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  • JERUSALEM/ PARIS, June 8- Orange's CEO Stephane Richard has accepted an invitation from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Israel as he tries to end a diplomatic row sparked by his remarks about ending a licensing deal there. Israel protested to France after Richard said last week the 25 percent state-owned group planned to terminate an arrangement...

  • JERUSALEM, June 7- Orange's CEO Stephane Richard should come to Israel to explain his "hostile" remarks about ending the telecom company's licensing deal in the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted as saying on Sunday. Israel protested to France after Richard said last week the 25 percent state-owned group planned to terminate an arrangement...

  • Orange says plans to expand in North Africa Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 9:17 AM ET

    Stephane Richard said at a news conference in the Egyptian capital Cairo that the expansion would be through new operations in Tunisia and Morocco.

  • Why Jordan is investing in alternative energy Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 7:00 PM ET
    Why Jordan is investing in alternative energy

    Jordan's economy faces many challenges - including high numbers of refugees and energy needs - says King Abdullah II of Jordan. But the Kingdom is taking steps to address them.

  • Egypt's ousted President Morsi sentenced to death Saturday, 16 May 2015 | 6:06 AM ET
    Change is in the air: demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square

    An Egyptian court sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi to death over his part in a mass prison break in 2011.

  • *Iran- allied Houthi forces accept truce to let in aid. *UAE welcomes move, hopes they won't act as Iran proxy. CAIRO/ ADEN, May 10- Yemen's dominant Houthi group accepted a five-day humanitarian ceasefire proposed by its adversary Saudi Arabia on Sunday but said it would respond to any violations of the pause.

  • Will Indonesia's Mideast maid ban backfire? Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 10:08 PM ET
    Indonesian activists protest against the death penalty, in response to the execution of 2 Indonesian maids in Saudi Arabia.

    Indonesia has imposed a ban on any more of its domestic helpers from working in 21 Middle Eastern countries, but will the move backfire?

  • *CEO Mike Coupe found guilty of embezzlement by Egypt court. Chief Executive Mike Coupe attended a court hearing in Giza last Sunday to try to overturn the conviction which related to the collapse of an Egyptian business which Sainsbury's had invested in over a decade ago. "We are aware of media coverage today outlining a legal case in Egypt brought against our...

  • *Yemen faces mounting humanitarian crisis. LONDON, April 27- Yemen is facing mounting problems bringing in food by sea as the danger from fighting between Houthis and government supporters is exacerbated by an arms blockade by Saudi-led coalition navies searching ships for weapons destined for the rebels. The Arabian peninsula's poorest country, Yemen...

  • CAIRO, April 26- Egypt's currency black market, a thorn in the side of successive governments, has virtually disappeared in the past two months following a central bank crackdown. The black market had flourished as a slump in tourism and investment since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011 limited supply of hard currency-- undermining an image of relative...

  • The trade, known as Alexandria, is at the heart of a scandal that rocked Monte dei Paschi in 2012 just as it was being hit hard by the euro zone debt crisis. The bank emerged as the weakest lender in a Europe- wide review of lenders last year and has been told by the European Central Bank to close the Alexandria trade because its exposure to Nomura breaches regulatory...

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 5 Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    CAIRO- Central Bank of Egypt holds Monetary Policy Committee Meeting- 0100 GMT. BANGKOK- Bank of Thailand holds Monetary Policy Committee meeting. MOSCOW- Central Bank of Russia announces interest rate decision- 1000 GMT.

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 4 Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- World Bank President Jim Yong Kim speaks at the global philanthropy forum- 1500 GMT. CAIRO- Central Bank of Egypt holds Monetary Policy Committee Meeting- 0100 GMT. BANGKOK- Bank of Thailand holds Monetary Policy Committee meeting.

  • Dubai counting on security, money, international links. Dubai is launching a drive to become one of the Arab world's top centres for art, design, film and fashion- areas that have traditionally been dominated by old Arab cities outside the Gulf. But Dubai has advantages which the old cities can find it hard to provide: security, cosmopolitan lifestyles and...

  • MILAN, April 10- Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena said on Friday it had overstepped regulatory limits with regards to its financial exposure to Japanese bank Nomura, in a surprise disclosure that could raise questions about whether the Italian lender's plans to raise capital and seek a buyer are on track. Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Italy's third largest...

  • Bad to worse: ISIS brings fight to Syrian capital Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 3:07 PM ET
    Syrian opposition forces use tunnels as shelter from air attacks in Damascus, Syria, April 5, 2015.

    The arrival of ISIS in Syria's capital threatens Syria's government and brings the group closer to some of the region's last stable countries.

  • SANAA, April 7- Warplanes from a Saudi-led air coalition on Tuesday bombed a military base in central Yemen controlled by Houthi fighters and their army allies, and a website of the Houthi-run defence ministry said two students were killed at a neighbouring school. Military sources said five bombs were dropped on the Republican Guard base near the city of Ibb,...

  • ADEN, April 6- Southern Yemeni militias backed by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition attacked Houthi fighters across several provinces in south Yemen on Monday, driving the Shi'ite rebel forces from some of their positions, witnesses and militia sources said. The fighting has killed hundreds of people, cut off water and electricity supplies and led the...

  • Relief from outside appeared distant as the International Committee of the Red Cross told Reuters that it had yet to arrange a flight to deliver 48 tons of medical supplies despite gaining Saudi approval for the aid on Saturday night. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which for days blamed the Saudi-led coalition for delays, told Reuters on Monday...

  • Street fighting and heavy shelling has for several days torn through the city, the last bastion of support for Saudi-backed president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Relief from outside appeared distant as the International Committee of the Red Cross told Reuters that it had yet to arrange a flight to deliver 48 tons of medical supplies despite gaining Saudi...