sleit, who did not wish to name the company, said the door remains open for other operators to acquire such frequencies to introduce 4G services, which enable data transfer rates of up to 150 megabits per second.
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One of the country’s three telecom operators has submitted an official request to acquire frequencies to introduce fourth generation (4G) services in the Kingdom, a government official said on Tuesday.

Symantec also highlighted the increasing number of Internet of Things devices targeted last year including routers, baby monitors and security cameras.
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The number of targeted cyber-attack campaigns increased by 91 per cent in 2013, with each attack lasting three times longer than in 2012, according to an industry report.

April 8, 2014

Ayatollah Khamenei also touched upon health insurance, urging the officials to take measures to expand health insurance, both in terms of quality and coverage.
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He also called for efforts to enhance the society’s mental health and promote an Iranian and Islamic lifestyle.

Israel has already used up its annual $3.1 billion in this year's US military aid, and has committed all the aid through 2018, when the current aid package expires.
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Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon 'fell in love' with the V-22 during a visit to Washington in June 2013 to promote the Osprey deal.

Tehran and Moscow are due to finalize an agreement on broader economic and trade cooperation
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Iran and Russia emphasized finalizing energy agreements between the two sides.

Amman and Beijing agreed to expedite the implementation of development schemes China has agreed to fund through grants
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China has extended more than $162 million to Jordan in the form of loans and grants between 1999 and 2013.

Apartment rentals recorded a 26 per cent annual gain, while those for villas were slightly muted at 12 per cent
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The upward pressure on Dubai’s residential rents continues to mount even as new homes are getting delivered in higher numbers, in the first three months of this year, rentals were up by 7 per cent over the fourth quarter of 2013.

The store is the 424th Apple store to open worldwide. Its 100 employees underwent a year of training prior to the opening
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Fun tidbit: It was built using more glass than any other Apple store

The deal could help bolster the authority of the weak central Libyan government in the face of the country’s powerful militias, most of which have drawn their members from the former rebels who fought against Qaddafi.
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Two other oil terminals, Ras Lanuf and Sidra, would be returned to government control in two to four weeks.

April 7, 2014

Egypt’s foreign reserves rose to $17.414bn in March from $17.307bn in February, the Central Bank said on Monday.
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Egypt aids are lifted by billions and billions of Gulf aid.

Oil minister expressed hope that oil production would return to its level in 2005, that is, 4.2 million barrels per day.
19:50 GMT

Iran’s oil minister has said Iran would exploit ‘every possibility’ to increase oil exports and would not wait for US permission.

The cost of a fingerprinting system and camera exceeds SR20,000 (5000 USD).
19:42 GMT

The Education Ministry has issued strict directives to education departments to draft a plan to counter absenteeism among students, especially around holiday and examination periods.

Ghassan Oweidat, the first investigative judge of Beirut, ordered the arrest of Abu Hamzeh, the former head of the board of trustees of Safa and one-time Jumblatt aide, after questioning him.
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The sources said Abu Hamzeh, husband of famed TV presenter Mona Abu Hamzeh, could remain in custody up to two months before his lawyers can get an order for his release on bail.

The new liquefied petroleum gas plant is designed based on state-of-the-art technology and strict health, safety and environment principles
10:55 GMT

Oman Gas Company (OGC) on Sunday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with both Salalah Free Zone (SFZ) and Port of Salalah (POS) for building a world class liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) processing plant at SFZ and the storages and export facilities at the port.