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IMF predicts worst Middle East downturn in half century

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:50 PM

The International Monetary Fund sees the Middle East and North Africa regional economy shrinking by 5.7% in 2020

Cars drive down King Fahad boulevard after the authorities eased some of the lockdown measures that had been imposed in a bid to slow down the spead of the novel coronavirus, in the Saudi capital Riyadh on June 21, 2020. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Coronavirus impact could kill over 50,000 children in MENA – U.N.

Jun 15, 2020 - 9:09 PM

Overstretched health facilities, economic hardships, and parents' fears of contracting COVID-19 may cause a huge rise of coronavirus child deaths in the Middle East and North Africa, according to the WHO and Unicef

Middle East air traffic to plunge by half on virus impact – IATA

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The International Air Transport Association expects airlines in the Middle East and North Africa to see their revenues slashed by $24.5 billion in 2020

An Etihad Airways aircraft, flight 171 from Abu Dhabi, comes in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport on March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  From toothpaste to pocket knives, ink cartridges and scissors, the US cabin ban on electronic devices on flights from the Middle East and North Africa adds to a long list of products already blacklisted on international flights. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN

Middle East debt, unemployment to spike in virus recession – IMF

Apr 15, 2020 - 6:40 PM

Countries in the Middle East and North Africa will lose hundreds of billions of dollars in revenues in 2020, says the International Monetary Fund

A picture taken on March 23, 2020, shows the empty King Fahd road in the Saudi capital Riyadh after authorities imposed a curfew for 21 days to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Middle East economy set for worst slump in decades – IMF

Apr 14, 2020 - 11:10 PM

For 2020, the International Monetary Fund sees the Middle East and North Africa region suffering its worst economic performance since 1978

A Saudi man, wearing a protective mask as a precaution against COVID-19 coronavirus disease, walks along Tahlia street in the centre of the capital Riyadh on March 15, 2020. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

IMF slashes Mideast growth projections over Iran sanctions

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:35 PM

The International Monetary Fund projects 2019 economic growth for the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan would be 1%, its worst since the IMF put them in one group in 2009

North America or North Africa – 2026 World Cup host to be revealed June 13

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:52 AM

There are speculations that the evaluation process in unfair on Morocco's part

JOINT BID. The United States, Mexico and Canada announced a joint bid to stage the 2026 World Cup on Monday, aiming to become the first 3-way co-hosts in the history of FIFA's showpiece tournament. Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Sudan eyes economic revival as U.S. lifts sanctions

Oct 07, 2017 - 6:44 PM

The financial sanctions had put restrictions on international banking transactions, exchange of technology and spare parts, and other cumbersome trade regulations have hampered economic growth.

END TO SANCTIONS. A picture taken on October 2, 2017 shows a man walking outside a butchers' shop in the Sudanese capital's twin city of Omdurman. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Tunisia activists win Nobel Peace Prize in boost to fledgling democracy

Oct 10, 2015 - 9:32 AM

The Nobel panel says the award to the National Dialogue Quartet is intended as an encouragement to the Tunisian people and as a beacon to the war torn Middle East north Africa and beyond

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. A four-way composite photo (all dated 15 January 2015) of the members of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize announced in Oslo. From left: Wided Bouchamaoui, President of the Tunisian Employers' Union, Houcine Abbassi, Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union, Abdessattar Ben Moussa, President of the Tunisian Human Rights, and Mohamed Fadhel Mahmoud, President of the National Bar Association of Tunisa. Handout photo by EPA

UK police link beach, museum attacks in Tunisia

Aug 05, 2015 - 10:43 PM

About 150 people are arrested in Tunisia in relation to the Sousse attack of whom 15 are charged with terrorism offenses and remain in custody

TERROR IN TUNISIA. Members of the Tunisian security services stand guard during a memorial ceremony and minutes silence for the victims of a terror attack on a beach outside the Imperial Marhaba Hotel. Photo by Mohamed Messara/EPA

Libya militia seize 10 Tunisians in Tripoli consulate

Jun 12, 2015 - 11:32 PM

Tunis did not say who has seized its consul staff in Tripoli which is controlled by the Islamist led Fajr Libya militia alliance

