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School rooms for everyone

©Amelia Johnson Desk work: Sunny Varkey keeps in touch with the ‘front line’ by regularly dropping into schools unannounced and talking to parents In the library of Wellington International School,…

Morocco feels heat from fiscal demands

Morocco, long upheld as the stable, business-friendly exception to north Africa’s general economic stagnation and political tumult, has begun to rattle economists and its own elite with its deteriorating public…

White House unveils new Iran sanctions

©AFP The Obama administration has imposed sanctions on Iran’s currency for the first time, saying it wanted to make the rial “unusable outside Iran,” in an attempt to further ratchet…

China plans multimillion Ethiopia investment

©Panos Helen Hai, head of overseas investment for Huajian and CEO of the Chinese shoe factory in Ethiopia Huajian, one of the largest shoe exporters in China, is planning a…

Assad says Russia to honour arms deals

Bashar al-Assad, Syrian president, said on Thursday that Russia was fulfilling its weapons contracts to his government, but did not specify whether a controversial missile system had been delivered. Lebanon’s…

Iraq at centre of internal Opec debates

Iraq at centre of internal Opec debates

As Opec ministers filter into Vienna for the twice-yearly meeting of the oil cartel, most are expecting a meeting of nuance rather than headlines. Barring a last-minute U-turn, Opec is…

Egypt urged to rethink energy policy

Egyptians are girding themselves for a long, hot summer with electricity outages hitting every part of the country. As the temperature goes up, so will usage of millions of air-conditioning…

Labour unrest threatens UAE construction

The return of labour unrest in the United Arab Emirates is a reminder of potential pitfalls as the country embarks on a renewed construction drive. Workers at a leading contractor,…

IMF calls for more Middle East reforms

The IMF has reiterated calls for economic reform across the Middle East and North Africa as states in political transition after the Arab spring struggle to maintain economic stability and…

Hague hints at veto of Syria arms ban

©PA William Hague, foreign secretary, declared on Monday that Britain will veto the renewal of the European Union arms embargo on Syria next week if EU member states block moves…