In Monday's Middle East papers
01 June 2009 05:00 [Source: ICIS news]
Council of Oman’s views backed
Within the context of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said’s keenness to move forward the wheel of development in the Sultanate, to continue caring for Omani citizens, upgrading and enhancing their skills and capabilities for playing their role in the comprehensive development march being witnessed in all parts of the Sultanate, a joint meeting between the Council of Ministers, the State Council and Shura Council was held at the Royal Diwan building hall in Muscat on Sunday.
Netanyahu rules out let-up in Gaza blockade
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Sunday there would be no let-up in much-criticised blockade of Gaza, warning that the ceasefire with Hamas remained fragile.
GCC-Australia free trade talks progress
The fourth round of the free trade negotiations between the GCC states and Australia began on Sunday.
Training workshop for SMEs begins
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) organised a training workshop on the development of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) which began on Sunday.
Muslims want tangible change on Mideast from Obama
Respect for Islam, a prescription for Palestinian statehood and assurances of a speedy US pullout from Iraq - that is what Muslims from Morocco to Malaysia say they want to hear from President Barack Obama this week when he addresses them from Cairo.
North Korean missile arrives at launch site
North Korea has moved its most advanced long-range missile to a new launch site and has banned ships from the waters off its west coast through the end of July, news reports said on Monday, moves that threaten to exacerbate tensions on the peninsula.
DFM surges 5% on property rally
Property stocks on Sunday lifted the Dubai Financial Market, or DFM, by 5%, led by Emaar Properties, which jumped over 10% on speculation that the worst in the region’s real estate market is over.
Schools show signs that expat exodus is over: Sulaiman
Enrollment at Dubai schools for South Asian children rose by 2% in the academic year that began in April, evidence that the emirate’s expatriate population is stable - and a sign that the economy’s fundamentals are stronger than critics have claimed, a senior government official said on Sunday.
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Abdullah approves land distribution in Najran
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has approved the granting of 1,188 square kilometres of government land for distribution among the people of Najran, Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah, the province's governor, announced yesterday.
Piracy focus of talks with Yemen
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who arrived here yesterday, said his talks with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah would explore prospects of expanding relations in economic, political and security fields.
Abraaj launched in Kingdom
The Dubai-based private equity group Abraaj Capital, which has raised about $7bn since its establishment in 2002, announced yesterday the opening of its office here in the Kingdom.
SRMG to be media sponsor of Riyadh Economic Forum
The Saudi Research and Marketing Group yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Riyadh Economic Forum (REF) to organise the forum's fourth session in December.
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Deal clears way for GM bankruptcy
The path has been cleared for General Motors to file for bankruptcy protection after shareholders agreed to accept a deal to swap the firm's $27bn debt for stock in a new restructured version of the car maker.
Pakistan's Swat exodus continues
Pakistan's military has said it expects to wrap up its offensive against Taliban fighters in the country's northwestern Swat valley within weeks or even days.
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THE DAILY STAR
Berri: Lebanese will show support for Resistance
The last weekend ahead of Lebanon's pivotal elections saw a frenzy of campaigning in the country, with rival parties holding major rallies in various regions.
Azerbaijan tries Hizbullah suspects over alleged plot to attack Israeli embassy
The closed-door trial of two Lebanese and four Azeris accused of plotting an attack on the Israeli Embassy in Baku to avenge the assassination of Hizbullah commander Imad Mughniyeh began in Azerbaijan last week, according to sources close to the investigation.
Organic farmers in Lebanon face export hurdles
Producers of organic food in Lebanon are facing challenges exporting their crops to the world market because of the lack of farms and marketing capacities, said Haifa Abbas, marketing manager of Al-Marej organic food store.
France Telecom to buy more shares in Mobinil
France Telecom said on Sunday it had commitments from shareholders that would let it buy more than 3% of Mobinil's share capital at 230 Egyptian pounds ($41) a share, sending the Egyptian firm's stock up 17%.
GULF DAILY NEWS
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