February 15th, 2011
11:11 AM GMT
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The World Food Programme is finding it harder to provide food aid in Afghanistan, reports Arwa Damon, due to the impact of rising wheat prices.

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February 15th, 2011
10:47 AM GMT
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So you have just been given your first corporate travel card and told: "Go into the big world and do business." Your first big decision, after where should I go: With whom should I fly?

It used to be really simple. When taking a flight you chose your national flag carrier or whichever airline happened to be going from A to B. When there was a choice, braver hearts might be adventurous and fly an unusual airline to add a bit of local color and mystique to the trip!

But individual airlines couldn't fly to all places and suddenly the world was a small place. Code sharing came along and we found ourselves on those unknown airlines whether we liked it or not. Then, in 1997, code sharing went into overdrive and the airline alliances were born.

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February 15th, 2011
04:04 AM GMT
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Israel and Egypt have benefited from a peace treaty for more than 30 years; however, the current uncertainty over Egypt’s political future has many wondering whether this peace will hold.

Who will succeed Hosni Mubarak? What role will the Muslim Brotherhood play in the country's future? Will democracy and free media take hold in the most populous of Arab countries? And will economic and business factors provide the glue to stop the fabric from splitting apart?

Economic ties between Egypt and Israel are limited but not nonexistent. For example, Israeli-owned textile factories employ thousands of Egyptians. They operate under the Qualifying Industrial Zones, a U.S. initiative that rewards ongoing business and trade relationships such as those in the textile industry.

More than 40% of Israel's natural gas needs are met through the gas pipelines across the northern Sinai. Can economic and trade ties in this fragile region help cement ongoing peace? Tell us your thoughts!

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