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August 31, 2015

Palestinian students play in a classroom at a UN school in Gaza City on Sept. 14, 2014 on the first day of the new school year. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
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The academic year for the UNRWA's 250 schools in Gaza began on Monday with nearly 250,000 children attending.
Sukleen, the company responsible for collecting Lebanon's trash, started a strike and began a crisis that evolved to a call for economic reform. (AFP/File)
13:40 GMT
Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq asked the Lebanese prime minister to appoint someone in his place.
Mexico, Malta, Singapore, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Thailand Panama, Canada and Australia made the top 10. (Amazon)
13:00 GMT
The biggest expat survey in the world have made a list of most livable countries based on support services and overall quality of life. How did your country do?
Environmentalists fear that removal of fresh water from Lake Kinneret will endanger the lake's ecosystem. (Twitter)
12:00 GMT
The transfer of 50 million cubic meters of fresh water from Israel in return for desalinated water in Jordan has upset environmentalists.
The Nasir al-Mulk mosque, also known as the Pink Mosque, in Shiraz, Iran. (Pinterest)
11:00 GMT
Waiver requests and establishment of an electronic visa facility part of Iran's ambitious plan to boost tourism.
The cool water unit of the Al-Hamra electricity station leaked highly flammable Mazut oil. (Pixabay)
11:00 GMT
Flammable oil leaked from an electricity station in Assiut on Friday, forcing the closure of 10 water stations.
Oman continues to increase spending on oil production despite calls for more diversity in Gulf funds. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Oman continues to increase spending on oil production despite calls for more diversity in Gulf funds.
The discovery was made in the Shorouk block that was awarded to Eni in January 2014 following an international bid. (Shutterstock)
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Find could be one of the world's largest natural-gas discoveries.
The World Health Tourism Congress will be held in Dubai Health Care City. (Intertrans.cz)
08:00 GMT
Health tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, with $100B being spent a year.
Egypt's biggest exports are to Iraq first, followed by Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Libya and then Sudan.(Ecomena)
07:00 GMT
Forty percent of Egypt's exports are destined for Libya and Iraq; is the Islamic State imposing fees on Egyptian goods?
Avoid going off-topic by sticking to an agenda and redirecting conversations when necessary. (Shutterstock)
07:00 GMT
Whether its an low-key internal touch-base or high-level power session, here are some ways to make your next meeting more efficient.
The World Bank said the lifting of sanctions will create a rush of resources for the country. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The World Bank said the lifting of sanctions will create a rush of resources for the country.
Hinge allows users to reveal if they are 'open to' a relationship, dating or want to keep it casual. (Product-Reviews.net)
05:00 GMT
A survey by dating app Hinge claims that 63 percent of polled users were interested in relationships, against two percent wanting casual hook-ups.
Facebook launch of M is an attempt to increase interactive communication among users. (The Next Web)
05:00 GMT
Social media site makes a foray into the virtual assistant market with a feature that helps complete organizational tasks.
A joint account for household expenses may be the transparency needed for discussions about spending. (File photo)
05:00 GMT
Financial disagreements can quickly lead to fractured relationships; especially if talking about money doesn't happen until there is a problem.

