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Saudi ready to send forces to Syria if coalition decides

Saudi Arabia would be willing to commit special forces to Syria should the international coalition decide to deploy ground troops against Islamic State, the country's foreign minister said on Wednesday. It was the Saudi minister's second reference to sending special force

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New ministers for happiness, tolerance in UAE

In sweeping UAE cabinet changes, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has announced ministers for happiness, tolerance and climate change. "Happiness in our nation is not a wish .. but there will be pl

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Seed capital up for grabs for F&B entrepreneurs at Gulfood

Food and beverage industry entrepreneurs have been served up a unique opportunity to pitch for seed capital for their business ideas at an inaugural forum in in Dubai, UAE.   The Innovation Hub finale to the F&B Business Forum – a core pillar of the al

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Unilever unit in deal to raise bar on food safety in Dubai

Unilever Food Solutions, a food service division of Unilever, has partnered with Dubai Municipality to raise the bar on food safety across the emirate through a food safety partnership initiative.   With a clear understanding of the challenges that come with man

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Egypt to step up online government services

Egypt plans on stepping up online services for government agencies and facilitating easier interactions between citizens and the government through e-portals, said Prime Minister Sherif Ismail. The Egyptian government needed to tackle based on the internal issues faced by Egypt a

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Crackdown vowed on tobacco traders exploiting customers

Bahraini authorities have announced a crackdown on traders trying to exploit consumers following an increase in import duty on tobacco. This followed reports that the sudden increase announced on Monday (February 8) had led to confusion and panic buying yesterday, said a report in the Gul

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Flour subsidy cut reports in Bahrain dismissed

Bahrain Flour Mills Company chief executive Mohammed Abdulwahab Nass has dismissed media reports that flour subsidy is to be lifted. “We haven’t received any directives from Industry, Commerce  and Tourism Ministry.  We also contacted the ministry and they dismissed the

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Kuwait backs alliances against Islamic State, but no troops

Kuwait backs international efforts against hardline Islamist groups in Iraq and Syria although the Gulf Arab state's constitution prevents it from sending troops to fight abroad, a senior Kuwaiti official said. Kuwait, a US ally and neighbour of Saudi Arabia and Iraq, is part

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Egypt cancels temporary tariff on sugar imports

Egypt is cancelling a temporary tariff levied on sugar imports in 2015 after completing an investigation into possible dumping of the commodity, the ministry of trade said. Egypt said in April it would impose a 20 percent tariff on sugar imports for 200 days following a filing to

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Suicide blast at Damascus club kills several

A suicide car bomber blew himself up at a police officers' club in a residential district of Damascus on Tuesday, killing several people, Syria's interior ministry said. It said a number of people were also wounded in the blast in Masaken Barza, a middle class district wh

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