Gaza's only mobile phone company forced to close

The Gaza attorney general's shutdown of Jawwal for alleged tax evasion could affect hundreds of jobs and has been met by criticism by those who see the company as a victim of a political divide.
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 Ahmad Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on July 3

Egypt fights for Mubarak's millions

Egypt is seeking to repatriate $700 million that Switzerland has frozen in accounts that belong to Hosni Mubarak and his family.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on July 2

Common market between Africa, Egypt not in the offing

The African economic blocs summit left some feeling that the African common market idea is far-fetched.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on July 2

Few solutions to Arab world’s power outages

Blackouts in the region have causes beyond current wars and armed conflicts.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on July 1

Tehran art auction attracts buyers, controversy

Tehran's biggest art auction attracted accusations of money laundering as well as record bids.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on July 1

Egypt cuts exports, exploits domestic raw materials

The government of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is adopting a new strategy to minimize exportation activities and exploit Egypt’s wealth locally, despite the negative repercussions these measures could have on the country’s economy.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 30

Palestinians pay high cost to conceive

Infertility and delayed childbearing seem to be on the rise in the Gaza Strip, so families struggle to get expensive treatment while they can barely acquire their most basic needs.
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 Huda Baroud for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 30

Turkish corruption suspect awarded business prize

Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab, who was taken into custody during Turkey’s “17-25 December corruption probe," received top exporter award from a pro-AKP business group.
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 30

Ultra-Orthodox now willing to wait tables

After years of shunning jobs like waiting tables and sales, traditionally viewed as "undignified" by the ultra-Orthodox in Israel, many members of the community who recently entered the labor market have joined the service industry.
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 Mordechai Goldman for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on June 29

Did Khamenei demand immediate sanctions relief?

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s acknowledgement of the time necessary for the West to uphold its commitments gains great importance when put into the context of what he defines as “signing of the agreement.”
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 Mohammad Ali Shabani for Al-Monitor on June 26

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