Features

U.S. Data Ruins New Year Eve’s Rally

January may not be positive if U.S. data further slips BY NOURELDEEN AL HAMMOURY Despite a positive rally for Crude Oil in the final hours of the last trading session in 2015, where WTI Crude closed higher with a 1.20 percent gain and Brent added a little over 2.25 percent in gains, U.S. and global

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Algeria: What Lies Ahead

Can Algeria weather the current political and economic turbulence? BY Nicholas Noe For years, Africa’s largest country ––a heavyweight energy producer as well as a key regional player––has been regarded by most analysts, Middle East politicians and foreign diplomats as a pillar of stability. In recent history, the Algerian state proved its staying power by

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The New Year In Business

Currencies and central bank decisions may shape the year ahead BY Nour E. Al-Hammoury Looking back at 2015, it’s clear that it’s been one for the history books—for several reasons. Stand-out factors include the release of long-unseen economic data, dwindling oil prices and a sovereign economy that was tested and found wanting, as Greece defaulted

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Terrorism, Death and Bloodshed

RAISING A CANDLE:‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaigners in Nigeria marked the 500th day since the abduction of 270 girls from a school in Chibok in August 2014. Despite a government pledge to get them back, hopes for their rescue appear to dwindle.   Social Streams

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Politics

YEMEN AT WAR:Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi returned from exile after six months, following a Saudi led intervention to stave off Houthi control. Social Streams

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Obituaries

DR ZHIVAGO: Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, whose classic films included “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago”, died on July 10, 2015, aged 83. The actor was Egypt’s—and the world’s—heartthrob for a time, starring opposite Hollywood’s leading ladies. REUTERS     Social Streams

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Science

NEW FRONTIERS: Pluto was photographed by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, 2015. The images were taken from a distance of 11,000 miles (18,000 kilometers) to the planet.       Social Streams

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Googling 2015

Deaths, divorces and destruction dominated much of the region’s online search activity BY ANNA YAZIJYAN As another year draws to a close, the world’s leading search engine, Google, revealed the world’s most searched topics of 2015 in an online report. November’s Paris attacks topped the list with over an unprecedented 897 million searches, while Star

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Across The World

FAMILY GUY: An ethnic Uighur man plays with his grandson in the old district of Kashgar city, in Xinjiang province. China will ease family planning restrictions to allow all couples to have two children after decades of a strict one-child policy, the ruling Communist Party said on October 29, 2015, a move aimed at alleviating

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#Trending: Worldwide Social Media Trends in 2015

As we get ready to move into 2016 with all guns blazing, here’s a quick throwback on what the year looked like on the digital front. These are the topics that concerned you the most in 2015 BY Arfa Shahid #RefugeesWelcome Thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers poured into Europe, primarily from Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan.

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