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  • *Iran billing new oil contracts in euros- NIOC source. NEW DELHI, Feb 5- Iran wants to recover tens of billions of dollars it is owed by India and other buyers of its oil in euros and is billing new crude sales in euros, too, looking to reduce its dependence on the U.S. dollar following last month's sanctions relief. A source at state-owned National Iranian Oil Co told...

  • SEOUL, Feb 5- Chinese visitors to South Korea are buying less from global luxury mainstays like Louis Vuitton and Chanel in favour of cheaper homegrown brands, as young, independent travellers make up a bigger share of tourists. South Korea trails only Thailand as an overseas destination for Chinese travellers, whose heavy retail spending has helped make South...

  • ISLAMABAD, Feb 4- Pakistan has shelved plans to privatise its power supply companies and will miss deadlines to sell other loss-making state firms, reneging on promises it made to the IMF in return for a $6.7 billion bailout three years ago. Two government officials with direct knowledge of the situation said International Monetary Fund officials who met...

  • ISLAMABAD, Feb 4- Pakistan has shelved plans to privatize its power supply companies and will miss deadlines to sell other loss-making state firms, reneging on promises it made to the IMF in return for a $6.7 billion bailout three years ago. Two government officials with direct knowledge of the situation said International Monetary Fund officials who met...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— A consortium of Gulf Arab investors has agreed to buy a majority stake in Middle Eastern food firm Kuwait Food Company, which operates regional franchises of KFC, Krispy Kreme and other well-known Western brands. Kuwait Food Company is better known as Americana. Founded in 1964, its portfolio includes Mideast franchises of Pizza...

  • The MSCI emerging market benchmark was lifted by stellar gains in Asia as well as an oil-fuelled rise in Russia as crude prices jumped above $35 a barrel, adding to a 7 percent rise on Wednesday. Dollar-denominated stocks in Moscow rose as much as 6 percent while bourses in South Africa, Turkey and Poland all firmed around 1.5 percent. In Asia, Chinese mainland...

  • ISLAMABAD, Feb 4- Pakistan has shelved plans to privatise its power supply companies and will miss deadlines to sell other loss-making state firms, reneging on promises Islamabad had made to the IMF in return for a $6.7 billion bailout three years ago. Two government officials with direct knowledge of the situation said International Monetary Fund officials...

  • DUBAI, Feb 4- An investment firm led by one of Dubai's top businessmen, Mohamed Alabbar has agreed to buy a controlling stake worth $1.7 billion in Kuwait Food Co, from Kuwait's al-Kharafi family. Americana, which owns the Middle East franchises for popular fast food chains KFC and Pizza Hut as well as producing a range of branded consumer foods for markets...

  • *Airlines set for battle to serve Iran market. PARIS/ DUBAI, Feb 4- An economic battle is likely for dominance of the skies over the Gulf after Iran decided to invest $27 billion in an airline fleet capable of taking on the region's supercarriers. By ordering dozens of long-distance European jets last month after the lifting of sanctions, Iran is positioning Tehran...

  • ISLAMABAD, Feb 4- Pakistan has shelved plans to privatise its power supply companies and will miss deadlines to sell other loss-making state firms, reneging on promises Islamabad had made to the IMF in return for a $6.7 billion bailout three years ago. Two government officials with direct knowledge of the situation said International Monetary Fund officials...

  • *Nearly 150 jobs cut in Dubai corporate bank- source. *Bank still has several hundred staff in Dubai- source. DUBAI, Feb 3- Barclays is cutting nearly 150 staff from its corporate banking arm in Dubai as part of a restructuring of the business in the Gulf emirate, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Yahoo is laying off about 1,700 employees and shedding some of its excess baggage in a shake-up likely to determine whether CEO Marissa Mayer can save her own job. The long-anticipated purge, announced Tuesday, will jettison about 15 percent of Yahoo's workforce along with an assortment of services that Mayer decided aren't worth the time and...

  • ADDIS ABABA, Feb 2- China is expected to start work in Djibouti soon on a naval base, Djibouti's president told Reuters, defending Beijing's right to build what will be its first foreign military outpost on one of the world's busiest shipping routes. Strategically located at the southern entrance to the Red Sea on the route to the Suez Canal, Djibouti is already...

  • Oil has fallen from $107 to around $30 in the past 19 months. Furious production by the U.S. and OPEC led to an oversupply. In a recent research note, Goldman Sachs predicted "the path to a rebalanced market will be protracted and arduous."

  • ROME, Feb 2- Italy's Meridiana Fly held talks with the country's development minister on Tuesday about the ailing airline's future, its CEO said after the meeting, but did not comment on speculation Qatar Airways could come to the rescue. I can't say more at this stage, "Meridiana Chief Executive Marco Rigotti said when asked about potential talks with Qatar...

  • The Chilean Health Ministry says all three Zika cases reported Tuesday were contracted outside Chile. It says one person was infected while traveling in Venezuela, one in Colombia and one in Brazil. The World Health Organization says Zika is likely to spread to every country in the Americas where the Aedes aegypti is found.

  • LONDON/ DUBAI, Feb 1- OPEC and non- OPEC countries have not yet agreed to hold a meeting to discuss action to support oil prices, two OPEC delegates said on Monday, nearly a week after Russian officials said Moscow should talk to OPEC. OPEC delegates said last week a gathering of OPEC and non- OPEC oil officials could take place in February or March, perhaps at an expert...

  • The addition of 12 new passenger destinations from Dubai International lifted traffic through the airport as local carriers Emirates and flydubai expanded. Last year saw regional tensions and conflicts in countries including Yemen, Iraq and Syria, but Dubai Airports Chief Executive Paul Griffiths said in a telephone interview: "We haven't seen any impact...

  • MAGALUF, Spain, Jan 29- Set back from the white sand beach which first attracted tourists to Magaluf in the 1960 s, a smart new development is rising- part of the Mallorcan resort's plan to transform itself from an alchohol-fuelled fleshpot awash with young Britons to a high-end holiday destination for families and couples. Magaluf's vision shows how Spain's...

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia/ DUBAI, Jan 28- Russia said on Thursday that OPEC had proposed oil production cuts of up to 5 percent in what would be the first global deal in over a decade to help reduce a glut of crude and prop up sinking prices. It remained unclear whether Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak was referring to a months old proposal by OPEC members...