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A government spokesman said Qatar is investigating an alleged attempt to manipulate its currency during the early weeks of a Gulf political crisis.

The Egypt Report: Playing the blame game

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The Egypt Report: Playing the blame game

Our new weekly round-up of news from Egypt

Lessons from the 'female modesty' obsession

Amal Awad

Lessons from the 'female modesty' obsession

Comment: To help women change the currency of their relationships to men, we must teach them who they can be, without framing it in ...

Uber steps up a gear with multi-million Egypt investment

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Uber steps up a gear with multi-million Egypt investment

Uber has announced a $20 million investment in its new support centre in Cairo as the company seeks to shore up its commitment to Egypt amid ...

Myra Al-Rahim

Lebanon's biospheres of sorrow

Comment: The health of Lebanon's environment is inextricably linked to that of its people. The government is destroying them both, writes Myra Al-Rahim.

The New Arab

Baghdad increases pressure on Iraqi Kurdistan with dollar ban

Baghdad continues its retaliation against Erbil over its independence referendum by stopping foreign currency transfers to Iraq's ...

Bård Kårtveit

The anti-gay agenda of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church

Comment: As the Coptic Orthodox Church pushes Sisi's homophobic policies, young Copts in Egypt are orienting themselves towards Europe and North ...

The New Arab & agencies

Egypt's population stands at nearly 95 million

Egypt said on Saturday its population stands at nearly 95 million, in addition to an estimated 9.4 million who live abroad, the latest census ...

Migrants face more danger after disputed Italy-Libya deal

Alessandra Bajec

Migrants face more danger after disputed Italy-Libya deal

In-depth: By reinforcing Europe's fortress policy, Italy is further endangering the lives of vulnerable migrants rather than solving the crisis, ...

Robert Springborg

Egypt ignores runaway borrowing at its own peril

Comment: Egypt is one of the largest debtors in the world. It must look to history to understand the repercussions of excessive debt, writes ...

Nuclear crisis puts Egypt's dealings with Pyongyang under microscope

Gehad Quisay

Nuclear crisis puts Egypt's dealings with Pyongyang under microscope

Comment: The Trump administration expects its allies to fall in line over North Korea, but that may prove complicated for Egypt's military ...

A new Middle East?

Nael M. Shama

A new Middle East?

Comment: The Middle East's balance of power is undergoing a series of seismic shifts, as old alliances unravel as quickly as new ones form, ...

Lebanese bank hires anti-Hizballah US official for terror-financing advice

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Lebanese bank hires anti-Hizballah US official for terror-financing advice

Lebanon's Société Générale de Banque au Liban assigned on Wednesday former US treasury department official Daniel Glaser as a senior adviser to ...

After Alef: A bad omen for investment in Egypt

Mohamed ElMeshad

After Alef: A bad omen for investment in Egypt

Comment: In its latest crackdown, Sisi's government has assigned a state-run investment company to run Egypt's chain of beloved Alef bookstores, ...

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

The alt-left is real, and it's helping fascists

Comment: Much like the right, the alt-left disdains 'globalists', sees internationalism as liberal frivolity, and confines its solidarity to repressive regimes overseas, writes Idrees Ahmad.

Giorgio Cafiero

Kuwait's Korean conundrum

Comment: Kuwait finds itself in a difficult position, hoping to preserve its close alliance with Washington while still maintaining diplomatic ...

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar's resilient economy unfazed by harsh sanctions: analysts

More than two months into the Saudi-led blockade, Qatar remains largely unfazed and is expected to withstand years of sanctions, analysts say.

The New Arab & agencies

Austerity-hit Egypt restricts access to food rations

Austerity-hit Egypt has moved to cut the number of people eligible to receive subsidised food and fuel in a bid to curb Cairo's financial ...

Abbas 'urges' Hamas to stop dealing with Dahlan

The New Arab

Abbas 'urges' Hamas to stop dealing with Dahlan

Abbas urged the Hamas delegation to renew talks for reconciliation between the two rival Palestinian groups after fearing Dahlan’s potential ...

The New Arab

Egypt opens largest military base in Middle East

Egypt has unveiled a huge military base in a ceremony which featured topless soldiers lifting weights and performing press-ups on army trucks.

IMF approves second tranche of $12 billion Egypt loan

The New Arab & agencies

IMF approves second tranche of $12 billion Egypt loan

The IMF has approved a second tranche of a $12 billion loan to Egypt, yet resistance remains among the population about the tough austerity ...

Egyptian regime 'can’t ban Qatari ships from Suez Canal'

The New Arab & agencies

Egyptian regime 'can’t ban Qatari ships from Suez Canal'

The chief of one of the world’s busiest water corridors, the Suez Canal, says Egyptian authorities can’t ban Qatari ships from crossing the ...

Qatar remains defiant as Saudi-UAE ultimatum is rejected

Paul McLoughlin

Qatar remains defiant as Saudi-UAE ultimatum is rejected

The past month has seen a remarkable change of fortunes for the tiny Gulf state, reports Paul McLoughlin.

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