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Stories written by Peter Mulvany

Egypt: ‘President Trump requested U.S. charity worker’s release’ US diplomat

A U.S. diplomat in Washington has revealed to London-based Qatari “The New Arab” that President Donald Trump has intervened in the release of US charity worker Aya Hijazi arrested nearly three years ago in Egypt for child abuse and human trafficking. The diplomat who spoke under condition of anonymity told the Qatari media that the […]

April 20th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

World Bank Expects 2.6 % Growth in 2017 in MENA region

The economies in the region of North Africa & Middle East will grow by 2.6 percent in 2017, down from 3.5 pc posted in 2016, according to the World Bank’s semi-annual MENA Economic Monitor report. But after 2017, thanks to the reforms engaged, the situation is expected to improve slightly and growth could exceed 3 […]

April 20th, 2017 | Posted in Finance,Headlines | Read More »

Turkey: Parliament extends state of emergency till July

Turkey’s parliament extended the state of emergency by three months on Tuesday but the opposition is crying foul play. Ozturk Yilmaz, Deputy Chair responsible for foreign relations of the Republican People’s Party’s (CHP), alleged that it is an attempt by the government to “curb the freedom of expression, all freedom of assembly, to squeeze public […]

April 19th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

PM Chahed: Tunisian Economy growing but fragile

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has assured dismayed Tunisians that the economy is on its path to revival with growth registered in the tourism, a good agricultural season expected while the production of phosphate has also increased. His statement on state television on late Sunday night was in response to the demonstrations led by youths in […]

April 18th, 2017 | Posted in Finance,Headlines | Read More »

Erdogan Won the Referendum, but Turkey still Divided over the Results

Amid the contestations from the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) regarding Sunday’s constitutional referendum, Turkey’s Central Election Committee (CEC) declared that the ‘Yes’ vote won the polls with 51.3% thereby paving the way for the 19 amendments that provide sweeping powers to the president to be adopted. The results were received with mixed feelings in […]

April 17th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

China wants Palestine’s unfair historical injustice corrected, FM Wang Yi

China has highlighted the need for an end to the “historical injustice” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the hope that it would bring peace to the turbulent region. Speaking in Beijing at a joint press conference with the visiting Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the injustice “can […]

April 14th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Iran Presidential Election: Ahmadinejad back to Business

Registration for the presidential elections in Iran began this week and former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was at the Interior ministry to register as a candidate. He had ruled Iran from 2005 to 2013 but his reelection in 2009 was marred with violent protests as the results were contested. Last year, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei […]

April 12th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Gas Imports: We are “interdependent”, EU tells Algeria

Algeria’s energy minister, Nourredine Boutarfa, met with European Union’s Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete in Brussels to discuss energy matters with the latter assuring that Europe “will remain the main customer for Algeria” even though most long-term gas accords are ending between 2018 and 2019. Canete highlighted the advantages for Europe to continue […]

April 12th, 2017 | Posted in Energy,Headlines | Read More »

Lebanon: Electoral law on the balance over proportionality

Lawmaker Qassem Hashem is optimistic that an agreement for the much awaited electoral law that would lead to the parliamentary elections could be reached on Thursday because “everyone now accepts the necessity to adopt proportionality.” He is convinced that “the position of House Speaker Nabih Berri and all the political components is to preserve stability […]

April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Morocco Part of British Council “Future Leaders Connect” Program

The British Council has launched a new program dubbed “Future Leaders Connect”, a global network for emerging policy leaders in many countries around the world including Morocco. The program enables beneficiaries to develop leadership skills to make effective, positive policy change in their home country and beyond. “Future Leaders Connect”  offers its members the opportunity […]

April 10th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

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