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  • DUBAI, Oct 13- Most major stock markets in the Middle East rebounded on Monday, led by bourses in Dubai and Saudi Arabia, as global equities stabilised and several companies in the region reported strong quarterly earnings. The main indexes in Dubai and Saudi Arabia plunged 6.5 percent. But although Dubai tumbled as much as 2.7 percent early on Monday, it closed 1.9...

  • Secretary of State John Kerry called on Sunday for a renewed commitment to achieving Middle East peace, saying a lasting deal between Israel, the Palestinians and all their neighbors could be achieved. "Out of this conference must come not just money but a renewed commitment from everybody to work for peace that meets the aspirations of all, for Israelis, for...

  • SINGAPORE Oct 9- U.S. crude futures climbed towards $88 a barrel on Thursday, rebounding after falling to their lowest level in 18 months on a weaker dollar and a draw on inventories at the Cushing delivery hub. *U.S. crude inventories surged by 5 million barrels in the week to Oct. 3, far higher than the 1.5 million barrel build forecast by analysts, data from the U.S....

  • PENPIX-Who runs the militant group Islamic State? Friday, 3 Oct 2014 | 12:25 PM ET

    BEIRUT, Oct 3- Islamic State, a Sunni Muslim militant group, has seized a third of Syria and large areas of Iraq and this year proclaimed a caliphate across the two countries in the heart of the Middle East. The group, which U.S-led forces are bombing in Iraq and Syria, is made up of thousands of fighters from both countries as well as foreign recruits from around the...

  • *Shares in Emaar Malls Group rise 12.1 pct on Dubai bourse debut. DUBAI, Oct 2- Dubai's Emaar Properties plans to float its Egyptian unit in about June 2015 and may also take its hotels subsidiary public after the successful listing of its malls and retail business, the company's chairman said on Thursday. Emaar, Dubai's largest listed property developer, sold a...

  • *Shares in Emaar Malls Group rise 12.1 pct on Dubai bourse debut. DUBAI, Oct 2- Dubai's Emaar Properties plans to float its Egyptian unit in about June 2015 and may also take its hotels subsidiary public after the successful listing of its malls and retail business, the company's chairman said on Thursday. Emaar, Dubai's largest listed property developer, sold a...

  • *Sisi hails Suez Canal expansion as flagship project. CAIRO, Sept 30- In his first 100 days in office, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made a fast start on economic reform: slashing costly fuel subsidies, raising taxes and devising infrastructure projects to secure long-term revenues and ease unemployment.

  • DUBAI, Sept 29- Dubai's Emaar Properties has priced the initial share sale of its malls business at the top end of the proposed range, marking another milestone in the return of investor confidence in the Gulf Arab state after the financial crisis.

  • CAIRO, Sept 28- Egypt plans to invest $14.5 billion in developing its refining and petrochemicals sectors over the next five years, its oil minister said, as part of efforts to overcome an energy crisis that has led to near-daily power cuts and hit company profits.

  • DUBAI, Sept 16- The opening of Saudi Arabia's stock market to direct foreign investment early next year is set to coincide with a pick-up in earnings growth in the kingdom, which has lagged the region in the past few years.

  • CAIRO, Sept 15- Egypt's tourism industry, battered by three years of political upheaval, violence and street protests, could fully recover by the end of next year if regional turmoil does not spread to the Arab world's biggest country, the tourism minister said.

  • CAIRO, Sept 15- Egypt's tourism industry, battered by three years of political upheaval and street protests, could fully recover by the end of 2015 if current levels of stability persist, the tourism minister said.

  • Islamic State's Twitter silence raises questions Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 7:59 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON, Sept 12- Islamic State's Twitter users, which have trumpeted the group's violent acts and worldview on the social media service, have gone abruptly quiet in past days.

  • *Cash-strapped Gaza under Israel- Egypt blockade. *Political infighting may impede Gaza recovery. GAZA/ NAHAL OZ, Israel, Sept 12- Fifty days of war in one of the most densely populated parts of the world have left swathes of Gaza in ruins.

  • Palestinian salaries dispute puts Gaza peace at risk Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 9:23 AM ET

    GAZA/ JERUSALEM, Sept 10- Tensions between Fatah and Hamas, the two main Palestinian parties, are close to breaking point over the non-payment of salaries to Gaza's public sector workers, raising the risk of a return to conflict in the territory, officials say.

  • Ahmed Heikal, chairman of Qalaa Holdings, one of the companies taking part in the expansion of the Suez Canal, says the project will be delivered on time.

  • Founded in Gaza in 1987, Hamas now stretches across region. JERUSALEM/ GAZA, Aug 25- Founded by just seven people in Gaza, Hamas now has political and military leaders spread across the Arab world, complicating its ability to send a unified message for negotiating an end to a seven-week war with Israel.

  • BENGHAZI, Libya/ CAIRO, Aug 25- The Libyan parliament that was replaced in an election in June reconvened on Monday and chose an Islamist-backed deputy as prime minister, leaving the chaotic country with two rival leaders and assemblies each backed by armed factions.

  • CAIRO/ BENGHAZI, Aug 25- Libya wants the international community to help protect its oilfields, airports and other state assets as it is too weak to stop armed groups fighting for control, its ambassador in Cairo said on Monday.

  • LIBYA IS UNABLE TO PROTECT OILFIELDS AND OTHER STATE ASSETS, NEEDS FOREIGN HELP- LIBYAN AMBASSADOR IN CAIRO.