Saturday 20 September 2014

Egypt must cut red tape to win investors in Suez canal

Egypt must strip back bureaucracy to attract investment in its planned second Suez canal and bring in new laws making it easier for companies to get licences and land, a legal firm linked to the project said. Egypt plans to build the new canal alongside the existing 145-year-old


Peace activists sign key pact in South Korea

A key agreement has been in South Korea by representatives of 172 nations, including Bahrain, in a bid to end war and establish world peace. The Unity of Religion Agreement, put forward as part of the three-day Summit for the World Alliance of Religions in Seoul, acts as a pledge


Social media 'a crucial link' for parliamentarians

Parliamentarians from across the Arab world have been urged to engage more with their electorate through the use of social media. The call came from the opening session of the Third Annual Arab Parliaments' Association of General Secretaries Conference, which concludes today


Bahrain warns Qatar over citizenship policy

Qatar has been warned that Bahrain would be forced to take action if it continued its provocative policies. Interior Minister Lieutenant-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa was commenting on the general resentment towards Qatar's policy of offering Qatari citizenship


Saudi council to consider tax on unused urban land

Saudi Arabia's Supreme Economic Council, a top policy body chaired by King Abdullah, will study whether to tax undeveloped urban land as part of efforts to end a serious housing shortage in the world's top oil exporter. Many less well-off Saudis cannot buy their homes or


Russia, Egypt seal arms deal worth $3.5bn

Russia and Egypt have reached a preliminary deal for Cairo to buy arms worth $3.5 billion from Moscow, Interfax news agency quoted the head of a Russian state arms agency as saying on Wednesday. Speaking during an arms trade exhibition in South Africa, the head of the Federal Ser


Bahrain unveils watchdog rights report

Bahrain’s main rights watchdog opened up its records to share its annual report with envoys from around the world. The National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR) met a host of ambassadors at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Manama, where copies of the report were made available


Qatar rejects accusation it sent weapons to Libya

Qatar has denied an accusation by Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni that it sent three military aircraft loaded with weapons to a Tripoli airport controlled by an armed opposition group. In a statement to Qatar's news agency (QNA), Assistant Foreign Minister for Foreig


Terror funding clamp in focus at Bahrain summit

Blocking financial funding of an extremist organisation threatening the region will be the focus of a major conference to be hosted by Bahrain. Foreign Affairs Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said it was essential to draw up an action plan in three areas - military, f


Life sentence for Brotherhood leader Badie

An Egyptian court sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood's top official Mohamed Badie and 14 others to life in jail on Monday on charges of murder and inciting violence during a protest near Cairo last year. The session had been designated for witness statements to be heard but the

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