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Middle East Leaders Address Unemployment in Arab Spring Wake

Middle Eastern politicians and business leaders meet today in Jordan to confront the problems of persistent unemployment and slow economic growth after almost a year of regional unrest.

King Abdullah of Jordan is hosting leaders including Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf at the event, organized by the World Economic Forum, to address job creation in the region. Senior executives from Riyadh-based Saudi Basic Industries Corp., the world’s largest petrochemical maker, the Coca-Cola Co., Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. of China, National Bank of Kuwait and Egypt’s Beltone Financial are also scheduled to attend the event on the Dead Sea, which ends Oct. 23.