Economics and Policy
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday dismissed a charm offensive by Iran's new president as a ruse concocted by a "wolf in sheep's clothing," and declared that Israel was ready to stand alone to deny Tehran an atomic weapon.
Egypt’s economy will only grow 2.6 percent in the fiscal year ending June 2014, well below the 3.5 percent the government expects to achieve, according to a new poll.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has weighed in on the row over worker abuses in Qatar, saying the state "must do better" after an investigation by a UK newspaper exposed an alarming number of foreign workers dying in the runup to the 2022 World Cup.
Companies and Business
Islamic banks in the Gulf's rich Arab oil exporters are likely to keep growing faster than conventional banks, but their advantage in profitability is disappearing, according to a study released on Tuesday.
Qatar has again ranked as the top financial centre in the Middle East, according to to the latest Global Financial Centre Index.
The head of Investment Development Authority of Lebanon has said that he expects foreign direct investments to the country would fall by 21 percent in 2013, as the political stalemate and spillover of the Syrian crisis were scaring off potential investors.
The head of the European Club Association (ECA), a body which represents Europe’s top football clubs, has been fined over a third of a million dollars by tax authorities for failing to declare two Rolex watches worth around £84,000 ($136,000) when he was searched by customs officials after returning from a trip to Doha funded by the FIFA World Cup 2022 hosts.