Economics & Policy
Iraqi insurgents are targeting the country's main northern pipeline, undermining efforts to rehabilitate and grow the hydrocarbons sector.
Syria's civil war has halved this year's wheat harvest.
Saudi Arabia is instituting a program to protect the wages of employees at large firms and all private schools.
The IMF is refusing to enter loan negotiations with Egypt until the de facto government gains international recognition.
Banking & Finance
The Qatari and Kuwaiti sovereign wealth funds are rumored to be eyeing a stake in Lloyds Banking Group, a major British financial institution.
Companies & Business
State-owned Middle East Airlines has frozen dealings with other Lebanese state institutions over a financial dispute.