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August 3, 2015

Beirut is still grappling with a waste crisis that is threatening the health of its residents. (AFP/File)
19:40 GMT
Lebanon’s trash crisis has cast a spotlight on the importance of effective waste management, and inspired new interest in how people can reduce their own environmental impact.
Education Minister Mohammad Thneibat said public schools can't handle any new students. (AFP/File)
14:48 GMT
Education Minister Mohammad Thneibat said public schools can't handle any new students.
Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman chairs the foundation. (Google)
13:39 GMT
The students were supported by the Prince Muhammad Bin Salman Foundation, as part of his initiative to train the next generation of leaders.
Egypt will inaugurate the new Suez Canal on Aug. 6. (AFP/File)
12:39 GMT
Here are the answers to your questions about Egypt's major economic development project.
The Zahrani power plant has been out of service for 15 days, while weekend temperatures are expected to hit 34C. (Pixabay)
12:13 GMT
As if the heatwave wasn't enough, power shortages and water cuts are making southern Lebanese blood boil.
The feminization of women's shops is a culturally sensitive issue in Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
11:51 GMT
Exploitation in the private sector and the feminization of women's shops put the Saudi Ministry of Labor in the hot seat.
By far the best feature of Windows 10 is that it is free for existing Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users. (Tech Times)
11:19 GMT
Microsoft's release of Windows 10 has been widely praised for its improvements over Windows 8. Here's a rundown of the most loveable features.
In spite of the fifth largest natural gas reserves in the world, Saudi Arabia does not produce sufficient gas for power generation and for its vast petrochemical industry. (Shutterstock)
10:27 GMT
Decline in Saudi's crude exports masks the rise in domestic refining and crude oil burn for summer power generation.
The MENA Private Equity Association report noted that the UAE and Saudi Arabia attracted over 75 percent of MENA investments by value in 2014. (Thinkstockphotos)
09:34 GMT
Investment activity in MENA reached record-high levels since 2008 to reach $1.2B last year.
Look out for high-yield investments to generate a large enough nest-egg for a long retirement period. (File photo)
09:10 GMT
The trend for living longer brings a potential financial crisis that should force us to become investment hunters.
While petrol prices go up, the diesel price goes down. (File photo)
08:20 GMT
Amid diving oil prices, the UAE heeds international agencies' advice and removes long-standing subsidies on petrol.
The World Bank estimates as much as 73 percent of Gaza's population is suffering from food insecurity. (AFP/FIle)
07:11 GMT
Israel's blockade has driven poverty levels to 38.8 percent, according to a new report by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.
There's no need to emotionally check out from your present job while you're looking for a new one. (Shutterstock)
06:57 GMT
On the lookout for greener pastures? Here's how to look for a new job while still in your present one.

