Iranian ayatollah calls for fewer holidays

Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi has criticized the number of holidays in Iran, urging the government to take action to decrease breaks.
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 Rohollah Faghihi for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 29

Turkey shocked over banker's arrest in New York

The arrest of the vice president for Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank in New York has stunned Ankara and when the shock wears off, it will likely have complex implications for US-Turkish relations.
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 Barin Kayaoglu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on March 29

Turkey’s ‘megaprojects’ off to disappointing start

In an outcome that many have long feared, Turkey’s “megaprojects” are underperforming, meaning the government now has to compensate the construction companies under contract terms.
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 Mustafa Sonmez for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on March 29

Why Cairo’s canines may soon be ditching the kibble

After a successful career in marketing and public relations, Heba Ahmed has opened a fresh dog food delivery service out of her home.
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 Youssra el-Sharkawy for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on March 29

Why is Netanyahu ignoring concerns of chemical workers?

Threatened with losing their jobs, employees from Haifa Chemicals cannot get the attention of Israeli leaders, who are too concerned with the fight over Israel's Public Broadcasting Corporation.
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 Mazal Mualem on March 29

Can Iran avoid looming banking crisis?

In Iran, debate on how to avoid a looming banking crisis reaches fever pitch, with the future structure of the Central Bank of Iran becoming a battlefield between the government and its conservative opponents.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 28

Jordanians really don't want Israel’s gas

Jordan's agreement to buy Israeli natural gas has Jordanians up in arms.
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 Mohammad Ersan on March 29

Gaza real estate sector on the rise

The real estate sector in Gaza is booming in light of a fast-rising population and a small surface area, but will this spur benefit the government?
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 Rasha Abou Jalal on March 28

Could foreign partners help revive ailing Arab film industry?

The Sharm el-Sheikh Arab and European Film Festival started a debate through a seminar on joint film projects between the Arab world and Europe, over the feasibility of international co-productions.
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 David Awad on March 29

How Egypt plans to boost tech partnerships with US companies

A delegation from Egypt's Communications and Information Technology Ministry has returned from a successful US tour to promote cooperation and investment in information technology.
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 Amira Sayed Ahmed for Al-Monitor on March 28

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