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Lebanon on the Brink of a Crisis Again

By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT, May 11 – Lebanon is on the brink of crisis again with its politicians at odds over an election law at the heart of the nation’s sectarian system, threatening to leave the country without a parliament for the first time. Parliament’s term expires on June 20 and without

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Macron’s Win: Sarcasm and Comedy Abound Among Arab Social Media Users

By Leila Hatoum “I am happy that I did not wake up to the news of fear triumphing in France… Good morning optimism #MacronWon #LePenLost,” wrote the famed pan-Arab Lebanese presenter Zeina Soufan on her twitter page the day after the French elections were concluded. سعيدة بأنني لم استيقظ على نبأ انتصار الخوف في فرنسا..صباح الخير

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What Does 2017 Hold for Middle East Investors?

By Ali Janoudi and Simon Smiles In 2017, Middle Eastern investors will confront a world marked by policy shifts and a rising likelihood of reflation. In certain respects, the Middle East itself has also contributed to this trend. Coupled with potential fiscal stimulus in the U.S., OPEC’s decision to cut oil output for the first

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Kuwaiti Sheikh Resigns from FIFA Role Amid Investigation

By Michael Church HONG KONG, May 1 – After almost a decade as one of the game’s main power brokers, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah stepped away from his involvement in world football on Sunday as the U.S Department of Justice probe into FIFA‘s affairs claimed another victim. His decision came after U.S. Court documents

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First look: Pictures of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in UAE

After a somewhat controversial visit to Saudi Arabia that sparked headlines, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi on an official state visit. Merkel was welcomed by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Photos courtesy

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French Middle East Peace Conference to be Postponed: Palestinian Official

RAMALLAH/PARIS Dec 14  – France will postpone a proposed Middle East peace conference in Paris to January next year, Voice of Palestine radio reported on Wednesday, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refusing to participate and U.S. attendance in doubt. France has been trying to persuade Netanyahu, who has repeatedly rejected the conference proposal, to

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Innovative Young Arabs

The region’s youth are creating new opportunities via social media By Jessy El Murr To say that young Arabs today lack serious opportunities would be the understatement of the century. For millions of Arab youth (about 105 million of them), the outlook consistently looks bleaker. This year’s Arab Human Development Report placed the region’s youth

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Business Outlook: Sustainable Energy Finance

Sustainable energy finance is an untapped potential in the MENA region By Mouayed Makhlouf For the people of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), climate change isn’t some abstract concept. It’s happening now. Drought, rising temperature, and dwindling water supplies have already begun to affect the region and, as global temperatures continue to rise, things are

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