August 2, 2015

A group of cybercriminals are hacking companies around the world to manipulate stock prices. (AFP/File)
22:31 GMT
A group of cybercriminals are hacking companies around the world to manipulate stock prices.
Bank of Beirut saw a net profit of $89 million in the first six months of 2015. (AFP/File)
22:20 GMT
Bank of Beirut saw a net profit of $89 million in the first six months of 2015.
A conflict between an Egyptian news outlet and advertising company casts a shadow over the media scene. (AFP/File)
22:01 GMT
A conflict between an Egyptian news outlet and advertising company casts a shadow over the media scene.
Iran plans to increase production to meet the demands of European markets. (AFP/File)
21:43 GMT
Iran plans to increase production to meet the demands of European markets.
A protester covers his face with a Palestinian flag during an attack on the headquarters of the United Nations in Gaza city on Jan. 28, 2015. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
21:21 GMT
The refugees on Sunday staged a sit-in in front of the UNRWA headquarters to protest a reduction in services.
The World Bank provided $50 million worth of soft loans to Jordan in the first six months this year. (AFP/File)
21:11 GMT
The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation said donor partners granted the country $1.06 billion between January and July.
The new security cameras were welcomed by taxi drivers, who say the new monitoring system will make their jobs easier. (Shutterstock)
20:56 GMT
The new security cameras were welcomed by taxi drivers, who say the new monitoring system will make their jobs easier.
Jerusalem light rail service returned to normal late Sunday morning after a strike against a new program employees said would worsen their working conditions. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
12:13 GMT
Jerusalem light rail service returned to normal late Sunday morning after a strike against a new program employees said would worsen their working conditions.
Iran Khodro produces a variety of cars such as Runna, Samand, Soren, Peugeot Pars and Peugeot 405 in Iraq. (Fars)
11:28 GMT
Existing manufacturers are slashing prices while automotive businesses expect high growth and service-related opportunities in 18 months following deal.
The trade deal envisages a free-trade bloc covering 40 percent of the global economy. (Yahoo)
11:00 GMT
Obama's 12 nation “Trans-Pacific Partnership” (TPP) fails to reach agreement over drugs, auto trade and regional food protection.
Beirut residents hope that "Tomorrow is a better day" in terms of their waste collection. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
10:47 GMT
Travel and tourism official insists that the garbage crisis has not had an impact on flight bookings from abroad.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R) talk before a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
10:07 GMT
John Kerry, assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs, and a senior advisor will be meeting their counterparts and Sisi in an effort to improve on strained relationship, and sell Iran nuclear deal.
SOMA Messenger’s highly encrypted service offers unlimited free, high quality voice calls, HD video calls with no buffering. (Ad Week)
09:28 GMT
The new free messenger app has 2 million users in the Middle East, of which 1.2 milion are from Saudi Arabia.
Electric cars are being used by the Prime Minister, lower house speaker and Senate president, among others. (City Lab)
09:02 GMT
The initiative follows the planned replacement of 300 city taxis with hybrid vehicles.
If you've already found a job, be polite and professional as you may do business with them in the future. (Pixabay)
08:36 GMT
When that phone rings, make sure you are ready!
RFI's survey indicates that 82 per cent of UAE customers are using at least one digital banking channel. (Pixabay)
08:13 GMT
The UAE is finally following the global trend of mobile-based transactions, according to a new survey.

August 1, 2015

OPEC said price volatility and oversupply was damaging the market. (AFP/File)
13:11 GMT
OPEC said price volatility and oversupply was damaging the market.
The US has given the World Food Program $65 million for Middle Eastern countries struggling to support Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT
The US has given the World Food Program $65 million for Middle Eastern countries struggling to support Syrian refugees.
The airport had more than two million passengers in one month alone. (AFP/File)
10:56 GMT
The airport had more than two million passengers in one month alone.
Oil production in northern Iraq continues without disruption. (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT
Oil production in northern Iraq continues without disruption.

July 31, 2015

The government plans to raise electricity prices for mid-to-high household usage by an average of 19 percent. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
The government plans to raise electricity prices for mid-to-high household usage by an average of 19 percent.

July 30, 2015

The Northeastern Badia District in Jordan showed low passing rates for students. (AFP/Ali Jarekjiali Jarekji)
11:59 GMT
The Northeastern Badia District in Jordan showed low passing rates for students.
The Ministry of Economy said the revised fuel prices in the UAE will not have an impact on the price of consumer goods. (AFP/File)
11:50 GMT
The Ministry of Economy said the revised fuel prices in the UAE will not have an impact on the price of consumer goods.
Small businesses have been severely hit by the pile-up as fewer customers enter the establishments. (AFP/File)
11:27 GMT
Small businesses have been severely hit by the pile-up as fewer customers enter the establishments.
Iranian Khodro and German Mercedes-Benz will sign a deal soon for production of cars, Iran's auto manufacturer said.
09:17 GMT
Iranian Khodro and German Mercedes-Benz will sign a deal soon for production of cars, Iran's auto manufacturer said.
Samsung has announced the date for its next Galaxy Unpacked event where the company will launch the next flagship Note. (AFP/File)
09:07 GMT
Samsung has announced the date for its next Galaxy Unpacked event where the company will launch the next flagship Note.
There are ways to teach children financial responsibility early.
07:01 GMT
Here are some tips to help teach your children financial responsibility at an early age.
The Lebanese government hopes to enroll 200,000 Syrian students in public schools this year, nearly double the number of last year. (AFP/File)
06:34 GMT
The Lebanese government hopes to enroll 200,000 Syrian students in public schools this year, nearly double the number of last year.

