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World Bank approves $300m programme for Tunisia

World Bank approves Tunisia programme Subscription Required

27 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

$300m scheme comes ahead of elections and will focus on performance and governance of municipalities

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Israel's President Shimon Peres

International community pushes for ceasefire in Gaza Subscription Required

24 July 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

US and UN representatives travel to region to press for an an end to hostilities in Gaza

Sonatrach signs $600m contract with Dodsal

Sonatrach signs $600m contract with Dodsal Subscription Required

23 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Dubai-based engineering firm to build gas compression and reinjection facilities near Hassi Messaoud

Yemen bomb blast

US tells Americans in Yemen to leave country Subscription Required

22 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

State Department warns of possible attacks on businesses and perceived Western interests

Algeria approves plan to boost oil and gas output

Algeria approves plan to boost oil and gas output Subscription Required

22 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

National energy company Sonatrach plans to spend $100bn over five years

Jordan targeted energy mix

Jordan cancels third round of renewables programme Subscription Required

20 July 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Amman also postpones submission date for second round until end of year

Tunisia soldiers

Tunisia launches anti-terror operations Subscription Required

20 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Government cracks down on mosques linked to hardline Islamists in the run-up to crucial elections

Gaza death toll passes 200 Subscription Required

17 July 2014 | By Melissa Song Loong

Israel said it is also considering a ground invasion into Gaza

Tunis, Tunisia

IMF says Tunisia reforms are 'on track' Subscription Required

17 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Organisation agrees on continuing reforms and says elections will bolster confidence in the Tunisian economy

Arab Bank posts profit increase for first half Subscription Required

17 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Jordan’s Arab Bank also boosts lending  

Al-Assad sworn in for third term Subscription Required

17 July 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Syria’s president secures another seven-year term in disputed election

Spanish consortium wins Algeria road work Subscription Required

16 July 2014

Contract covers 380 kilometres of East-West highway

Abraaj Group targets North African investments Subscription Required

15 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Private equity firm confirms interest in Egypt’s Bisco Misr

Yemen security

Yemen oil pipeline bombed Subscription Required

14 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Exports disrupted as violence escalates

UN calls for Israel-Gaza ceasefire Subscription Required

13 July 2014 | By Melissa Song Loong

At least 135 Palestinians have died following airstrikes on Gaza

Oil exploration

Woodside buys stake in Morocco’s Doukkala Basin Subscription Required

10 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Australian oil explorer Woodside Petroleum acquires a 25 per cent stake from Chariot

Gas flare

Petroceltic sells Algeria gas stake Subscription Required

10 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Deal ratified by the Algerian Council of Ministers

Israel bombards at least 150 targets in Gaza Subscription Required

9 July 2014 | By Melissa Song Loong

Israeli aerial assault on West Bank/Gaza killed 25 people

Petrofac resumes operations at Tunisia's Chergui gas field

Petrofac resumes operations at Tunisian gas field Subscription Required

9 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Resolution found to industrial dispute at Kerkennah

Sonatrach to start production at six gas fields Subscription Required

8 July 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

After years of delays all six fields will be operational by 2018

Analysis

Yemen crude production

Unrest in Yemen to weigh on oil production Subscription Required

21 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Increasing violence and shifting territories may force oil companies to cut investment

Mena oil production 2013

Mena share of global oil production slips Subscription Required

24 June 2014 | By Mark Watts

Production drops in Libya, Iran and Syria as US output surges

Tunisia

Tunisia’s gas sector disappoints Subscription Required

24 June 2014 | By Richard Nield

Although a new deal signed on the Nawara field will help arrest the decline in Tunisia’s gas output, its other producing fields are still not performing to expectations

Oil offshore

Oil exporters put the brakes on spending Subscription Required

12 June 2014 | By Dominc Dudley

Oil exporters are starting to trim spending to keep budgets more in line with oil prices

Oil prices and Middle East oil production

Stable oil prices expected in 2014 Subscription Required

11 June 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Energy Information Administration forecasts average prices of almost $105 a barrel  

Government stronghold: In Damascus, Al-Assad supporters took to the streets to celebrate the win

Al-Assad regime digs in Subscription Required

5 June 2014 | By Richard Nield

The Syrian president has won another seven-year term following the controversial election

Syria

Syria prepares for elections amid civil war Subscription Required

5 June 2014 | By Richard Nield

It is widely held that President Bashar al-Assad is assured a landslide victory in Syria’s elections, but critics have declared the vote a sham

Iraq oil exports

Iraq starts up third floating export terminal Subscription Required

5 June 2014 | By Mark Watts

Baghdad bumps up exports from its southern oil fields; but northern sales grind to a halt

Comment

Solar

Lesson of Jordan’s renewables delay

24 July 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Amman’s alternative energy setback could prove a valuable lesson for the country and the wider region

Renewable energy

Jordan sets model for renewables

12 June 2014

Amman has progressed with 12 solar projects, paving the way for other countries in the region to follow suit

Syria votes

Syria’s political divide set to deepen

5 June 2014

The opposition’s views have been trampled by the recent elections that reinstated Al-Assad as president, and tensions are set to increase

Yemen

Hopes rest on federalism model for Yemen Subscription Required

6 March 2014 | By Peter Salisbury

With a decree on Yemen’s devolution imminent, the current government believes the unity of the country relies on abandoning centralisation

Syria

Distrust hinders Geneva talks Subscription Required

30 January 2014 | By Melissa Song Loong

Pressure from both regional and international backers will be needed to stop Syria’s civil war from escalating further

Hope: Document paves way for elections later this year

Tunisia votes for secular democracy Subscription Required

30 January 2014 | By Elizabeth Bains

Tunisia’s open and steady progress is the model that other transition governments need to follow

Steel

Qatar committed to Algeria plant Subscription Required

30 January 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Joint-venture partners press ahead with $3.2bn steel facility and open doors for other investors

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