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Syria opens its first privately owned winery, East Africa gets wired up to global broadband, and business booms for the small weapons trade. In Europe, Barcelona takes a cue from the Gulf and starts a major investment in its airline.

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Syria [WINE]

Lebanese wine is no longer a novelty for connoisseurs but Syrian wine definitely is. Brothers Karim and Sandro Saadé, who come from a Lebanese family with Syrian ancestry, have decided to open the first privately owned winery in the country.

Bargylus, which is the Roman name for the Alawite mountain in northern Syria’s Lattakieh region, is to become a boutique producing, turning out 50,000 bottles a year, under the supervision of a top French wine consultant, Stéphane Derenon-Court.

But is has not been a simple task get…


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