Arab States Weekly Review 14th – 20th August 2010

At least 59 people were killed in a suicide bomb in Baghad, Iraq. The attack came a day after talks on forming a coalition government were suspended, and just as American troops start to withdraw from Iraq.

Lebanon’s parliament passed a law which allows Palestinian refugees to work legally. The law gives 400,000 Palestinians the same rights as other foreign workers and ends years of discrimination which limited them to the most menial jobs.

Dubai’s DP World, a large operator of ports, said recovering world-trade volumes has boosted its first-half profits by 17% to $219m.

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