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    1. April 16, 2013

      Altimo offers $1.8bn to buy out Orascom

      Mikhail Fridman’s Altimo has made an offer to buy out minorities in Egypt’s Orascom Telecom for $1.8bn, as the Russian...

    2. April 5, 2013

      Cash-laden oligarchs hunt pastures new

      Hours after Rosneft finalised a deal to buy out the oligarch founders of rival oil producer TNK-BP last month, Mikhail...

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      November 23, 2012

      Guest post: Sawiris - Algeria must respect investment treaties

      By Naguib Sawiris Most governments in North Africa acknowledge the role of foreign direct investment in relieving poverty...

    2. February 13, 2012

      France Telecom seeks Egyptian deal

      France Telecom has offered to buy the majority of Egyptian telecoms operator Mobinil from tycoon Naguib Sawiris and other...

    3. January 26, 2012

      Egypt indices soar on peaceful protests

      Egypt’s stock market soared after Wednesday’s demonstrations on the first anniversary of the anti-Mubarak uprising passed...

    4. January 9, 2012

      Egyptian tycoon faces ‘tweet’ trial

      Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian telecoms tycoon, faces trial and a possible jail sentence over a Twitter message featuring...

    5. November 28, 2011

      Telekom Austria attracts interest from raider

      Telekom Austria shares rose on Monday after a high-profile corporate raider revealed the extent of his stake building with...

    6. September 7, 2011

      VimpelCom hurt by costs of Wind merger

      VimpelCom, the Russian telecoms operator, reported a 29 per cent drop in net profit in the second quarter as it took on...

    7. July 21, 2011

      Greece short-sighted over spectrum auction

      The astounding inability of European leaders up to now to agree on a decisive solution to the Greek problem is hardly the...

    8. June 6, 2011

      Strike tests Tunisia’s economic hopes

      The banner draped by strikers over an old communications ministry building in central Tunis last week pulls no punches. “A...

    9. May 11, 2011

      Algeria’s job generation challenge

      Mean streets: many Algerians believe the government has failed them Lotfi, a mild-mannered young man from a working-class...

    10. April 20, 2011

      Assad cousin accused of favouring family

      When World Finance magazine presented Rami Makh­louf with an award for his visionary leadership and contribution to the...

    11. March 30, 2011

      Egypt bourse set for fragile recovery

      Egypt’s revolution was relatively bloodless, and judging by its stock market’s performance since it reopened last week, the...

    12. March 17, 2011

      VimpelCom shareholders back Sawiris deal

      VimpelCom’s shareholders on Thursday voted in favour of a contentious $6.5bn deal under which the Russian mobile phone...

    13. February 24, 2011

      France Telecom chief to take on chairman role

      Stéphane Richard is to become chairman of France Telecom in a move that sees the return to an individual holding the two top...

    14. February 18, 2011

      Anglo and Lafarge in UK cement tie-up

      Anglo American, the mining company, and Lafarge, one of the largest cement companies, are pooling their construction...

    15. February 14, 2011

      Egypt delays stock market reopening

      Egypt’s stock market has for a second time extended a trading suspension that began after protests temporarily shut down the...

    16. February 11, 2011

      Egypt stocks rally ahead of Mubarak departure

      There was a palpable surge of relief in financial markets as Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak resigned. London-listed...

    17. February 4, 2011

      Business calls for unity alliance

      A group of prominent Egyptians, including businessmen, writers and legal experts, have presented a series of proposals to...

    18. February 2, 2011

      Tunisia left with an investment mirage

      Zein al-Abidine Ben Ali (left), the former president, inspecting plans for Tunis Sports City In May 2008, the Bukhatir Group...

    19. February 2, 2011

      Egyptian four find support in London

      Egypt’s stock market may be closed, after crashing dramatically last month, but four leading Egyptian companies have...

    20. February 1, 2011

      Volatility beats optimism in Egyptian rebound

      Volatility is the word of the moment – not only on Egypt’s streets, but with investor sentiment too. After tumbling heavily...

    21. January 16, 2011

      Sawiris wants board seats at Vimpelcom

      Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian entrepreneur, hopes to secure board representation at VimpelCom should Russia’s second-largest...

    22. January 14, 2011

      Telenor set to reject deal with Sawiris

      Telenor is preparing to vote against a revised deal under which VimpelCom would merge with telecoms assets controlled by...

    23. December 21, 2010

      VimpelCom plan for Weather deal hits snag

      VimpelCom’s bid to merge with the telecoms assets of Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian entrepreneur, has hit another hurdle after...

    24. December 20, 2010

      VimpelCom / Weather

      VimpelCom’s proposed merger with Weather was always heavy on ambition and light on detail. Investors were urged to think...

    25. December 17, 2010

      VimpelCom faces Sawiris deal hurdle

      Plans by VimpelCom, Russia’s second-largest mobile phone operator, to combine with the telecoms assets of Naguib Sawiris,...

    26. November 22, 2010

      Qtel consortium buys Orascom’s Tunisian stake

      Orascom Telecom has agreed to sell its 50 per cent stake in Tunisiana, Tunisia’s largest mobile phone operator, to a...

    27. October 28, 2010

      France Telecom buoyed by home market

      Expansion in Africa and robust domestic sales of smartphones and high-speed internet packages helped France Telecom to...

    28. October 14, 2010

      Vimpelcom investor questions Sawiris’ terms

      Vimpelcom, Russia’s second-largest mobile phone operator, may need to reassess the price it is paying for most of the...

    29. October 13, 2010

      Vimpelcom investors wary of Sawiris deal

      Shareholders in Vimpelcom, Russia’s second-largest mobile operator, have cast doubt on its $6.6bn deal to buy most of the...

    30. October 12, 2010

      Vimpelcom to focus on cutting debt

      Vimpelcom’s immediate priority will be to cut its large debt load rather than to increase its dividend, following a deal...

    31. October 11, 2010

      Pressure for Djezzy nationalisation rising

      The Algerian government has intensified efforts to nationalise Djezzy, the country’s largest mobile phone operator that is...

    32. October 8, 2010

      Vimpelcom threatens to sue Algeria

      Vimpelcom is warning it could sue the Algiers government if it seeks to nationalise Algeria’s leading mobile phone operator....

    33. October 6, 2010

      Algeria moves to knock Vimpelcom’s plans

      Vimpelcom’s plans to combine with most of the telecoms assets of Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian entrepreneur, have suffered a...

    34. September 30, 2010

      Orascom faces extra Algerian tax bill

      Orascom Telecom says it has received notification from the Algerian authorities that its subsidiary in the country, Djezzy,...

    35. September 29, 2010

      Row escalates over Orascom Algeria unit

      The head of Orascom Telecom’s Algerian subsidiary has been called in for police questioning over allegations that the mobile...

    36. September 22, 2010

      Bellwether shares take toll in Egypt

      Given the state of Middle Eastern markets, a return of over 7 per cent in the year to date is not bad. Only Qatar and...

    37. August 1, 2010

      Upwardly mobile

      In a world where more people have access to mobile phones than to flushing toilets, telecommunications operators in search...

    38. July 5, 2010

      France Telecom hints at new web fees

      France Telecom on Monday signalled that it is preparing to follow the example of AT&T by charging its bandwidth-hungry...

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