TUNIS Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has survived attempts by his own party and unions to force him out but, with elections looming, looks less and less able to enact the economic reforms that have so far secured IMF support for an ailing economy.
TRIPOLI/TUNIS Residents of Tripoli emerging from their homes to take advantage of a ceasefire between armed groups noticed one thing straight away. The militias had not withdrawn their heavy weapons from strategic locations in the Libyan capital.
CASABLANCA/RABAT, Morocco, Aug 15 Morocco has
managed to keep its currency stable since introducing a more
flexible foreign exchange system, but broader reforms are
necessary to boost investment before taking the next step in
liberalisation, bankers say.
RABAT One in three Moroccan university graduates cannot find a job due to slow economic growth, under-investment and an education system that fails to develop employable skills, the kingdom's planning chief said in an interview.
BAGHDAD When Maher Abu Hissam started his Baghdad bookshop two decades ago he was selling up to 40 books a day, such was the hunger for literature in the days of Saddam Hussein, even though the regime banned anything it did not like.
KERBALA, Iraq, June 27 Iraq is to plant 70,000
date palms south of Baghdad, hoping to revive production of a
crop it was famed for across the Middle East.
DOMIZ CAMP, Iraq The world is failing to properly invest in the Syrian refugee crisis and families, women, and children are suffering terribly as a result, U.N. refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie said on Sunday. | Video
TUNIS Tunisia will raise fuel prices in the coming days but hold off increasing public wages this year to meet terms of the International Monetary Fund for its next loan tranche, a government official and diplomatic sources told Reuters.
BASRA, Iraq The king size bed in Saddam Hussein's superyacht is made, the silk curtains around it have been drawn back and, in the gold-rimmed bathroom next door, a barber's chair awaits its occupant. | Video
SOUTHERN BADIA, Iraq On a former battlefield of the 1991 Gulf War, deep in Iraq's southern desert, a Kuwaiti investor is looking to grow 100,000 date palms and build a nature reserve complete with ostriches and deer. | Video