August 30, 2015

Qatar is developing five separate lines, including 148kms to the border with Saudi Arabia. (File photo)
15:00 GMT
Undisclosed deal is a welcome development in a project that has been fraught with delays.
Credit growth is expected to remain largely unchanged for 2015, according to Standard & Poor's analysts. (File photo)
14:00 GMT
Standard and Poor forecast slow growth for global sukuk and islamic financial services in light of declining oil revenues.
Public expenditure on the Aqaba development program between is expected to cost $162.6 million. (Flickr)
14:00 GMT
Public expenditure on the Aqaba development program between is expected to cost $162.6 million.
Casualties were reported to be represented by various nationalities. (Mia.mk)
13:44 GMT
Deadly blaze at residential complex rented by Saudi oil giant Aramco began in the basement and was first spotted around 6am.
The joint company will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul of Saudi helicopters, both commercial and military. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
The new joint company will have locations in Riyadh and Jeddah.
DP World's portfolio includes 65 terminal operations worldwide. (Shutterstock)
12:31 GMT
The Dubai company eyes expansion into Iran, Africa and Latin America.
Jordanian authorities are preparing to supply charging stations in the country for electric cars. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Jordanian authorities are preparing to provide the infrastructure, with electric charging stations.
A report found EgyptAir had accumulated billions in losses in the past three years. (AFP/File)
11:32 GMT
A report found EgyptAir had accumulated billions in losses in the past three years.
Arab unemployment is due to cultural and social factors, as well as economic ones. (File photo)
11:23 GMT
In the face of the debate over nationalization of jobs, there are many capable, skilled Arabs, primarily Saudis, that are voluntarily choosing unemployment.
The union's stance emerged after a meeting with Palestinian trade unionists at the World Social Forum in Tunisia. (File photo)
09:30 GMT
The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America have reportedly become the first nationwide union to join the boycott against Israel.
Industrialists have been forced to send Jordanian exports destined for Iraq via Kuwait, a costlier option. (File photo)
06:49 GMT
The Turaibil/Karameh crossing has been closed since mid-July over security concerns, adding to Jordanian exporters' woes.
Being glued to your gadget makes you unsocial and can have grave implications on the health of developing minds in particular. (Pixshark)
05:30 GMT
Looking at your phone instead of paying attention in a social setting is not just an adolescent occupation; parents should check their own behavior and monitor their children's habits.
The luxury iPhone 6s can be personalized with laser engraving. (Goldgenie)
05:00 GMT
Goldgenie has announced that the Limited edition iPhone 6s in 24K Gold, Rose Gold and Platinum will be available for pre-order on August 31.
Enhanced due diligence has been a feature of modern regional banking, especially in combating terrorism financing. (Saida Online)
05:00 GMT
Lebanese and Arab banks are feeling the strain from high compliance costs, hampering their ability to properly finance regional economies, says union official.
The UAE boasts one of the most diversified economies in the region. (File photo)
05:00 GMT
Global market volatility requires a smart strategy to pick selective stocks.
Consider telling your colleagues about personal distress on a need-to-know basis. (Shutterstock)
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Be selective about what you divulge at the office, especially in times of personal distress.