July 29, 2015

The country would raise tourism revenues to $26 billion with double the visitors. (AFP/File)
21:46 GMT
The country would raise tourism revenues to $26 billion.
Palestinians ride a horse and cart past the Gazy City power plant in this March 15, 2014. (AFP/File)
21:36 GMT
More fuel is expected to enter Gaza over the next two days to double the amount of electricity for Gaza's power plant.
US soldiers are pictured in May 2010 in front of a Patriot missile battery at an army base in the northern Polish town of Morag. (AFP/Wojtek Radwanski)
21:26 GMT
The State Department approved sales of US Patriot interceptor missiles and aircraft countermeasure systems.
The program would allow Lebanese exports to the US without paying duties and customs in efforts to boost the economy. (AFP/File)
21:14 GMT
The program would allow Lebanese exports to the US without paying duties and customs in efforts to boost the economy.
Egypt's communications and information technology minister promised the new Internet would be implemented in the country by the first quarter of next year.
20:45 GMT
Egypt's communications and information technology minister promised the new Internet would be implemented in the country by the first quarter of next year.
The Gaza Strip's only functioning power plant is set to resume operations following a one-week hiatus. (AFP/File)
17:49 GMT
The Gaza Strip's only functioning power plant is set to resume operations following a one-week hiatus.
The first half of property values in Oman showed a 45.9 percent rise compared with the first half of 2014. (Flickr/J.Elliott)
14:56 GMT
The first half of property values in Oman showed a 45.9 percent rise compared with the first half of 2014.
Microsoft's new operating system Windows 10 was launched Wednesday in efforts to compete with Apple. (AFP/File)
14:11 GMT
Here are some key points about Microsoft's new operating system launched Wednesday.
Iran is seeking to improve relationships with countries across the Middle East, especially with the UAE. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
13:58 GMT
The country is seeking to improve relationships with countries across the Middle East, especially with the UAE.
The drop in gold prices has many families heading to the market to stock up on gold. (AFP/File)
10:34 GMT
The drop in gold prices has many families heading to the market to stock up on gold.
Deregulating oil increased the cost of fuel by 23 percent, but there is some good news.
09:51 GMT
Deregulating oil increased the cost of fuel by 23 percent, but there is some good news.
Sometimes adjusting the pace for individual workers can ensure better productivity. (Shutterstock)
09:38 GMT
Pace can be a difficult adjustment for those dealing with a new work environment.
The first truckloads of Qatari-funded fuel left from the Suez Canal in Egypt on Tuesday to support Gaza after its sole power plant shut down. (AFP/File)
09:13 GMT
The first truckloads of Qatari-funded fuel left from the Suez Canal in Egypt on Tuesday to support Gaza after its sole power plant shut down.
The UAE on Tuesday announced new fuel prices effective in August.
08:52 GMT
The UAE on Tuesday announced new fuel prices effective in August.
The Dubai-based global shipping terminal operator DP World has launched construction work on a new terminal at Jebel Ali Port. (AFP/File)
08:21 GMT
The Dubai-based global shipping terminal operator DP World has launched construction work on a new terminal at Jebel Ali Port.
The dumping of trash near Beirut's airport poses a threat to air travel safety. (AFP/File)
07:59 GMT
The dumping of trash near Beirut's airport poses a threat to air travel safety.
Results from education exams are expected to spur celebrations across the country. (Shutterstock)
07:44 GMT
Results from education exams are expected to spur celebrations across the country.
Leaders of the organization said the move had previously not been possible while sanctions were still in place. (AFP/File)
07:34 GMT
Leaders of the organization said the move had previously not been possible while sanctions were still in place.
Chinese authorities have arrested nine people linked to a company that manufactured tens of thousands of fake iPhones. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT
Chinese authorities have arrested nine people linked to a company that manufactured tens of thousands of fake iPhones.
Windows 10 has gotten mixed responses among analysts. (AFP/File)
07:03 GMT
Windows 10 has gotten mixed responses among analysts.
Boats, including a container ship, cross the new waterway of the Suez Canal on July 25, 2015, in the Egyptian port city of Ismailia, east of Cairo. (AFP/File)
06:50 GMT
Egypt is allowing smaller vessels in the Mediterranean direct access to East Port Said to speed up shipping movements.

