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.
US President Barack Obama has defended his policy of drone strikes in the MIddle East and elsewhere, but has promised to close Guantanamo Bay.
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.
Tunisia is in talks with Qatar over a deposit in Tunis' central bank "with easy conditions" Prime Minister Ali Larayedh said on Thursday.
Companies and Business
Three Lebanese startup companies have just been given a boost of $1.15 million to expand their operations regionally.
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.