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Since the start of a Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi rebels in March 2015, the Yemeni riyal has lost more than two-thirds of its value.

About 500 workers at Istanbul's third airport were arrested for protesting poor labour conditions, including the deaths of workers.

Yemen government announces pay rise after mass protest

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Yemen government announces pay rise after mass protest

Thousands of public sector workers in Yemen will see a raise in their salaries following mass protests over rising living costs.

IMF issues warning on Saudi economy amid high unemployment

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IMF issues warning on Saudi economy amid high unemployment

The IMF Friday warned Saudi Arabia against boosting spending in the wake of rising oil prices, urging the world's top crude exporter to also ...

Marginalisation drives Tunisians to migrant boats

Alessandra Bajec

Marginalisation drives Tunisians to migrant boats

In-depth: A worsening economy and frustration among civilians drives more Tunisians from the marginalised interior towards irregular migration, ...

Alessandra Bajec

Tunisian women lead battle for truth and justice

Women are watching closely to make sure the transitional justice process will give dignity to those who suffered violence and abuse, writes Alessandra Bajec.

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Erdogan decree dismisses tens of thousands of state employees

Turkish authorities have called for the dismissal of more than 18,500 state employees.

Amar Diwakar

Sophia has more rights than Saudi Arabia's migrant workers

Comment: Robot Sophia presents us with a future where robots are recognised as human, while migrants continue to toil with no basic rights, ...

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UAE announces $13.6 billion stimulus amid slowdown

The Arab world's second largest economy saw its growth fall to just 0.5 percent in 2017.

Jordan strikes against proposed Income Tax Law

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Jordan strikes against proposed Income Tax Law

Thousands of Jordanians across different industrial sectors have gone on strike to protest a proposed income tax law by the government

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IMF urges Saudi Arabia to resist temptation to spend

As oil prices rise, Saudi Arabia has been advised to avoid ramping up state spending and get its finances in order.

Middle East's economic growth will not curb unemployment: IMF

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Middle East's economic growth will not curb unemployment: IMF

Deeper reforms must be made to curb high unemployment rates in the Middle East, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

Tunisia's quiet class struggle against austerity measures

Alessandra Bajec

Tunisia's quiet class struggle against austerity measures

In-depth: Three months after January's unrest, Tunisians cope with the government’s neoliberal policies and IMF’s austerity agenda that are ...

Shanty towns flourish in Iraq's oil-rich Basra

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Shanty towns flourish in Iraq's oil-rich Basra

Nearly 10 percent of Iraqis live in informal settlements, one fifth of them in Basra, according to the ministry of planning.

Yemen's women turn war struggles into work opportunities

Khalid al-Karimi and Weam Abdulmalik

Yemen's women turn war struggles into work opportunities

Feature: As Yemen's war rages on, many women are now seeking their own ways to eke out a living for their families to survive through the tough ...

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Saudi businesses hit hard by foreign labour shortage

The oil-rich kingdom has long relied on foreign labour for jobs in sales and services, both for skills and cost, but these positions are increasingly being reserved for Saudi workers.

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IMF chief calls on Arab leaders to cut spending

IMF chief Lagarde said that subsidy and public sector wage cuts were needed to achieve sustainable growth and to tackle youth ...

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Saudi Arabia bans foreigners from a dozen professions

The move is part of a nationwide campaign to diversify the Saudi economy and reduce the unemployment rate.

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IMF urges Arab states to tackle economic 'frustration'

Reforms in Arab states have proved a delicate balancing act with countries seeking to benefit from IMF loans having to reduce budget deficits, ...

Sisi: A tyrant plagued by the ghosts of revolution

Sam Hamad

Sisi: A tyrant plagued by the ghosts of revolution

Comment: Kleptocratic patronage, poverty and unemployement. Sisi's rule has merely exacerbated the corrosive problems that led to revolution in ...

Jo Schietti

Baby boom pushes Egyptians to migrate

With rampant population growth and a population of 95 million, many Egyptians are leaving in search of opportunities, writes Jo Schietti.

Turkey reinstates over 1,800 civil servants after post-coup purges

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Turkey reinstates over 1,800 civil servants after post-coup purges

A total of 1,823 civil servants will return to work, including 544 personnel from the education ministry and 204 health ministry staff.

Macron: Stringing Turkey along is hypocritical

The New Arab

Macron: Stringing Turkey along is hypocritical

French president Macron suggested that the EU should stop stringing Turkey along after counterpart Erdogan said he was "tired" of waiting.

Long-held grievances fuel protest in Iraqi Kurdistan

Tanya Goudsouzian

Long-held grievances fuel protest in Iraqi Kurdistan

Comment: As many young Kurds mourn the loss of the independence dream, the economic situation continues to worsen, fuelling political ...

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