July 28, 2015

The dispute between the Muslim Brotherhood and the unlicensed group is moving to new level of complication. (AFP/File)
14:48 GMT
The dispute between the Muslim Brotherhood and the unlicensed group is moving to new level of complication.
A healthy diet may give you the energy boost you need to alter your work habits.
12:01 GMT
A healthy diet may give you the energy boost you need to alter your work habits.
Some easy tricks can go a long way in the hiring process.
10:49 GMT
Some easy tricks can go a long way in the hiring process.
Ali Alghanim and Sons highlighted the third-generation BMW available at its showroom. (AFP/Bill Pugliano)
06:53 GMT
Ali Alghanim and Sons highlighted the third-generation BMW available at its showroom.
RTA's Public Transport Agency has launched its online booking for its Water Taxi service. (AFP/File)
06:09 GMT
RTA's Public Transport Agency has launched its online booking for its Water Taxi service.
A deal was reached Monday night to end a severe garbage crisis. (AFP/File)
06:02 GMT
A deal was reached Monday night to end a severe garbage crisis.
The data released in a report ranked Egypt fourth-most sued. (AFP/File)
05:57 GMT
The data released in a report ranked Egypt fourth-most sued.
Iran has revoked visa requirements for nationals of seven countries as part of plans to boost tourism. (AFP/File)
05:52 GMT
Iran has revoked visa requirements for nationals of seven countries as part of plans to boost tourism.
Russian oil and gas companies plan to restart projects worth a total of $1.6 billion with Syria. (AFP/File)
05:47 GMT
Russian oil and gas companies plan to restart projects worth a total of $1.6 billion with Syria.
Qatar's armed forces will receive low-level radar systems from Italy's Finmeccanica-Salex ES. (AFP/File)
05:43 GMT
Qatar's armed forces will receive low-level radar systems from Italy's Finmeccanica-Salex ES.
The king's holiday home overlooks the beach and prohibits public tourism. (AFP/File)
05:24 GMT
The king's holiday home overlooks the beach and prohibits public tourism.
Jordan on Sunday stressed the UN should continue to offer services for as long as the problem exists. (AFP/File)
03:19 GMT
Jordan on Sunday stressed the UN should continue to offer services for as long as the problem exists.
The increase brings the kingdom's contribution to $60 million a year. (AFP/File)
03:10 GMT
The increase brings the kingdom's contribution to $60 million a year.
The Dubai-based airline said it will start operating a second daily service to the capital. (AFP/File)
03:02 GMT
The Dubai-based airline said it will start operating a second daily service to the capital.
The OnePlus 2 launch has been highly anticipated among tech followers. (Flickr/Maurizio Pesce)
02:56 GMT
The specs may give other popular choices a run for their money.

July 27, 2015

Financial corruption in Egypt has cost nearly $450 million worth of state funds in one month alone. (AFP/File)
13:16 GMT
Financial corruption in Egypt has cost nearly $450 million worth of state funds in one month alone.
Students are often reluctant to leave a steady job for an MBA program.
13:05 GMT
The business model is changing, and students need to be prepared.
A Syrian boy watches vehicles driving past dumpsters and a pile of garbage in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, July 26, 2015. (AFP/Hassan Ammar)
11:32 GMT
A major highway linking Beirut with south Lebanon was reopened Monday after 500 protesters blocked it for a second day.
Here are some easy pointers for those looking for a job and perusing the Internet.
07:47 GMT
Here are some easy pointers for those looking for a job and perusing the Internet.

