UAE To Provide Egypt "About $9 Bln" In Oil Products; Egypt Oil Ministry
Published 2014-09-01 07:49:20| Amwal Al Ghad English
Egypt's oil ministry said on Sunday the United Arab Emirates would provide "about $9 billion" worth of petroleum products to Egypt over the next year in deal to come into effect Monday. Egypt has struggled to curb its swelling budget deficit and meet its soaring energy demands, which have resulted in daily electricity cuts around the country of 86 million people. Oil-producing Gulf countries have come to Egypt's aid since the army, prompted by mass protests, ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last year. An Egyptian official told Reuters earlier on Sunday that the UAE would provide Egypt with petroleum products worth $8.7 billion over a one-year period starting in September. The official told Reuters that the first shipment of petroleum would be sent next week.
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He had a good job and a loving family, but it wasn't enough for a 25-year old Jordanian who abandoned his life of privilege in Amman to join the Islamic State group that has seized swathes of neighboring Iraq and Syria. Handsome, courteous and highly regarded in his profession as a radiologist, the man, whose name has been withheld for security reasons, disappeared in early August after the Muslim Eid holiday. He did not tell his family where he was going. He later called his parents from an undisclosed location to say he had "forsaken his life for the glory of Islam", said a relative. "His father is heartbroken, and his mother is in hospital from shock," he said.He is among the first known cases of Jordanians joining Islamic State since the group declared a "caliphate" in June after dramatic territorial gains in Iraq and Syria. His story points to the widening support for Islamic State among Jordanian Islamist fundamentalists inspired by its recent advances in countries that border Jordan to the east and north. With that support come new risks for a U.S. ally mostly unscathed by the Middle Eastern turmoil of recent years.
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