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"Tunisia faces two immediate challenges: saving lives and livelihoods until the pandemic wanes, and starting to bring economic imbalances back to a sustainable trajectory."

Sudan has faced a severe economic crisis, worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.

UN announces talks on new Syria constitution

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UN announces talks on new Syria constitution

Geir Pedersen has announced that the Constitutional Committee will resume talks in an effort to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

Biden's Treasury pick takes stand against China trade abuses

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Biden's Treasury pick takes stand against China trade abuses

President-elect Joe Biden's pick to lead the US Treasury said the US will work to combat China's "abusive" trade practices.

Syria temporarily cuts supplies of fuel to meet shortages

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Syria temporarily cuts supplies of fuel to meet shortages

Long lines have formed outside of gas stations and bakeries as the government rationed what it has, further deepening the crunch felt by Syrians.

Paul McLoughlin

2021 could be even worse for the Middle East

Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria are the countries most at risk according to the IRC Emergency Watchlist for 2021.

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UAE pledges to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent

The ruler of Dubai has submitted an ambitious plan to cut the UAE’s emission by a quarter by 2030 and implement a host of cleaner energy ...

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Lebanon government says it can only afford six-months subsidies

Many Lebanese rely on government subsidies to afford basic goods.

Steffen Hertog

The case for an Arabian Universal Basic Income

Comment: While a generous UBI remains unaffordable in western countries, in MENA oil states it could offer a way to reform welfare and an ...

Libyan oil flows resume, along with a revenues feud

Guma El-Gamaty

Libyan oil flows resume, along with a revenues feud

Comment: A resolution to Libya's enduring conflict will require resolving how oil revenues are distributed, writes Guma El-Gamaty.

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Lebanese government to keep bread subsidy, pledges alternative plan

Ministers agreed in a meeting on Tuesday draft a plan to help cut spending while maintaining support for some basic goods.

UK minister urges action over Lebanon food insecurity

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UK minister urges action over Lebanon food insecurity

The Foreign Office minister for the Middle East has called on Lebanese officials to implement reforms in order to avoid a disaster.

Iran closes businesses, curtails travel amid virus surge

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Iran closes businesses, curtails travel amid virus surge

The new lockdown measures, which include shuttering most businesses, shops, malls, and restaurants, include Iran’s largest cities of Mashhad, ...

Bankrupt Syria builds museum for Bashar Al-Assad's deceased brother

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Bankrupt Syria builds museum for Bashar Al-Assad's deceased brother

A huge museum to Basel Al-Assad, the Syrian ruler's brother who died in 1994.

Frantic search after medicines vanish from Lebanon shelves

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Frantic search after medicines vanish from Lebanon shelves

Medicine in Lebanon is going missing, as the country struggles under the weight of covid-19.

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Assad blames Lebanese banking controls for Syria’s economic crisis

Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad has blamed Syria’s deepening economic crisis on capital controls imposed by Lebanese banks, saying that billions of dollars in deposits have been lost.

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Cash-strapped Oman expected to impose unprecedented income tax

Oman is set to introduce an income tax on high earners starting in 2021, potentially becoming the first-ever GCC state to do so.

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Lebanon marks first anniversary of protest movement

It has been one year since the protests erupted in Lebanon, and the coronavirus pandemic has paused the movement.

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Lebanon sets grim record of daily coronavirus cases: 1,550

Lebanon's covid-19 cases have shot up, prompting concern from authorities as the country still reels from the Beirut explosion which destroyed ...

Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah dies age 91

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Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah dies age 91

Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah died on Tuesday, aged 91.

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Sudan foreign aid deal to give cash to poor

Sudanese families will benefit from almost $190 million in direct financial aid, authorities said on Monday.

IMF to monitor Sudan economic reform programme

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IMF to monitor Sudan economic reform programme

Sudan reached out to the IMF staff to monitor its reform to establish a "strong track record" of policy and reform implementation – a key ...

Greece to buy new planes, frigates amid Turkey tensions

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Greece to buy new planes, frigates amid Turkey tensions

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that the time had come to reinforce Greece's armed forces "as a legacy to the security of the country".

Cooperate on climate or 'we will be doomed': UN

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Cooperate on climate or 'we will be doomed': UN

World powers must come together for the sake of the global climate, or else humanity is 'doomed', warned UN chief Antonio Guterres.

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