July 26, 2015

The UNRWA is suffering a severe financial crisis that forced it to severely cut aid for Palestinian refugees. (AFP/File)
18:51 GMT
The UNRWA is suffering a severe financial crisis that forced it to severely cut aid for Palestinian refugees.
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)
18:36 GMT
Residents blocked the Beirut-Sidon highway in protest of dumping Lebanon's waste into their village.
A Jordanian M113 armored ambulance is offloaded at King Hussein Airport, September 1987. (Wikimedia Commons/MSGT Scott Stewart)
18:11 GMT
The International Civil Aviation Organization is investigating a complaint Jordan submitted against Israel's construction of a new airport near Aqaba.
Nile barges will be prohibited from passing through Cairo from sunset to sunrise until the end of September.
17:53 GMT
Nile barges will be prohibited from passing through Cairo from sunset to sunrise until the end of September.
The Big Heart Foundation has pledged to donate nearly $2 million toward three projects run by the UNHCR. (AFP/File)
16:50 GMT
The Big Heart Foundation has pledged to donate nearly $2 million toward three projects run by the UNHCR.
Samsung is disabling Windows Update on some computers, leaving users exposed to security holes. (AFP/File)
16:23 GMT
Samsung is disabling Windows Update on some computers, leaving users exposed to security holes.
Iranian officials are discussing increasing weekly flights to the continent with European airliners. (AFP/File)
15:06 GMT
Iran's media reported on Sunday that aviation officials have started negotiations with several European airliners to increase weekly flights.
MENA governments are considering new tax measures to broaden their revenue base.
14:20 GMT
MENA governments are considering new tax measures to broaden their revenue base.
Fuel prices are expected to drop in August after the decline of Brent oil. (AFP/File)
13:46 GMT
Fuel prices are expected to drop in August after the decline of Brent oil.
Experts advised banks in Lebanon to keep up with new technologies if it wanted to maintain growth. (Shutterstock)
12:05 GMT
Experts advised banks in Lebanon to keep up with new technologies if it wanted to maintain growth.
WhatsApp has released an update for Android users with new features. (Shutterstock)
11:46 GMT
WhatsApp has released an update for Android users with new features.
Egypt began the first trial of the new Suez Canal on Saturday with three container ships. (AFP/File)
11:39 GMT
Egypt began the first trial of the new Suez Canal on Saturday with three container ships.
Being careful with your money now can go a long way in the future.
10:59 GMT
Some spending choices can turn into great future investments.
Iranian officials have denied claims that assets amount to over $100 billion. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
08:28 GMT
Iranian officials said assets amount to $29 billion.
Members of an Egyptian family gather outside their house in a Cairo slum on March 17, 2011. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
07:32 GMT
The country will set aside 1 billion Egyptian pounds ($130 million) of its annual budget in the fiscal year to help develop its slums.

July 25, 2015

Training employees efficiently to get the skills they need for the job can save valuable time and money. (Shutterstock)
23:41 GMT
Training employees efficiently to get the skills they need for the job can save valuable time and money.
Iran's oil industry delegation set off for Vienna to introduce investment opportunities. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Iran's oil industry delegation set off for Vienna to introduce investment opportunities.
An Iraqi militia fighter from Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigade) fires a mortar during heavy clashes with Daesh. (AFP/Jim Lopez)
06:00 GMT
Estonia has given several weapons to Iraq to help it combat Daesh militants.

July 24, 2015

Shipments through the Port of Beirut in June 2015 increased by 81 percent compared with the same month last year. (AFP/File)
10:09 GMT
Shipments through the Port of Beirut in June 2015 increased by 81 percent compared with the same month last year.