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Iran oil minister says oil price drop a political plot

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh said the continuing slide in the price of oil is a political plot, the ministry's news agency Shana reported.   "The prolongation

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Iranian leader demands end to 'militarisation politics'

Iranian reformist leader Mostafa Taj Zada has called on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to put an "end to Iran's militarisation politics". In his latest letter addressed to the supreme leader, he criticised what he

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Shell's $13bn Qatar-China refinery JV shelved

An 8.3 billion pound ($13 billion) project to build a refinery and petrochemical plant in eastern China involving Royal Dutch Shell and Qatar Petroleum has been shelved after losing political support, the Telegraph newspaper reported, citing s

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Constitutional tweaks may revive Mubarak-era voting

Changes suggested by Egypt's army-backed rulers would scrap Islamic additions to a constitution forced through under deposed President Mohamed Mursi and revive a voting system dating back to his predecessor Hosni Mubarak. Isla

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Bahrain could see more women contesting polls

More Bahraini women could stand in next year's parliamentary and municipal council elections amid growing confidence from voters, according to a new study. A growing numbers of female constituents are prepared to elect women t

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Loyal banks, diaspora help Lebanon ride out turmoil

Lebanon's politics are descending into sectarian conflict and its economy is starved of investment. But its sovereign bonds are steady, foreign reserves are holding up and there is no sign of serious pressure on its currency.

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Egyptian exports start to boom despite politics

Egypt is in the early stages of an export boom, suggesting its economy could begin to recover in the next few months if a minimum level of political stability is restored. Helped by a falling Egyptian pound, non-oil exports have g

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Egypt minister wants Brothers in politics, not arms

The Muslim Brotherhood should be part of Egypt's political future and must stop inciting violence, the country's foreign minister said on Sunday, a day after the group accused security forces of killing 72 of its supporters in the street

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Political instability erodes Tunisia's economy gains

  Political instability in Tunisia looks set to slow growth of its economy this year just as business was starting to recover strongly from the turmoil following the 2011 revolution.   The economy g

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Politicians fight as Egypt economic cliff looms

  Two years after a pro-democracy uprising, Egypt resembles a rickety bus rolling towards a cliff, its passengers too busy feuding over blame to wrench the steering wheel to safety.   Foreign exchan

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