Economics and policy
The price of oil fell on Monday as traders concerned about global energy demand took profits ahead of economic data from China and the United States.
Elsewhere on Monday, Gold rose –extending its gains after its strongest week in a month, as the dollar slipped and European stock markets steadied, while physical buying remained strong in Asia.
The economy in Lebanon's second city of Tripoli is rapidly deteriorating, local business associations have warned, as they reiterated calls for calm to be restored following another wave of clashes in the northern city.
The opposition Syrian National Coalition is on the brink of collapse after five days of fractious wrangling.
Kuwait has granted fellow Gulf Arab state Oman $2.5 billion to fund development projects as part of a regional programme initiated in 2011 after protests, Oman's state news agency reported on Monday.
Companies and Business
Qatar Telecom QSC has raised $12 billion to finance its bid for a majority stake in Maroc Telecom SA as it seeks to expand through acquisitions, its chief executive officer said.
Qatar has unveiled plans to build a $5.5 billion island off the coast of Doha with floating hotels to house football fans expected to flock to the country for the World Cup in 2022.