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Talaat Moustafa Q1 net up 3 pct, hotels help

Talaat Moustafa Group, Egypt’s biggest listed developer, posted a 3.2 percent rise in first-quarter net profit after it recognized more revenue from completed homes and a pickup in tourism helped its hotels. The firm on Wednesday posted net profit of LE 324.1 million ($57.8 million), below an average forecast of LE 367 million provided by …

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Nile nations split on water-sharing pact

KAMPALA: Seven African nations are expected to push through a new and more equitable deal this week on sharing the waters of the Nile despite strong opposition from Egypt and Sudan. "What we are doing is launching the signing. Any country that feels they cannot sign now but may be ready to sign later will …

Daily News Egypt

Greek lessons for the world economy

CAMBRIDGE: The $140 billion support package that the Greek government has finally received from its European Union partners and the International Monetary Fund gives it the breathing space needed to undertake the difficult job of putting its finances in order. The package may or may not prevent Spain and Portugal from becoming undone in a …

Dani Rodrik

Peace products

RAMALLAH: The issue of settlements and their illegality under international law should dominate debate surrounding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and a return to negotiations. Israel’s refusal to adhere to international law or its previous commitments, particularly its obligation to freeze all settlement construction as stipulated under the 2003 road map, has led to a low point …

Daily News Egypt

Kuwait's CBK swings to Q1 loss, books provisions

KUWAIT: Commercial Bank of Kuwait (CBK) swung into a first quarter loss, after booking provisions against its loan and investment portfolios. Net loss in the three months to March 31 came in at 1.41 million dinars ($4.86 million), compared with net profit of 3.14 million dinars a year earlier, CBK said in a statement on …

Daily News Egypt

Nakheel says Dubai gives funds to repay 2010 bond

DUBAI: Dubai has given developer Nakheel, part of a $24.8 billion debt restructuring at its parent Dubai World, enough funds to repay a $980 million Islamic bond due on May 13, Nakheel said in a statement on Tuesday. Nakheel, the builder of man-made islands shaped like palms, is widely expected to repay the bond on …

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Markets slide as Greece worries weigh on oil

DUBAI: Middle East stocks fell on Tuesday, weighed by falling oil prices and downbeat global markets as a relief rally ignited by a $1 trillion plan to aid Greece gave way to doubts on how it will cut its budget deficit. Petrochemical stocks, seen as a proxy to world trade, were the main drag on …

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OPEC lifts 2010 oil demand growth forecast again

LONDON: OPEC raised its estimate for world oil demand growth in 2010 for a third successive month on Tuesday, but its figures showed economic recovery would not be sufficient to wipe out a surplus of supply this year. The monthly report from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, which pumps more than one in …

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Djezzy head met Algerian finance min: OT chairman

Orascom Telecom’s executive chairman said the CEO of Orascom’s Algerian unit met with the Algerian finance minister on Monday, but declined to comment further on the status of talks over the troubled unit. "We are very keen not to comment on the Algerian file, because we are very keen to leave relations with Algeria in …

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Parliament approves two-year emergency law extension

CAIRO: Egypt’s parliament voted on Tuesday to extend a decades-old state of emergency for a further two years, the official MENA news agency reported. "The People’s Assembly has approved by a 308-member majority the presidential decree to extend the state of emergency for a period of two years," MENA said. A parliamentary source told AFP …

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Emirates to start flights to Iraq in July

DUBAI: Dubai’s Emirates airline will start flights to Iraq in July, it said on Monday, as it looks to benefit from increasing traffic on the back of reconstruction efforts in the war-torn nation. The Arab world’s biggest carrier, which has not flown to the country before, said in a statement the destination is one of …

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Qatar may open Harrods outlet in Shanghai, says report

LONDON: The Qatari royal family’s investment arm is considering whether to open a flagship Harrods outlet in Shanghai after its acquisition of the British store, the Financial Times reported Monday. Qatar Holding, which bought the landmark London department store for £1.5 billion (€1.7 billion, $2.2 billion) on Saturday, may target the Chinese city as a …

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Mohieldin calls for more investment on Upper Egypt-Red Sea road

Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohieldin called for offering more investment projects on the Upper Egypt-Red Sea road as soon as possible. During a tour of the Upper Egyptian city of Assiut, he pointed out that major Arab and foreign investment institutions are interested in launching projects along the road. Services including petrol stations, traffic posts, …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt cbank leaves key interest rates steady

Egypt’s central bank kept its key overnight interest rates unchanged on Thursday, a decision that was in line with analysts’ forecasts and the bank’s fifth pause since it last lowered rates in September. Ten out of 10 economists participating this week in a Reuters poll forecast that the bank’s Monetary Policy Committee would keep rates …

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Chambers of commerce elections to be held June 23

CAIRO: Egypt is set to hold elections for chambers of commerce board members nationwide on June 23. A total of 292 candidates are vying for the 193 available seats, and will hold the post for a four-year term The process will begin after appeals committee screenings and approval procedures are completed, along with a performance …

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Iraq sends Shell gas deal to cabinet for approval

