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Morning briefing: 24 May 2013

Kurdistan pipeline near completion, plus other news

by Executive Staff

Economics and Policy

A controversial pipeline between Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey, which would allow the Kurdish Regional Government to export hydrocarbons without the backing of Baghdad, is almost complete.

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US President Barack Obama has defended his policy of drone strikes in the MIddle East and elsewhere, but has promised to close Guantanamo Bay.

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A senior Palestinian official yesterday expressed pessimism about returning to negotiations with Israel as John Kerry, the US secretary of state, continued his efforts to revive the deadlocked peace process.

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Tunisia is in talks with Qatar over a deposit in Tunis' central bank "with easy conditions" Prime Minister Ali Larayedh said on Thursday.

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Companies and Business

Three Lebanese startup companies have just been given a boost of $1.15 million to expand their operations regionally.

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China's Huawei Technologies Co's Middle East revenue rose 18 percent to $2.08 billion in 2012 and the roll-out of 4G mobile networks and IT outsourcing will be among its main regional growth drivers, the firm said.

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A Fifa World-Cup themed shopping mall in Doha has attracted an “extreme” amount of interest from the region’s biggest retailers, more than two years ahead of its scheduled opening.

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