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Egypt-Israel gas-dipsute near resolution

Israel’s energy minister said on Sunday that an arbitration case with Egypt over a defunct natural gas deal could be solved in the coming months, but that the issue was not holding back cooperation in the sector. In 2015, the International Chamber of Commerce ordered Egypt to pay state-owned Israel …

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Sudanese protestors oust defence minister

Sudan’s defense minister stepped down abruptly on Friday as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council after only a day in the post, as protesters demanded quicker political change following President Omar al-Bashir’s ouster by the armed forces. Hours after the military council sought to calm public anger by …

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Sudan protesters say no to military transition plan

Sudan’s main protest organizing group on Friday rejected the transitional military council promise to set up a civilian government and hand over power to an elected president within two years. “Our demands are clear, just and legitimate, but the coupists (the regime’s security committee)… are not capable of creating change, …

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UPDATE – Bashir gone, ousted by military

President Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan in autocratic style for 30 years, was on Thursday overthrown and arrested in a coup by the armed forces. In an address on state television, Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, announced a two-year period of military rule to be followed by presidential …

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Sudan’s Bashir rumoured to be leaving

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was forced to step down by the military on Thursday after three decades of autocratic power, and moves were under way to form a transitional council to run the country, Sudanese sources said. Government sources and the minister of production and economic resources in North Darfur, …

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Sudanese army protecting protests against security forces

Sudanese soldiers intervened to protect demonstrators on Monday after security forces tried to break up a protest by thousands of anti-government demonstrators camping outside the Defence Ministry in central Khartoum, witnesses and activists said. They said that riot police and secret service personnel charged the demonstrators with pickup trucks while …

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Sudan suffers blackout during protests

Sudan suffered a total power blackout on Sunday, the ministry of electricity and water said. The ministry gave no explanation for the blackout, but said in a statement that engineers and technicians were trying to restore power. It added that more information would be provided later. Source: Reuters

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Sudanese protests reach presidential palace

Sudanese security forces fired tear gas to try to disperse thousands of demonstrators converged on President Omar al-Bashir’s residence in Khartoum on Saturday, in what appeared the largest protest for his ouster yet, witnesses said. Regular protests against Bashir’s nearly 30 years in office began in December. Saturday’s protest was …

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Kuwait gets okay from IMF consultation team

The International Monetary Fund, IMF, Executive Board has announced that it concluded the 2019 Article IV consultation with Kuwait. Proceedings saw discussions on the Financial System Stability Assessment, FSSA, of Kuwait and concluded on 25th March. According to the IMF, growth has resumed in Kuwait, and the current account rebounded …

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Egyptian minimum wage rises for all

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has raised the minimum wage to 2,000 Egyptian pounds ($115.74) a month from 1,200, he said at an event on Saturday celebrating women. He indicated the raise would apply to all Egyptian workers. Source: Reuters

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Brazilian import on rise in Arab world

A total of $1.22 billion worth of Brazilian products were imported into Arab countries during February this year, a 7 percent increase from $1.14 billion posted over the same period in 2018, revealed the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC). According to ABCC senior officials, the top Brazilian imports to …

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Other Gulf states condemn Trump move

Four Gulf Arab states on Tuesday rejected a U.S. decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, with Riyadh warning the move would hurt the peace process and affect regional stability. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait – all regional allies of Washington that host American troops – criticized …

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Oman investing in Sri Lankan oil

Oman’s oil minister arrived in Sri Lanka on Saturday to participate in the launching of a $3.85 billion oil refinery project, government officials in Colombo said, three days after Oman said it had not yet agreed to invest in the facility. The arrival of Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhy could …

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Robot jockeys in Egyptian camel races

Remote-controlled robot jockeys lined up at a major camel racing festival in northeastern Egypt, as owners came under pressure from campaigns to stop using child riders. Organizers fielded around 20 robots – child-sized devices with a whipping arm that can be triggered at a distance – alongside dozens of real …

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Female protestors to be lashed and imprisoned in Sudan

Nine female Sudanese protesters were sentenced on Saturday to 20 lashes and one month in prison for rioting, the Democratic Alliance of Lawyers said, a day after President Omar al-Bashir ordered the release of all women detained in anti-government demonstrations. Bashir declared a state of emergency last month that produced …

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Kuwait happy with current rate of oil prices

Kuwait’s Oil Minister Khalid al-Fadhil said current oil prices are good for producers and consumers, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai reported on Sunday. Al Rai cited al-Fadhil saying “current oil prices are good for producers and consumers, as consumer countries see that a price between $60-70 is a good price for everyone.” …

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Sudanese president releases female protesters on Women’s Day

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir on International Women’s Day on Friday ordered the release of all women arrested in connection with anti-government demonstrations, hours after protesters marched in the two largest cities. Sudan has seen near-daily protests against Bashir since Dec. 19. The demonstrations were triggered by price increases and cash …

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Sudan protests spinning out of control

Hundreds of protesters chanted anti-government slogans after leaving prayers at a major mosque near Sudan’s capital on Friday, drawing tear-gas volleys from police, eyewitnesses said. The demonstration in the city of Omdurman, which started outside Al-Sayed Abd al-Rahman al-Mahdi mosque that has ties to the opposition Umma party, was the …

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Qatar sells $12 billion worth of debt

Qatar sold $12 billion in bonds on Wednesday, and drew around $50 billion in demand – the largest order book globally since its bond sale last year and the latest indication of how the country has overcome a boycott imposed by some of its Arab neighbors. The debt sale, split …

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UAE Federal National Council, insists Palestinian issue is top Arab cause

Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council, FNC, stated that the Palestinian issue remains the leading Arab cause, despite all internal and external concerns. The Palestinian cause is going through a historic juncture, and is facing a fateful challenge that requires solidarity, cooperation and serious work …

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Sudan’s Al-Mahdi calls on Bashir to step down

Sudan’s main opposition party leader Sadiq al-Mahdi on Saturday called on President Omar al-Bashir to step down and sit with the opposition to agree on details of a transitional process to end the nation’s crisis, a statement from his party said. “You can achieve a safe exit for the country …

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