Foreign fighters switching tactics to reach Syria, Iraq

May 30, 2015 - 11:28 AM

Interpol chief Juergen Stock says measures to stop foreign fighters are already producing changes in tactics by recruiters who are setting up broken travel to make tracking more difficult

Libya government warns aggression will be met with force

May 28, 2015 - 1:48 AM

Thani s spokesman said after his car was hit by bullets wounding a bodyguard that it had been an attempt to kill the premier

Europe migrant terror threat 'overblown'

May 21, 2015 - 11:31 PM

But analysts say extremist groups are more interested in holding territory in the Middle East than risking their men in flimsy dinghies

MIGRANT CRISIS. A handout picture provided 10 February 2015 by the Italian Coastguard shows migrants arriving to Lampedusa, 09 February 2015. Photo by Italian Coast Guard/EPA

4,000 OFWs remain in Libya despite civil conflict

Mar 05, 2015 - 9:24 PM

Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs DFA spokesman Charles Jose says that the reason for staying is mainly economic

Libya's new chief of staff declares 'war on terrorists'

Aug 25, 2014 - 8:50 PM

UPDATED Abdel Razzak Nadhuri speaks as Libyan jihadist group Ansar al Sharia urges other Islamists to unite under its banner

US warns of new generation of global terrorists

May 02, 2014 - 12:28 AM

Extremist violence last year was also increasingly marked by sectarian motives which the US said was a worrisome trend

TERRORISM? Flames and smoke rise from the site of twin bombings in Syria on April 9, 2014. File photo by EPA

5M children in Africa's Sahel face acute malnutrition: UN

May 01, 2014 - 9:04 AM

We are facing a funding bottleneck at a very critical moment The planting season is only a couple of months away said UN Assistant Secretary General Robert Piper

MALNUTRITION. A photograph made available September 5, 2012 shows Adra Ousmane, a farmer from Niger, examining the grains that have gone bad on his land in the southern town of Guidan Roumdji, Niger, on September 1, 2012. Tanya Bindra/EPA

US extends embassy closures

Aug 05, 2013 - 8:00 AM

UPDATED The US State Department noting it was acting out of an abundance of caution said 19 diplomatic outposts would be shuttered through Saturday

NO ENTRY. A checkpoint leading to the US embassy compound in the Yemeni capital Saana is seen on August 3, 2013. Photo by AFP/Mohammad Huwais

Security alerts spark embassy closures

Aug 04, 2013 - 8:00 AM

Interpol issues global security alert after jailbreaks linked to Al Qaeda and as Western powers plan temporary closure of certain embassies mostly in the Middle East over terror threats

The Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France, 19 October 2007. AFP File / Fred Dufour

ABS-CBN, GMA-7 beef up presence in MidEast, Africa

Apr 29, 2013 - 4:23 PM

Both ABS CBN and GMA 7 will launch their direct to home and cable platforms in the Middle East and North Africa on May 1

Protester killed on eve of Egypt court verdict

Mar 08, 2013 - 9:34 PM

An Egyptian protester was shot dead in clashes in Port Said on the eve of a court verdict on a deadly football riot with unrest pushing Egypt s already precarious government to the brink

After Arab Spring no-show, jihadists make comeback

Jan 27, 2013 - 2:09 PM

The flow of foreign fighters into Syria flood of arms across North Africa war in Mali and terror attacks highlight the jihadists return in a region rocked by the Arab Spring

DFA evacuates 34 Pinoys from Algeria

Jan 18, 2013 - 2:48 PM

The Filipino workers one of whom sustained a gunshot wound are to fly by chartered plane to London via Parma Italy

MIDDLE OF THE DESERT. Satellite image of the In Amenas gas field in eastern Algeria from Google Maps

Filipinos, other foreign maids put demons aside, pray with pope

Sep 16, 2012 - 11:24 PM

They have all heard stories of foreign housemaids being abused in Lebanon and some may even have suffered themselves but Asians and Africans set such demons aside and joined in joyously as Pope Benedict XVI celebrated mass in Beirut