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Gunmen kidnap Jordan's ambassador to Libya Subscription Required

16 April 2014, 11:59 GMT | By Jeff Florian

Kidnappers demand release of Islamist militant from a Jordanian jail

Algerians apathetic to forthcoming presidential elections Subscription Required

15 April 2014, 13:17 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

Fourth term for Algeria’s incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika seen by many as a foregone conclusion

Car bombs kill 25 people in Syria

10 April 2014, 8:25 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

Explosions went off in a commercial street in Homs

Jordan prequalifies firms for wind power programme Subscription Required

9 April 2014, 8:11 GMT | By Andrew Roscoe

Six companies prequalified as part of Jordan’s renewable energy direct proposal programme

Jordan plans to issue $1bn in eurobonds Subscription Required

7 April 2014, 13:24 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

Government looking to issue US-guaranteed bonds at the end of June

Kerry cancels meeting with Palestinian leader Subscription Required

3 April 2014, 7:29 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

Decision is a sign that Middle East peace talks may soon collapse

Yemen cement expansion put on hold Subscription Required

2 April 2014, 13:59 GMT | By Mark Watts

Al-Barah project suspended due to political instability

Arab summit refuses to recognise Israel as ‘Jewish state’ Subscription Required

27 March 2014, 6:18 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

Definition of Israel is key point in US-Palestinian peace talks

Yemen seeks interest for water sector study Subscription Required

24 March 2014, 12:43 GMT | By Iliana Foutsitzis

Study will investigate groundwater zones in the Sanaa basin

Jordan awards 52.5MW solar plant contract Subscription Required

24 March 2014, 5:54 GMT | By Iliana Foutsitzis

Jordanian photovoltaic solar plant will be built under a 20-year power purchase agreement

Lebanon banks maintain negative outlook Subscription Required

23 March 2014, 12:49 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

US ratings agency warns of increasing exposure of lenders to government debt

GE plans $400m Algerian gas turbine plant Subscription Required

20 March 2014, 6:50 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

US firm to build manufacturing facility in partnership with the local Sonelgaz

Jordan selects contractors for water pipelines Subscription Required

18 March 2014, 10:19 GMT | By Iliana Foutsitzis

Two more contracts to be awarded in the second quarter

Lebanon invites bids for Beirut water scheme Subscription Required

17 March 2014, 9:57 GMT | By Andrew Roscoe

Contract is part of Greater Beirut Water Supply Project

Trina Solar awarded power contract in Jordan Subscription Required

17 March 2014, 6:56 GMT | By Iliana Foutsitzis

Chinese firm Trina Solar will install 2MW solar panels for Jordan food supplier

Jordan to award Spanish firm solar contract Subscription Required

16 March 2014, 9:43 GMT | By Iliana Foutsitzis

Spain’s Atersa Group prepares for award of photovoltaic project in Azraq in Jordan

World Bank approves $250m loan to Jordan Subscription Required

16 March 2014, 8:04 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

Loan will contribute to country’s reform agenda

Local firm wins contract for Tunis Financial Harbour Subscription Required

12 March 2014, 12:48 GMT | By Jeff Florian

Infrastructure work to begin on long-delayed project

Yemen obtains World Bank funding for wind farm Subscription Required

12 March 2014, 7:28 GMT | By Iliana Foutsitzis

Project will add 60MW of renewable energy to the national grid

Centralisation presents risk for Middle East economies Subscription Required

11 March 2014, 12:49 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

Black Swan author says problems in Egypt and Lebanon not always what they seem


Justice: Federalism should help redress some of Yemen’s economic imbalances, says a local party member

Unity through division in Yemen Subscription Required

6 March 2014, 9:43 GMT | By Peter Salisbury

Federalism could hold the key to maintaining political and economic stability in Yemen

In Amenas gas plant, Algeria

In Amenas overshadows bid round in Algeria Subscription Required

25 February 2014, 11:40 GMT | By Richard Nield

The Algerian government launched its fourth licensing round in January, but attracting bids from international investors will be a challenge in the current security climate


Lebanon’s new government ends 10-month political stalemate Subscription Required

20 February 2014, 5:48 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

Cabinet is split equally between the country’s two main factions



Hopes rest on federalism model for Yemen

6 March 2014, 14:22 GMT | By Peter Salisbury

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


Distrust hinders Geneva talks Subscription Required

30 January 2014, 14:23 GMT | 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, 14:02 GMT | By Elizabeth Bains

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


Qatar committed to Algeria plant Subscription Required

30 January 2014, 13:59 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

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


Jordan closes in on autonomy Subscription Required

9 January 2014, 13:40 GMT | By Andrew Roscoe

Amman has realised the need for energy independence and is making progress on renewable, nuclear and shale oil schemes

Aftermath: Shortly after the car bomb blast that killed Mohamad Chatah

Lebanon's moderate voices face extinction Subscription Required

31 December 2013, 9:39 GMT

The assassination of Mohamad Chatah is said to be part of a strategy to sow division in moderate camps

Ambition: Jordan is unwavering in its nuclear plans

Reviving the nuclear debate in Jordan Subscription Required

7 November 2013, 13:01 GMT | By Andrew Roscoe

Amman’s persistence in pushing ahead with its programme shows nuclear power can still play a huge role in providing energy to the region

Renewable energy: A top priority for Amman

Jordan moves on renewable power Subscription Required

17 October 2013, 5:00 GMT

Amman’s need to reduce its reliance on gas imports is stimulating solar and wind power projects investment


Iraq pipeline plans delayed

10 October 2013, 14:08 GMT | By Adal Mirza

Government approvals are holding up a planned export pipeline linking Iraq to Jordan, but a fall in oil revenues could add fresh impetus to the scheme

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