Category: Business Intelligence

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Al-Qaeda linked group claims attack on Japanese tanker

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Media reported that a terrorist group linked to Al-Qaeda claimed on Wednesday that a suicide bomber from its organisation was responsible for the explosion on a Japanese super tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, last Wednesday.

Middle East business: Blackberry brinkmanship

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FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia have upped the ante in their effort to secure monitoring access to communications via Blackberry. The threat to pull the plug on the service may be a…

Eastern Europe business: Entrepreneurial laggard

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FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT Eastern Europe lags behind other emerging regions in terms of entrepreneurship, according to a recent study. In large part this is a result of institutional deficiencies, such as weak property rights and burdensome regulations. However…

PKK bombs Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline in Mardin

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Media reported that terrorists belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Saturday night bombed Kirkuk-Ceyhan oil pipeline operating between Turkey and Iraq near the town of Midyat in Mardin province of Turkey.

Saudi Arabia business: Going nuclear

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FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT Saudi Arabia has engaged a Finnish consultancy firm to work on a strategy for nuclear and renewable energy. The decision to consider nuclear power as part of the energy mix arises mainly from concern in…

Security contractor formerly known as Blackwater is for sale

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NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Xe Services LLC, the private security company that gained notoriety under its former name, Blackwater Worldwide, has buckled to years of political pressure and is putting itself up for sale, though it was unclear Tuesday who…

UAE finance: Holding pattern

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FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT Creditors of Dubai International Capital (DIC), the private equity arm of Dubai Holding, have been asked to accept a three-month delay in the repayment of a US$1.25bn syndicated loan so as to allow time for…

Chinese Firm Pressing Ahead With Oil Projects in Iran

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China’s biggest oil company is pressing ahead with oil-and-gas projects in Iran valued at billions of dollars, its top executive said, highlighting Beijing’s strong economic ties to Tehran.

Global recovery will continue despite euro crisis

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FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT Despite the crisis unfolding in the euro zone, the world economy continues to recover. Recent indicators for the US and some emerging markets (particularly in Asia) have been strong, and the Economist Intelligence Unit sees…

Europe economy: In with the kitchen sink

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FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT Global stockmarkets, the euro currency and government bonds of fiscally weak euro area countries have rallied strongly in response to the latest emergency rescue package unveiled by European policymakers on May 10th, which over time…