Poverty in Lebanon
Poverty in Lebanon has 'drastically increased' over the past year and now affects about 74 percent of the population, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) said on Friday.
Total energy company [LightRocket/Getty]
The company will start with an initial investment of $10 billion, CEO Patrick Pouyanne said at the signing ceremony, adding that engineering work will start "immediately".
Small-business owners and merchants are struggling to make ends meet since the Taliban's return to power last month, with many already talking of closing shop and trying their luck outside the country.
City of London
UK banks have been warned to stay alert to criminal operations involving money laundering and financing terrorism following the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan and the withdrawal of US and NATO forces.
Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are still waiting for 4G mobile coverage, which is common throughout the world.
Russia called on the US to release Afghan central bank reserves that Washington blocked after the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan
Saudi oil minister Khalid al-Falih - Getty
Saudi Arabia's Investment Minister Khalid al-Falih was in Oman to discuss boosting economic ties.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Washington can keep giving aid to Afghanistan without this going 'through the coffers of a central government'.
The International Monetary Fund has allocated $857 million to Sudan, the central bank said on Thursday.
A World Bank official expressed 'deep concern' over Afghanistan's development prospects 'especially for women' [Getty]
The World Bank has suspended all aid to Afghanistan, saying it was "deeply concerned" by the situation there following the Taliban takeover.