August 27, 2015

Turkish soldiers take position in a marijuana field during an operation on July 8, 2013 in the Lice district of the southeastern city of Diyarbakir. (AFP/Mehmet Engin)
18:19 GMT
Sources said the PKK made between $500 million and $2.5 billion a year from its drug trade.
A federal appeals court Wednesday ruled the families were allowed to go after financial claims for Iran-backed "terrorism." (Wikimedia Commons/Jamal Nazareth)
18:03 GMT
A federal appeals court Wednesday ruled the families were allowed to go after financial claims for Iran-backed "terrorism."
The Cabinet approved a number of bills in its session Thursday. (AFP/File)
17:25 GMT
The Cabinet approved a number of bills in its session Thursday.
Russia said the industrial zone will be established in the Suez Canal area. (AFP/File)
16:47 GMT
Russia said the industrial zone will be established in the Suez Canal area.
Israeli media reports released last week reported plans for a palace built with government funding. (Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction)
15:40 GMT
Israeli media reports released last week reported plans for a palace built with government funding.
Egypt had previously banned the rice export years ago and said the good needed to be saved for local consumption. (AFP/File)
14:45 GMT
A ministry official said the prohibition will begin Sept. 1.
The UN relief agency inched toward closing the $100 million deficit but still faces restructuring that may cost employees their jobs. (AFP/File)
14:33 GMT
The UN relief agency inched toward closing the $100 million deficit but still faces restructuring that may cost employees their jobs.
The Kurdish government said oil companies operating in northern Iraq will get help to endure the depressed oil economy. (AFP/File)
13:25 GMT
The Kurdish government said oil companies operating in northern Iraq will get help to endure the depressed oil economy.
Maldives Tourism has organised showcases in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar. (Pixabay)
12:41 GMT
As European tourists decline, the Maldives is turning its attention towards the GCC market, which accounted for only 2.9 percent of tourists in the last six months.
Petrol prices rose by 24 percent in August. (CNET)
12:27 GMT
Deregulation caused a spike in petrol prices last month, but the ministry of energy plans to reduce gas prices by 8 percent next month.
Nearly three-quarters of Qatar Airways' 9000 cabin crew are female. (Qatar Airways)
11:30 GMT
Airline was criticized heavily as having restrictive and discriminatory policies with regard to female staff, particularly newly married or pregnant cabin crew.
The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency has reaffirmed its commitment to peg the riyal to the USD. (File photo)
11:00 GMT
A gradual tightening of Saudi Arabia's budget would still imply a double-digit deficit next year, according to Merrill Lynch.
A Yemeni market. Micro-businessess account for around 50 per cent of GDP in Arab countries. (File photo)
10:43 GMT
With nearly 90 percent of regional economies being driven by SMEs, regional experts met in Amman to discuss challenges to stability and growth.
Indians, Pakistanis and Filipinos sent home $20.2B from the UAE in 2014. (File photo)
10:16 GMT
In a first for the industry, overseas workers can now redeem awards when sending money through the Xpress Money Rewards Program.
In Beirut, trash mounds as there is no system in place for disposing the waste or recycling it. (AFP/File)
08:18 GMT
The village of Arabsalim knows how to manage its waste.
Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap is a successful example of a luxury watch's foray into wearable tech. (Montblanc)
06:53 GMT
Find the time to look good and have the best of wearable tech on your wrist, with a roundup of the best smartwatches that manage to do both.
Business cards can be creative to be memorable, but ensure there is enough white space to avoid a cluttered look. (Web Designer Depot)
06:03 GMT
The business card is an important tool in networking - take advantage of these tips to be sure that yours is professional.
The country's import bill may decline for Lebanon's goods coming from China and Europe. (AFP/File)
02:49 GMT
The country's import bill may decline for Lebanon's goods coming from China and Europe.
The farmers said it was the government's responsibility to help cover their living expenses.
02:37 GMT
The farmers said it was the government's responsibility to help cover their living expenses.
The 52-year-old man was arrested at the Erez crossing years after Israel began issuing businessmen entry permits. (AFP/File)
02:29 GMT
The 52-year-old man was arrested at the Erez crossing years after Israel began issuing businessmen entry permits.
One out of five people planning to stay at Le Grey Hotel in Beirut canceled reservations due to street riots and security concerns. (AFP/File)
02:02 GMT
One out of five people planning to stay at Le Grey Hotel in Beirut canceled reservations due to street riots and security concerns.
An amendment in Egypt's tax law will be raising the income bracket for tax exemptions. (Shutterstock)
01:51 GMT
An amendment in Egypt's tax law will be raising the income bracket for tax exemptions.
The Ministry of Interior urged UAE residents to use the electronic services to speed up the process. (Shutterstock)
01:39 GMT
The Ministry of Interior urged UAE residents to use the electronic services to speed up the process.
Central bank policies have been affecting financial markets. (AFP/File)
01:32 GMT
Central bank policies have been affecting financial markets; here's what you need to know.
The Iranian government said the removal of sanctions will offset the budget deficit and help improve the country's foreign reserves. (AFP/File)
01:22 GMT
The Iranian government said the removal of sanctions will offset the budget deficit and help improve the country's foreign reserves.
The kingdom's stock market jumped 7.4 percent on Tuesday after several days of investors selling their shares. (AFP/File)
00:55 GMT
The kingdom's stock market jumped 7.4 percent on Tuesday after several days of investors selling their shares.
Motorola's new smartphone enhanced some essential features, focusing on redefining the user experience. (AFP/Nelson Almeida)
00:40 GMT
Motorola's new smartphone enhanced some essential features, focusing on redefining the user experience.
Global marketing company J. Walter Thompson was selected for a contract with Egypt to campaign for the country's tourism. (AFP/File)
00:20 GMT
Global marketing company J. Walter Thompson was selected for a contract with Egypt to campaign for the sector.
The Syrian president said in a televised interview that relationships with Iran and Russia remain stable. (AFP/File)
00:04 GMT
The Syrian president said in a televised interview that relationships with Iran and Russia remain stable.

