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Qatar launches largest solar energy plant in Middle East

Source : Middle East Monitor / 11 Jun 2014

A Qatar-based renewable energy company, Qatar Solar Energy (QSE), has announced the launch of the largest facility for the development and manufacture of solar energy panels in the Middle East and North Africa.


Unified visa for GCC tourists

Source : Arab News / 07 Jun 2014

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is expected to introduce a unified visa that would allow tourists to visit all six member-countries, which are Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman.


UAE ranks third for total solar power capacity

Source : The National / 06 Jun 2014

Masdar City’s Shams 1 has helped to lift the UAE to third among the world’s nations in Concentrated Solar Power investment and capacity, a report says.

The UAE now ranks behind only Spain and the US in CSP generation.

The rankings were recently unveiled in a report by Ren21, a policy network that promotes rapid global transition to renewable energy.


Middle East’s first Eco- Club Summit

Source : Gulf News / 02 May 2014

Kelvin Doe, a 15 year-old from Sierra Leone, amazed the world when he built his own radio station at the age of 13.

He is one of the speakers at the Eco Club Summit, the first summit of its kind in the Middle East, organised by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD).


​Britain wasted £34 billion on military interventions since Cold War

Source : RT / 24 Apr 2014

Since 1990 the United Kingdom wasted around $57 billion on military interventions, primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan, which were later judged to be strategic failures, a study published by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) says.


Jordan, Egypt, Iraq discuss building joint railway

Source : Islamic Invitation Turkey / 14 Apr 2014

Jordan, Egypt and Iraq have discussed a joint railway project that would link the three countries.

Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour met with Egypt’s Transportation Minister Ibrahim Demeiri and Iraq’s Transportation Minister Salman Jassim in Amman on Saturday to discuss the project.


Middle East drought a threat to global food prices

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi / 10 Mar 2014

The Middle East's driest winter in several decades could pose a threat to global food prices, with local crops depleted and farmers' livelihoods blighted, U.N. experts and climatologists say.

Varying degrees of drought are hitting almost two thirds of the limited arable land across Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Iraq.


10 million children in Mideast to get polio vaccine: UN

Source : AFP / 03 Mar 2014

Millions of children in the Middle East will be vaccinated against polio this month after the crippling disease resurfaced in conflict-hit Syria, the United Nations said Sunday.

Mass vaccinations have already been launched in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Syria, while a similar campaign in Lebanon will start on March 9, the UN Children's Fund Unicef said in a statement.


Camels likely source of MERS virus in people: study

Source : AFP / 26 Feb 2014

A respiratory virus that has killed dozens of people, mainly in the Middle East, is widespread in camels and may be jumping directly from camels to humans, said a study Tuesday.

Called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, it has killed 79 of the 182 people infected since September 2012, according to the World Health Organization.


Syria, Iraq, Egypt most deadly in ‘atrocious’ year for journalists

Source :  Al Arabiya News / 14 Feb 2014

Syria, Iraq and Egypt were the most deadly countries for journalists in 2013, which was described as an “absolutely atrocious” year for attacks on the media, a press freedom watchdog says.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said last year saw “a near record” of 211 journalists imprisoned and 70 killed because of their work, AP reported.

That was slightly fewer than in 2012, when 232 journalists were in jail and 72 were killed.


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