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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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500 Migrants Drowned At Sea, No One Investigated

By Stephen Grey and Amina Ismail ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Dec 6  – At around 2 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, a large blue fishing boat carrying hundreds of African migrants and their children capsized just off the coast of Egypt. Some drowned quickly. Others thrashed in the water, yelling for help in Arabic, Somali or Afan

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MENA Transfer Pricing in a Post BEPS World

By Istina Delivan Historically, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been perceived as a region where taxation and transfer pricing initiatives are not high up on government agendas. Although this has been the case for a significant period of time, recent changes in the region such as decreases in global oil prices

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Protests Erupt in Morocco After Fishmonger Crushed to Death

By Aziz El Yaakoubi RABAT, Oct 30 – Thousands of outraged Moroccans held protests in several cities on Sunday after a fishmonger in the northern town of Al-Hoceima was crushed to death inside a garbage truck as he tried to retrieve fish confiscated by police. The death on Friday prompted a frenzy of angry postings

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Morocco says Arrests 10 Suspected Female Daesh Militants

RABAT, Oct 3 – Morocco has dismantled a suspected Daesh militant cell and arrested 10 women believed to be planning attacks in the North African kingdom, the Interior Ministry said on Monday. It was the latest in a series of militant cells Morocco says it has broken up, but it is the first time authorities

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MENA Soft Power

Meet the region’s leading female politicians BY Leila Hatoum and Bilal Aziz  Germany, Europe’s largest economy, is led by a woman—Angela Merkel. The United States may just elect its first ever female president, Democrat-nominee Hillary Clinton, who has gained further support on the ground according to recent polls. Many people from the Middle East, especially women, wonder if

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New Tunisian Premier Tries to Break Economic Reform Curse

By Tarek Amara TUNIS, Aug 10 – Tunisia has gone through five prime ministers in as many years since its revolution, each pushing a widely-praised transition to democracy. None, though, has made much progress in building the economic stability and opportunity that young Tunisians demand. Now the sixth post-uprising premier, French-educated technocrat Youssef Chahed, is

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Sahrawis, Officials Pay Tribute to Western Sahara Leader

By Hamid Ould Ahmed RABONI, Algeria, June 4 – Chanting slogans for independence, hundreds of Sahrawi people joined diplomats and government officials in southern Algerian camps to pay their respects to Western Sahara independence leader Mohamed Abdelaziz who died this week after illness. Abdelaziz, 68, will be buried on Saturday. On Friday his coffin arrived

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