August 26, 2015

China's state bank implemented an interest rate cut Wednesday that had mixed reactions from shareholders. (AFP/File)
23:46 GMT
China's state bank implemented an interest rate cut Wednesday that had mixed reactions from shareholders.
Only 3 percent of women make it to the CEO level among the 34 democratic, free market nations included in the study.
22:54 GMT
The Middle East loses an average of 40 percent of income per person from gender inequality in the workplace.
Turkey's defense sector grew 21 percent in the past five years. (AFP/File)
22:37 GMT
The country's defense sector grew 21 percent in the past five years.
Jordanian King Abdullah and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss better cooperation to improve Jordan's infrastructure. (AFP/File)
22:28 GMT
Jordanian King Abdullah and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss better cooperation to improve Jordan's infrastructure.
Lebanese street cleaners collect trash from Beirut a week after protesters shut down the country's largest landfill, leaving piles of trash on July 26, 2015. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
22:22 GMT
More garbage truck drivers staged a sit-in and demanded to know the fate of their jobs after the company's contract expires.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the two countries are finalizing the details of the nuclear plant project. (AFP/File)
22:12 GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the two countries are finalizing the details of the nuclear plant project.
Lebanon's Cabinet refused the selection of companies to manage Lebanon's waste. (AFP/File)
22:08 GMT
Lebanon's Cabinet refused the selection of companies to manage Lebanon's waste.
The market's prices rose as hot temperatures affected the wearing of the rubber.
09:17 GMT
The market's prices rose as hot temperatures affected the wearing of the rubber.
The International Atomic Energy said it would need nearly another $200,000 a month for Iran's inspections. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
The International Atomic Energy said it would need nearly another $200,000 a month for Iran's inspections.

August 25, 2015

The paper's administrators said reporters would likely be taken off the print publication to work as online journalists.
12:54 GMT
The paper's administrators said reporters would likely be taken off the print publication to work as online journalists.
The ad received backlash from Twitter users when the extremists posted it last week.
12:38 GMT
The ad received backlash from Twitter users when the extremists posted it last week.
The Omani economy is under pressure to move away from its dependence on oil. (Wikimedia Commons)
09:40 GMT
WIth lower fiscal reserves and lack of economic diversification, Oman has a budget deficit of $4.5M so far this year.
Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour and Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden. (World Water Week)
09:15 GMT
Abdullah Ensour addressed the opening of the conference on "Water for Development", highlighting Jordan's acute water crisis and need for international assistance.
Sisi's three-day visit to Moscow marks his third visit since the start of his presidency. (AFP/File)
08:51 GMT
High on the Egyptian President's agenda are Egypt's hopes to join Eurasian free trade zone and an establishment of a Russian industrial zone near the Suez.
Phasing out of government subsidies have left the energy industry saddled with debt. (Shutterstock)
08:16 GMT
Iran has lined up over 800 energy projects targeted for investment post-sanctions.
Saudi Arabia's Tadawul index lost 6.86 per cent. (Twitter)
07:06 GMT
Gulf bourses reflected Wall Street's bearish mood yesterday, with equities in all markets closing in decline.
Both Easy Taxi and Uber are slightly more expensive than traditional taxis. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Easy Taxi and Uber are easing public transportation and cab-flagging woes in the Jordanian capital.
Myers-Briggs is a popular personality test used by employers. (Pinterest)
05:30 GMT
Tests for IQ, personality, aptitude and other tools are increasingly being used by employers to help hire the best candidates.
Gas cookers are generally less energy efficient, but Wolf makes a 36" cooktop that ranks highly. (Pixabay)
05:00 GMT
The latest home appliances let you be environmentally-friendly while saving money in the long run.

