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Former Lafarge CEO Bruno Lafont was questioned on Wednesday over allegations that the French cement-maker indirectly financed extremists, including Islamic State, in Syria.

The Swiss-French cement company LafargeHolcim should have stopped its operations in war-torn Syria before it did, its chairman said on Sunday, after top officials were charged with indirectly

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 regime, writes Gehad Quisay.

Cristiano Ronaldo baffles the world with Egyptian Steel endorsement

The New Arab

Cristiano Ronaldo baffles the world with Egyptian Steel endorsement

The world's highest paid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has bizarrely put his name to Cairo-based Egyptian Steel, revealed in an advert posted on ...

Gulf diplomatic brouhaha latest step in UAE anti-Qatar campaign

Imogen Lambert

Gulf diplomatic brouhaha latest step in UAE anti-Qatar campaign

Comment: Diplomats in the Gulf have been working for months to undermine Qatar and its independent foreign policy streak, writes Imogen Lambert.

Daoud Kuttab

3G phone service set for great reception among Palestinians

Analysis: After years of delays, Palestinians will finally be able to enjoy use of 3G equipment that has been laying in Israeli warehouses for years, writes Daoud Kuttab.

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Concrete evidence: French cement giant admits Syria 'unacceptable practices'

French cement giant Lafarge said it took part in unacceptable practices at its Syria-based plant, paying protection money to militant ...

Charlie Hoyle

EU invests billions in companies linked to Israeli settlements

Europe's five largest pension funds are heavily invested in companies with links to illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, ...

Mohamed ElMeshad

Media matters: Egypt's revolution and its aftermath

Comment: The revolution was aided by the presence of a relatively critical media. But the media's trajectory since then reflects the path of ...

#PanamaPapers: Financing chaos in Yemen with 'The Sugar Kings'

Baraa Shiban

#PanamaPapers: Financing chaos in Yemen with 'The Sugar Kings'

Comment: For ordinary Yemeni citizens, information contained in the Panama Papers concerning the business elite and its links with Saleh ...

The New Arab

At least 175 workers 'killed in Islamic State massacre'

The cement plant workers were kidnapped in the Damascus outskirts by Islamic State group militants on Monday.

Will Saudi Arabia privatise its oil <em>company</em>?

Mohamed ElMeshad

Will Saudi Arabia privatise its oil company?

Comment: Selling off the world's largest company would raise plenty of cash, but sever Riyadh's link between oil and geopolitics, ...

Rebuilding Gaza 'is in the hands of God'

Iman Abd al-Karim

Rebuilding Gaza 'is in the hands of God'

While Gazans get back on their feet after another devastating Israeli offensive, problems with supplies and bureaucracy have stalled rebuilding ...

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