Egypt awards oil and gas exploration blocks
Egypt has signed oil and gas exploration deals worth $187 million with several Western companies and a Tunisian firm, the petroleum ministry said.
Shi'ite rebels shell Yemen state TV, residents flee fighting
Armed Shi'ite rebels shelled Yemen's state-run television building in Sanaa on Friday and hundreds of residents were fleeing in a dramatic escalation of violence after weeks of fighting and protests in the capital, local officials said.
Saudi SCTA urged to curb high accommodation prices
Visitors to the holy city of Madinah have expressed anger over the skyrocketing prices of hotels and furnished apartments, especially in the area immediately surrounding the Prophet's Mosque, and have demanded that the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) intervene and regulate tariffs.