Saturday 6 February 2016

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RUSSIA INTENSIFIES AIR RAIDS
Thousands flee as Syrian army set for big Aleppo offensive

Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled an intensifying Russian assault around Aleppo and aid workers said they feared the major city could soon fall under a full government siege.

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NEW CARGO YARD PLANNED
Saudi Arabia to fast-track causeway, rail line work

Saudi Arabia is to fast-track a second causeway with Bahrain and a planned rail link that will have see diesel-powered trains running at a maximum speed of 220km per hour on the secrtor, said a report.

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OPS UNDER GLOBAL COALITION
Bahrain ready to commit ground forces to Syria

Bahrain is ready to commit ground troops to Syria as part of a US-led coalition against Islamic State, the Gulf kingdom said on Friday, a day after its larger neighbour and close ally Saudi Arabia announced a similar pledge.

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SPOTLIGHT
Wars, cheap oil hurting Middle East growth

The World Bank said that 2015 economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa likely came to just 2.6 per cent, falling short of a 2.8 per cent forecast in October as war, terrorism and cheap oil took their toll.

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ANALYSIS
Airline battle brews in Gulf as Iran eyes regional hub role

An economic battle is likely for dominance of the skies over the Gulf after Iran decided to invest $27 billion in an airline fleet capable of taking on the region's supercarriers.

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NEWS IN PICTURES
Save schooling!

Abdallah, 12, and Dania, 10, whose school was bombed in Aleppo in Syria sit in a mock up of a destroyed classroom in London. The photocall was organised by Save the Children to highlight the need for education for refugee children.

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Top Trade News

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Retail & Wholesale

Pavers England plans $50m GCC expansion

Pavers England, an established heritage brand shoe store and a joint venture between UK based Pavers and Foresight Group, is set to open two stores in the UAE, with plans to further expand into the wider GCC market.

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Finance & Capital Market

20pc increase in money laundering cases in Bahrain

There was a 20 per cent increase in suspicious financial transactions reported in Bahrain last year compared to 2014, according to a special unit that monitors money laundering cases.

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Analysis, Interviews, Opinions

Wars, cheap oil hurting Middle East growth

The World Bank said that 2015 economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa likely came to just 2.6 per cent, falling short of a 2.8 per cent forecast in October as war, terrorism and cheap oil took their toll.

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Industry, Logistics & Shipping
Travel, Tourism & Hospitality
IT & Telecommunications

Huawei partners with Dubai Internet City for new HQ

Huawei has partnered with Dubai Internet City, a member of Tecom Group, to set up its national headquarters within the region's largest ICT and technology community, in a bid to further expand and deploy its global technology expertise.

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Lifestyle

Diyar Al Muharraq to launch seafront unit sales

Diyar Al Muharraq, one of the leading urban developers in Bahrain, is set to launch the sales of the second phase of its seafront development Al Bareh on Saturday (February 6).

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Motoring

5m vehicles worldwide ‘may have faulty air bags’

Continental Automotive Systems has it supplied potentially defective air bag control units to five million vehicles built over a five-year period worldwide, widening an air bag safety crisis.

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Health & Environment

Inadequate testing thwarts efforts to measure Zika's impact

One major hurdle is thwarting efforts to measure the extent of the Zika epidemic and its suspected links to thousands of birth defects in Brazil: accurate diagnosis of a virus that still confounds blood tests.

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Media & Promotion

Times of India to host film awards event in Dubai

The Times of India Group, a leading media conglomerate in India, is set to host the second edition of The Time of India Film Awards (TOIFA), with the presence of popular Bollywood actors Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez in Dubai, UAE.

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Miscellaneous

Saudi 'ready to join ground operations in Syria'

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Defense said it is prepared to deploy ground forces in Syria to fight Daesh (ISIS), if the US-led interational coalition also deploys ground forces.

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