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  • The Middle East and North Africa have the world's highest rate of youth unemployment, with 29.5 percent, up two percentage point from over a decade ago, according to the International Labor Organization. Citing figures by the International Monetary Fund, he said the gender gap in the Middle East is three times bigger than that in most developing economies.

  • Shake Shack extends run on "chicken shack" talk Friday, 22 May 2015 | 2:04 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shake Shack's shares surged to another record high Friday, fueled in part by speculation that the hamburger chain could be thinking about dishing out chicken. Last month, a unit apparently tied to Shake Shack's parent company applied to trademark the words "Chicken Shack" for chicken sandwiches. Earlier this month, Shake Shack Inc. reported...

  • NEW YORK, May 22- Global equity markets dipped modestly Friday but remained near record highs, while the yield on U.S. government debt rose as a gain in core consumer prices in April should keep the Federal Reserve on course to raise interest rates later this year. Fed Chair Janet Yellen is expected to acknowledge recent sluggishness in the U.S. economy, including a...

  • *Gaza's economic output contracted 15 percent in 2014. JERUSALEM, May 22- Gaza's economy is in a worse state than any other in the world, with unemployment at a global high, output contracting sharply and the long-term prospects worrying, the World Bank said on Friday. "Blockades, war and poor governance have strangled Gaza's economy and the unemployment rate is now...

  • *Islamic State advances in Iraq, Syria raise supply worries. LONDON, May 22- Oil prices slipped on Friday as worries over the impact of war in the Middle East on crude supplies were outweighed by reports of profit-taking ahead of a long weekend. "No one wants to hold open positions ahead of a long weekend so books are being squared, bringing some consolidation," said...

  • *Islamic State advances in Iraq, Syria raise supply worries. LONDON, May 22- Oil prices steadied on Friday as worries over the impact on crude supplies of war in the Middle East were balanced by reports of profit-taking ahead of a long weekend. "No one wants to hold open positions ahead of a long weekend so books are being squared, bringing some consolidation," said...

  • *Coming up: Baker Hughes weekly U.S. rig data. SINGAPORE, May 22- Oil prices edged down on Friday after rising more than 2 percent in the previous session, buoyed by lower U.S. crude inventories and geopolitical tension in the Middle East. West Texas Intermediate for July delivery was at $60.61 a barrel by 0452 GMT, down 11 cents on the day but poised to post gains for the...

  • NEW YORK, May 22- As the United States raced over the past five years toward becoming a global petroleum powerhouse, the world's biggest oil exporter Saudi Arabia quietly seized a market milestone from America: the largest source of peak summer demand. From June through August, when temperatures in Riyadh routinely rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, Saudi...

  • Oil edges down but WTI set for record 10th week of gains Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 10:50 PM ET

    *Coming up: Baker Hughes weekly U.S. rig data. SINGAPORE, May 22- Oil prices edged down on Friday after rising more than 2 percent in the previous session, buoyed by lower U.S. crude inventories and geopolitical tension in the Middle East. July Brent crude fell 23 cents to $66.31 a barrel by 0246 GMT after closing up 2.3 percent on Thursday.

  • *Islamic State fighters have scored twin successes in Syria and Iraq, taking full control of the historic Syrian city of Palmyra and overrunning Iraqi government defences east of Ramadi on Thursday. *Islamic State militants have seized the last border crossing between Syria and Iraq controlled by the Syrian government, a Syrian human rights group said on...

  • *Islamic State attacks in Iraq lend further support. NEW YORK, May 21- Oil prices jumped more than 2 percent on Thursday, giving Brent its biggest rally in more than a week, as draws reported in the Cushing delivery point for U.S. crude futures boosted optimism that a supply glut was easing. Fighting in Iraq that raised worries about the security of Middle East oil...

  • *Islamic State attacks in Iraq add further support to prices. NEW YORK, May 21- Oil prices jumped almost 3 percent Thursday, giving Brent its biggest rally in more than a week, as draws reported in the Cushing delivery point for U.S. crude futures boosted optimism that a supply glut was easing. Fighting in Iraq that raised worries about the security of Middle East...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on two firms based in Iraq and in the United Arab Emirates for helping Iran purchase second-hand civilian aircraft. Treasury said the sanctions applied to Iraq- based Al-Naser Airlines as well as UAE- based Sky Blue Bird Aviation for providing support to Iranian airline Mahan Air.

  • NEW DELHI, May 21- India's central bank is working to liberalize its foreign exchange rules to make it easier to do business with Asia's third-largest economy, Deputy Governor H.R. Khan said on Thursday, a step that could support flagging exports. "We have got a positive response from the RBI and it could soon issue directions to banks," said S.C. Ralhan, president of...

  • KITTEH, Jordan— Fawziyeh Sharif and dozens of other young women who make jeans for the U.S. market in a factory in this village in northern Jordan consider themselves lucky— even though they spend 48 hours a week bent over sewing machines for minimum wage. The problem has been debated by regional decision-makers for years, but has taken on even greater urgency with...

  • JOHANNESBURG, May 21- South Africa's biggest private hospital group Mediclinic International reported a sharp slowdown in earnings growth on Thursday as regulations squeezed the profit margin of its Swiss unit. Mediclinic said its Hirslanden unit, the largest private hospital network in Switzerland, was hit by an adjustment of the national outpatient...

  • King Abdullah: Jordan adapting to challenges   Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 6:43 AM ET
    King Abdullah: Jordan adapting to challenges

    In a rare one-on-one interview, CNBC's Hadley Gamble talks with King Abdullah of Jordan about the many challenges facing his country, including a large refugee population; exploring alternative energy sources, including electric cars, and why he expects the Baghdad-Amman trade corridor to re-open as early as this summer.

  • *Islamic State attacks in Iraq support prices. LONDON, May 21- Oil rose towards $66 a barrel on Thursday, gaining for a second day, supported by expectations that a global supply glut is starting to ease and by fighting in Iraq. "Brent is getting a bit of impetus from the threat Islamic State is posing in Iraq," said Christopher Bellew, senior broker at Jefferies Bache.

  • *Islamic State attacks in Iraq support prices. LONDON, May 21- Oil rose further above $65 a barrel on Thursday, gaining for a second day, supported by expectations that a global supply glut is starting to ease and by fighting in Iraq. "Brent is getting a bit of impetus from the threat Islamic State is posing in Iraq," said Christopher Bellew, senior broker at Jefferies...

  • May 21- The Kuala Lumpur- based Islamic Financial Services Board is preparing guidelines for Islamic capital market products, retakaful and stress testing, as the industry body tightens oversight of market practices. IFSB guidelines allow national financial regulators to have the final say on how they apply standards, but its prescriptive approach is...