: Lebanon's information portal International 144 33 Pilots at Lufthansa start 15hour strike in contract dispute Pilots on Lufthansa's long-haul fleet have started a 15-hour walkout at the airline's main Frankfurt hub in a festering contract dispute. The Vereinigung Cockpit union called members out on strike from 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) Tuesday Number of real estate transactions in Lebanon up 3% in first eight months of 2014 Figures released by the Ministry of Finance indicate that the total number of real estate transactions reached 45,348 in the first eight months of 2014, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon This Week’ reported. This constitutes an increase Consumer Price Index up 2.7% year-on-year in August 2014 The Central Administration of Statistics' Consumer Price Index increased by 2.7% in August 2014 from August 2013, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon This Week’ reported. Prices of clothing & footwear increased by 20%, followed Bassil launches expat investment project from Los Angeles Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Gibran Bassil, urged Lebanese expatriates to invest and aid their country during the launching ceremony of "We Invest to Stay" project in Los Angeles. The project is based on the financial Salameh sponsors conference on regional banking system, says BDL foreign assets 'the highest in history' Lebanese Central Bank governor, Riad Salameh, on Thursday patronized a conference on the current trends and future of the region's banking system, in collaboration with Al Bank Wal Mustathmer Group, at Four Seasons Hotel, Beirut. "The Royal Jordanian and MEA enter new free sale codeshare agreement Royal Jordanian and Middle East Airlines- Air Liban on Tuesday concluded a new bilateral free sale codeshare agreement that will be implemented as of mid this month. Under the terms of the agreement, RJ will place its marketing carrier Coincident Indicator continues to reflect economic slowdown in Lebanon The Central Bank's Coincident Indicator, an index of economic activity in Lebanon, reached 273.4 points in June 2014 compared to 283.6 in May 2014 and 265.5 in June 2013, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon This Week’ reported. The Car sales in Lebanon up 6% in first eight months of 2014 Figures released by the Association of Automobile Importers in Lebanon (AIA) indicate that 25,357 new passenger cars were sold in the first eight months of 2014, constituting an increase of 5.6% from 24,009 cars sold in the same period Kafalat loan guarantees up 2% to $76m in first eight months of 2014 Figures released by the Kafalat Corporation show that loans extended to small- and medium-size companies under the guarantee of Kafalat reached $76.1m in the first eight months of 2014, up 1.9% from $74.7m in the same period last year, Lebanon receives 10 million USD grant from World Bank Credit Fund The Credit Fund, run by the World Bank, launched on Friday during a ceremony held at the Finance Ministry a project to support Lebanese regions hosting Syrian refugees. During during the ceremony, Finance Minister, Ali Hassan Khalil,