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s oil ministry has sent the final draft of a gas deal with Royal Dutch Shell to the cabinet for approval, Iraq’s oil minister said on Thursday. The deal is for a multi-billion-dollar joint venture between Iraq’s South Gas Company, Shell and Japan’s Mitsubishi in the southern Basra oil hub to capture and use …

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Africa's first high-speed train to open ahead of World Cup

JOHANNESBURG: The Gautrain, Africa’s first high-speed rail line, will launch on June 8 in South Africa three days before the opening match of the 2010 football World Cup, the developers said Friday. French construction giant Bouygues said the train’s first segment, linking OR Tambo International Airport and the posh Johannesburg suburb of Sandton, will open …

Daily News Egypt

Dubai ranks nine among most expensive office markets, says CBRE

Dubai is among the ten most expensive office markets in the world, a report on global office rents by commercial real estate services company CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) showed. The report said office rents in Dubai have recorded $108.92 per square foot per annum, placing the emirate at number nine. Occupancy costs in the global …

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Lecico posts 25 pct rise in Q1 net profit

CAIRO: Ceramics company Lecico Egypt said improved volumes in the sanitary ware segment was the main driver of a 25 percent rise in first-quarter earnings. Profit rose to LE 26.9 million ($4.8 million), on revenue up 11 percent to LE 269.5 million. "The strength that we had seen in our business in the last quarter …

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Egypt cbank leaves key interest rates steady

CAIRO: Egypt’s central bank kept its key overnight interest rates unchanged on Thursday, its fifth pause since it stopped lowering rates in September, the central bank said on its website. The overnight lending rate was left at 9.75 percent and the deposit rate stayed at 8.25 percent, the website said. The discount rate was also …

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Egypt's Raya to pay higher dividend, says stock exchange

CAIRO: Egypt’s Raya Technology and Communication will pay a cash dividend of 0.25 Egyptian pounds per share, the stock exchange said on Thursday, up from LE 0.21 the year before. The dividend will be paid on May 23 to investors holding the shares on May 18, the bourse said. Shares in Raya were trading up …

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Egypt cites urgent need for nuclear-free Mideast

UNITED NATIONS: Egypt said there is an urgent need to create a nuclear weapon-free zone in the Middle East and five world powers gave the idea qualified backing at a UN conference here Wednesday. "The need is doubled today for the effective and comprehensive implementation of the 1995 (NPT) resolution on the Middle East," Egyptian …

AFP

No More Drinking in Bahrain

Manama, BAHRAIN: The Bahraini parliament has adopted an amendment forbidding the kingdom’s Muslims from consuming or importing alcohol. Bahrain is a popular holiday destination or weekend getaway spot for Saudi Arabian youth unable to drink in their own country. The move, taken by the all-appointed Upper House of Bahrain’s parliament, will all but end such …

Daily News Egypt

Iran says ready to address 'rights abuse' charges

TEHRAN: Iran is willing to address accusations of rights violations and host UN human rights chief Navi Pillay and experts, a senior official was was quoted as saying on Wednesday. Human rights chief Mohammad Javad Larijani made the comments as Iran faces mounting international pressure over its controversial nuclear program and risks further sanctions. Iran …

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3 dead in fire at Greek bank during Athens riots

ATHENS: Three people died when an Athens bank went up in flames Wednesday as tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets to protest harsh spending cuts aimed at saving the country from bankruptcy. Tear gas drifted across the city’s center as hundreds of rioters hurled paving stones and Molotov cocktails at police, who …

Daily News Egypt

2 Gaza smugglers die in tunnel collapse, officials say

GAZA CITY: Palestinian medical officials say two smuggling tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border have collapsed, killing two Gaza workers. Medics say the bodies arrived at the local hospital late Tuesday and early Wednesday. Hundreds of Gazans work in a vast network of tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border. The tunnels provide Gaza’s 1.5 million Palestinian residents …

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Dubai to open world's biggest' airport for cargo next month

DUBAI: Dubai’s second airport, designed to be the world’s largest when completed, will open in June for cargo only, with plans to receive passengers in spring next year, Dubai Airports chief said Tuesday. "Dubai will no longer be a single airport city," chief executive officer, Paul Griffiths, told a press conference on the sidelines of …

AFP

Qatar Air to receive 6 Boeing 787s next year

DUBAI: Qatar Airways increased its order for Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner to six from two and expects to take delivery by September next year, the carrier’s chief executive said on Tuesday. "At the moment, we will be receiving six 787s next year; initially it was two," Akbar al-Baker told reporters at a travel and tourism …

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S&P rates sharia fund in bid to raise transparency

DUBAI: Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) on Tuesday said that for the first time it assigned a rating to a sharia fund, in a bid to boost transparency in an industry that has come under fire after some recent defaults. S&P said it assigned a "AAf/S1+" fund credit and volatility rating to a Luxembourg-based, …

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Oil falls below $85 ahead of US inventory data

LONDON: US crude oil fell more than $1 to below $85 per barrel on Tuesday, retreating from 19-month highs ahead of an expected rise in US crude and fuel stocks and as the dollar strengthened. Data published later on Tuesday is likely to show US crude inventories rose last week as a discount for prompt …

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