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GSMA welcomes African support for broadband growth

GSMA has welcomed the strong decision that African governments took at this week’s African Telecommunications Union (ATU) meeting in Nairobi, to foster the growth of broadband across the continent, according to a top executive.

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Yemen's exiled govt declares Aden ‘liberated’

The vice president of Yemen's exiled government in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has declared that the southern port city of Aden was now under the control of Saudi-backed fighters after days of battling with the country's dominant Houthi militia

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Saudi bond issues to soar as government plugs deficit

Bond issues by Saudi Arabia's government are expected to be worth tens of billions of dollars by the end of 2015 as the state ramps up debt sales to plug a hole in finances created by low prices for oil exports. Central bank g

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Qatar government world’s 'most efficient'

Qatar has emerged as the country with the most efficient government, closely followed by Singapore with the United Arab Emirates claiming the fifth spot in the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Competitiveness Report. The

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Bahraini ministers urged to cut spending

Government ministers in Bahrain have been ordered to outline unnecessary administrative expenses, as part of plans to reduce public spending. The move, directed by His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Kha

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Meat subsidies to end next month in Bahrain

Bahrain's government is pushing ahead with plans to axe meat subsidies from August 1, despite objections from parliament and Shura Council. Both chambers of the National Assembly have just approved the national budget for this

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Bahrain ‘ready to back Iran nuclear deal’

Bahrain’s government is ready to support a nuclear deal between Iran and the West, if it means an end to Tehran’s interference in Gulf countries. Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa told MPs yesterday t

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Bahraini ministers urged to cut travel expenses

Bahraini government ministers should no longer be allowed to charge first class travel to their expense accounts if unnecessary spending is to be reduced, according to legislators. This could save the country millions of dinars an

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Abu Dhabi ruler issues law to regulate property market

Abu Dhabi's ruler has issued a decree to regulate and improve transparency in the emirate's real estate sector, requiring brokers and developers to be licensed and introducing rules to protect buyers of projects that are not yet complete

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Kuwait to retain 75pc stake in national airline

Kuwait's government has approved a new structure for the privatisation of Kuwait Airways under which the state will own 75 per cent of the carrier, it said on Sunday, excluding potential investors such as Jazeera Airways. Unde

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