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Lebanon’s new energy minister says government to press on with gas tenders

Reuters – Lebanon’s new energy minister said on Saturday the government should press forward with its first offshore gas licensing round without further delay and his ministry would not be held up by the country’s political problems. Beirut estimates it has some 96 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas reserves but political dysfunction has …

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So how is the economy?

Last week we talked about the challenges facing the new Egyptian government. We spoke of the newly appointed prime minister’s objectives. Mr Mehleb has proclaimed that his main aims are to wipe out militant violence and improve the economy. Well, security we all know about and can see its status by watching the news; but how …

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Equality and Justice in the Courtroom

By Navi Pillay  It is natural for a man to respond to a nagging female partner with violence.  Women’s demands for equal pay with men for equal skills are not justified, because women are likely to stop working to have children.  A man who kills his wife may receive a more lenient sentence if she …

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Women taking charge to save the environment

By Dr Cesar Chelala The growing worldwide demand for resources is threatening the world’s environmental health to an unprecedented extent. There is widespread agreement that unless new and more effective policies are set in place, this situation could have devastating implications for human development. In this context, women and children can be very active participants …

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Equality for women and girls is progress for all: Lydia’s story

By Sabine Pallas Each year on 8 March, the International Land Coalition (ILC) celebrates International Women’s Day. The theme for 2014 is ‘Equality for women is progress for all’. The story of one young woman I met in Rwanda recently during a learning route organised by ILC and the NGO Procasur illustrates this theme perfectly. …

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Egypt boosts efforts to halt energy firm exodus

Reuters – Egypt is enhancing exploration terms and striving to repay nearly $5bn it owes to foreign oil and gas producers as it struggles to prevent them fleeing to more promising prospects elsewhere in Africa. Cairo needs them to expand exploration and bring new finds to production if it is to keep the lights on …

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Egypt’s Global Telecom losses rise after Canadian writedown

Reuters – Global Telecom, the Egypt-based group formerly called Orascom Telecom, has fallen deeper into the red after taking a multi-million dollar impairment charge on its Canadian business following the latter’s withdrawal from a 4G spectrum auction. The group’s results coincided with earnings from 51.9% owner Vimpelcom, which were also impacted by events at the …

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