August 24, 2015

Environment Minister Mohammed Machnouk on Monday said biddings for companies to manage the country's waste were completed. (AFP/File)
18:57 GMT
Environment Minister Mohammed Machnouk on Monday said biddings for companies to manage the country's waste were completed.
Al-Bayt Stadium is one of five stadiums currently under construction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. (Courtesy/Qatar Football Association)
18:39 GMT
Al-Bayt Stadium is one of five stadiums currently under construction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Brent oil started trading down 4.3 percent to $38.65 per barrel. (File photo)
15:45 GMT
Wall Street and oil prices plummet in response to China's largest stock dive in eight years.
85 million internet users in MENA spent $10B online in 2014. (File photo)
15:30 GMT
With only one to two percent of sales being digital, there is still plenty of opportunity for growth before the region catches up with the global five percent average.
The amendments reduced the top income bracket to begin at LE200,000 per year, from LE250,000.(MBC)
15:20 GMT
New amendments include tax relief for the wealthy and wider tax exemption income brackets.
JADEC ranks airlines according to revenue, passenger numbers, safety benchmarks, losses and accident-free years. (The News Tribe)
15:00 GMT
The Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JADEC) have released their list of the world's ten safest airlines in 2014.
The BDS letter alleges that the Leviev jewels were connected to human rights abuses in Angola as well as Palestine. (O Magazine)
14:29 GMT
Media moghul ignores BDS requests and wears Israeli jewels on her O magazine cover. Is this a new trend?
A Lebanese protester throws clothes on a pile of burning tires as demonstrators block a road in the southern city of Sidon on Oct. 20, 2012. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
13:10 GMT
Witnesses said the 19-year-old man poured gasoline on himself near the Grand Serail in the southern city on Sunday.
The airline launched a new flight route to another European destination on Monday. (AFP/File)
11:57 GMT
The airline launched a new flight route to another European destination on Monday.
A vendor displays on a stall freshly caught local mullet fish on Aug. 1, 2014 at the main fish market in Kuwait City. (AFP/Yasser al-Zayyat)
11:48 GMT
Kuwait's residents continued a boycott for its second day, calling for the reduction of "unreasonably" high fish prices.
Dozens of policemen in northern Egypt protested for better incentives and occupational hazard compensation. (AFP/File)
11:32 GMT
Dozens of policemen in northern Egypt protested for better incentives and occupational hazard compensation.
The MoveSouq.com survey showed that 67 per cent of apartment buildings and 50 per cent of villas in Dubai are uninsured. (File photo)
07:30 GMT
A recent survey of Dubai residents reflect extremes when in comes to uptake of insurance policies.
The PoloTech shirt will be available in the Middle East this week. (First Slice)
06:30 GMT
The PoloTech shirt will read vital signs that can be relayed to an iPhone app that tailors a workout for the wearer.
The statue of Sekhemka and his wife Sitmerit dates back to the 5th dynasty. (Museum Association)
06:00 GMT
4500 year-old statue was stopped from export to a private buyer, but the ban is due to expire on 29 July.
When it comes to finances, failing to plan is planning to fail. (iStockphoto)
05:30 GMT
Take stock of your financial health and improve your credit rating.
A healthy and positive corporate culture, with opportunities for career development are musts to attract A-players. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
If you want to attract top talent, make sure your company is also aiming high.

August 23, 2015

Egypt's president discussed his infrastructure plans for the new city with the Council of Economic Development. (AFP/File)
17:33 GMT
Egypt's president discussed his infrastructure plans for the new city with the Council of Economic Development.
Thousands of customers from the online dating site were vulnerable to cyber attacks that revealed their private information.
17:23 GMT
Thousands of customers from the online dating site were vulnerable to cyber attacks that revealed their private information.
An initiative to restore a rundown Jewish cemetery in southern Lebanon was funded anonymously by a New York-based member of the diaspora. (YouTube)
17:07 GMT
An initiative to restore a rundown Jewish cemetery in southern Lebanon was funded anonymously by a New York-based member of the diaspora.
Shuaiba is one of three oil refineries in Kuwait that produce a total of 930,000 barrels per day. (AFP/File)
16:28 GMT
The refinery stopped producing oil when a massive fire closed down its facilities.
Iran's oil minister Bijan Zanganeh began negotiations with the British foreign secretary in Tehran. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
16:10 GMT
Iran's oil minister began negotiations with the British foreign secretary in Tehran.