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Morocco's King Mohammed VI

Morocco: Subsidy reform leading the region

20 August 2014

Subsidy controls implemented by King Mohammed VI and the government have yielded results

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    US embassy compound in Tripoli, Libya

    Militia takes control of US embassy in Tripoli Subscription Required

    1 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

    Armed group says it is defending the compound to prevent looting

    Egypt fuel subsidy cuts not enough to increase credit rating

    Egypt’s unemployment rate forecast to decline Subscription Required

    31 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

    Proportion of unemployed could fall to 12.2 per cent next year

    Britain's ambassador to Libya, Michael Aron

    UN cracks down on Libya fighting Subscription Required

    28 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

    Security Council unanimously approves sanctions for entities and individuals involved in violence

    Egypt parliament

    Egyptian electricity officials sacked Subscription Required

    26 August 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

    All the eight sacked officials reportedly had links to the Muslim Brotherhood

    Tripoli International airport following air strikes

    US claims UAE and Egypt responsible for airstrikes on Libya Subscription Required

    26 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

    Anonymous US officials tell news agencies that the UAE and Egypt secretly bombed Libyan militias

    Tripoli International airport taken over

    Tripoli international airport seized by Misrata-led militias Subscription Required

    25 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp , Hassan Morajea

    Airport changes hands in move that is likely to escalate conflict


    Libya stripped of 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Subscription Required

    25 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

    Continuing violence means tournament is now looking for new host

    Ruler of Oman, Sultan Qaboos

    Sultan Qaboos remains in Germany after medical tests Subscription Required

    21 August 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

    Oman’s ruler has been in Germany since 10 July

    Omar Shakmak

    Libya’s acting oil minister stands down Subscription Required

    21 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

    Omar Shakmak says acting Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni asked him to stand down

    Seoul, South Korea

    Dubai’s sovereign wealth fund signs deal with South Korea Subscription Required

    21 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

    Investment Corporation of Dubai to work with the Export-Import Bank of Korea


    Russia's President Vladimir Putin with Egyptian counterpart Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

    Russia looks to the Middle East Subscription Required

    21 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

    As sanctions imposed by the West begin to bite, Russia faces a potential funding gap and is looking to form new alliances in the Middle East and North Africa

    Oil production

    Saudi oil revenues expected to top $300bn Subscription Required

    11 August 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

    Strong oil prices coupled with sustained high production leads to upwards revision in forecast

    The Louvre Abu Dhabi

    The GCC’s growing art spend Subscription Required

    24 July 2014 | By Austyn Allison

    Qatar and Abu Dhabi are among the states muscling in on the international art market

    Stalemate: Iran and the P5+1 countries seem unlikely to reach a quick resolution

    Outlook for doing business with Iran improves Subscription Required

    17 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

    While a quick resolution on Iran’s nuclear programme remains elusive, many countries in the region are strengthening ties with the Islamic Republic

    Rescue: Aramco took over the development of Jizan Economic City to prevent its failure

    Saudi Aramco’s mission creep Subscription Required

    17 July 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

    The oil major’s influence is spreading as it proves itself to be a reliable client for Riyadh

    Iran nuclear talks 14 July 2014

    Business world eyeing Iran opportunities as nuclear talks come to a head Subscription Required

    14 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

    GCC stands to gain by boosting ties with a more open Iran after years of strained relations

    Egypt fiscal balance and government debt

    Al-Sisi kicks off austerity drive Subscription Required

    10 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

    Protests over fuel subsidy cuts mean the new president faces a difficult balancing act in shrinking Egypt’s fiscal deficit and maintaining his popularity

    Observers: Qatar sent a 140-strong delegation to Brazil to learn from its World Cup successes and mistakes

    What Qatar can learn from Brazil World Cup Subscription Required

    10 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

    Brazil’s World Cup experiences can teach Qatar valuable lessons on how to host its event in 2022

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