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  • *Malaysia caps power investment at 49 pct. KUALA LUMPUR/ SINGAPORE, Aug 4- At least half a dozen suitors have bid for energy assets of Malaysia's debt-laden state fund 1 Malaysia Development Bhd, despite it being at the centre of the country's ongoing political crisis, according to four people familiar with the matter. Infrastructure companies in Malaysia and the...

  • WASHINGTON— The Treasury Department on Monday targeted 11 companies and individuals suspected of providing energy products the Syrian government of Bashar Assad is using in the conflict there. Treasury said many of those targeted are front companies the Syrian government has used to evade U.S. and European Union sanctions. The companies sanctioned are: The...

  • *Oil hit by bearish Reuters July survey on OPEC oil. *5 rigs added this week to U.S. oil rig count- Baker Hughes. NEW YORK, July 31- U.S. crude posted its biggest monthly drop since the 2008 financial crisis on Friday after a string of losses in July triggered by China's stock market slump and signs that top Middle East producers were pumping crude at record levels.

  • DUBAI, Aug 2- Iran plans to buy as many as 90 planes per year from Boeing and Airbus to revamp its antiquated fleet once Western sanctions are lifted, its state news agency IRNA quoted a senior aviation official as saying on Sunday. "Iran will buy a total of 80-90 planes per year from the two aviation giants in the first phase of renovating its air fleet," said Mohammad...

  • Iran sees oil output up 1 mln bpd after curbs end Sunday, 2 Aug 2015 | 1:52 AM ET

    DUBAI, Aug 2- Iran expects to raise oil output by 500,000 barrels per day as soon as sanctions are lifted and by a million bpd within months, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in remarks broadcast on Sunday. According to a Reuters suvey of OPEC production, Iran produced 2.85 million bpd in July. A Reuters analyst said in July that Iran could increase its oil production...

  • WASHINGTON— Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, earned more than $139 million between 2007 and 2014, according to eight years of federal income tax returns released by her campaign on Friday. The bulk of the Clintons' income came from speeches delivered to corporate and interest groups by...

  • LONDON, July 30- Specialist insurance market Lloyd's of London said on Thursday it planned to apply for an onshore reinsurance license and open an office in Malaysia, as part of its push into emerging markets. In Asia, Lloyd's already has an office in Singapore and it opened an office in Dubai earlier this year. Nelson said around $130 million in business was...

  • CAIRO— A Cairo court on Thursday postponed the final verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English reporters for next week, in a blow to the defendants and human rights activists who had expected a resolution to the long-running case. The Qatar- based Al-Jazeera said it was outraged that the verdict has been adjourned and hoped for a swift end to the...

  • DUBAI, July 29- On the first visit to Iran for 12 years by a French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius conveyed an invitation from President Francois Hollande to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to visit France in November, Iranian media said. France hopes to secure business in Iran once Western sanctions are lifted under the nuclear deal, and Fabius said last week...

  • BEIJING/ SINGAPORE, July 29- Any attempt by Iran to sell to China millions of barrels of ultra light crude built up in tankers over the last 2-1/ 2 years of sanctions is likely to be thwarted by poor refining margins and an outage at a major importer of the oil. Traders and company officials say Iran has little choice but to target China to buy the crude known as...

  • Dubai launches expansion of Mideast's biggest port Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 10:11 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— The Middle East's biggest sea port is growing. Dubai port operator DP World said on Tuesday it is beginning a $1.6 billion expansion of the Gulf commercial hub's sprawling Jebel Ali port. Jebel Ali is the centerpiece of government-backed DP World's network of more than 65 marine terminals around the world.

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— The United Arab Emirates has slashed gasoline subsidies, announcing Tuesday that it will raise the cost of a liter of regular gasoline by 24 percent amid globally low oil prices that have cut into the country's revenues. Starting Aug. 1, drivers will pay 2.14 dirhams per liter of gasoline at the pump instead of 1.72 dirhams, or about...

  • LONDON, July 28- Emerging stocks languished near a two-year low on Tuesday after Chinese shares took another beating while currencies, mired around multi-year lows, were pulled in different directions by the rising dollar and falling oil prices. MSCI's emerging market stock index was flat after Chinese shares closed down 1.7 percent with Beijing scrambling...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, July 28- Weakness in global oil benchmark Brent has prompted China to buy more crude from Africa. For the Angolans, the large boost in July exports to China will be a welcome change, as they lost their number two spot behind Saudi Arabia in the first six months of 2015 to Russia, according to Chinese customs data. China imported 19.011 million...

  • *Most insurers in Reuters survey say Iran attractive market. LONDON/ SYDNEY, July 26- Western and Middle East insurance specialists see Iran as an appealing $8 billion market in the wake of its nuclear deal with world powers, though uncertainty over when sanctions on Tehran will be lifted means they are treating the country with caution. Under the accord reached...

  • *Accounted for 45 pct of Dubai's June trading volume. DUBAI, July 23- A surge in shares of Amlak Finance since they returned to Dubai's stock market last month has raised concerns about a new wave of unbridled speculation on one of the region's biggest exchanges. Amlak accounted for 45 percent of total traded value on Dubai's bourse in June, eclipsing much bigger...

  • UAE to scrap subsidized price controls on fuel Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 5:49 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Drivers in the car-loving Emirati cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi can no longer count on below-market rates at the pump after the OPEC nation unveiled plans Wednesday to scrap existing fuel price controls, starting next month. The surprise move announced by the Ministry of Energy comes as the oil-rich United Arab Emirates, the...

  • Foreign investors try to tap into Iran Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    LONDON/ NEW YORK, July 20- A few investors are racing to establish funds for Iran following last week's nuclear deal with world powers, and many others are tapping into multinationals already present in the $400 billion economy. Brokerage Renaissance Capital predicts $1 billion will flow into Iran in the first year after sanctions end, although that is not...

  • DUBAI, July 16- Bond issues by Saudi Arabia's government are expected to be worth tens of billions of dollars by the end of 2015 as the state ramps up debt sales to plug a hole in finances created by low prices for oil exports. Central bank governor Fahad al-Mubarak announced last week that Riyadh had sold its first sovereign bonds since 2007, a 15 billion riyal...

  • WASHINGTON, July 15- President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and nervous allies, insisted on Wednesday the landmark agreement was the only alternative to a nuclear arms race and more war in the Middle East. Obama made his case in a nationally televised news conference responding to critics at home and abroad after...