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Divorce rate falls among Saudis, but marriages drop even more
Data show that the numbers of marriages and divorces in the Saudi kingdom are falling precipitously. Both economic problems and radical changes in the country's culture seem to be the causes of the phenomenon.
08/04/2008 SOUTH ASIA
Sri Lanka and Pakistan excluded from the tourism boom of the subcontinent
The two countries represent the only exceptions to the general growth of tourism in the region. Among the leading causes, political instability and terrorism. In Nepal, after the peace agreement with the Maoists, +27%.
Global economic crisis impacts on Nepal’s migrant workers
Departures for foreign countries are down by 10 per cent. Manpower agencies are losing applicants but job placement through personal contacts is up.
Asian markets down as fears over exports to US grow
Tokyo and Hong Kong lose almost 3 per cent. US data show drop in retail sales. In China industrial profits plunge 32.3 per cent in first quarter.
27/05/2008 SAUDI ARABIA
Forced to divorce, Saudi couple appeals to UN
A religious tribunal heeds divorce request by the wife’s brother on the grounds that her husband is from a tribal group that was not prestigious enough. The case has led to the involvement of a UN expert on the matter but to no effect. It has also highlighted the singular plight of divorced non-Saudi women.
20/01/2009 SAUDI ARABIA
Arab petrochemical and real estate giants in crisis
In Kuwait City Arab states call for greater economic integration but postpone major decisions. Leading Arab petrochemical giant sees net income drop 95 per cent.
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