*Kharafi Group is major shareholder in Kuwait's Zain. Asiacell- 64 percent owned by Qatar's Ooredoo- listed on the ISX in February after selling $1.27 billion of shares in a public sale that was Iraq's largest.
Now, a decade of policy failures in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and elsewhere has sapped public confidence in the ability of the British, French and American experts who control and advise on foreign policy, and with it their ability to convince the public of the necessity for military intervention.
TOKYO, Sept 9- U.S. crude futures fell below $110 a barrel on Monday as investors took profits following gains of 3 percent in the last two sessions, underpinned by uncertainty over a possible U.S. military strike against Syria.
*Egypt increasingly reliant on Gulf economic ties. CAIRO/ DUBAI, Sept 1- With the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic finance has lost strong political support in the most populous Arab nation. The market share of Islamic banks in Egypt is only about 5 percent, well below estimates of roughly 25 percent in the developed Arab economies of the Gulf.
DOHA/ CAIRO, Aug 30- Saudi Arabia, a supporter of rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, has raised its level of military alertness in anticipation of a possible Western strike in Syria, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.
KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Aug 29- Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have shelved their project to develop the Dorra offshore gas field after disagreeing over how to share the gas back on land, a senior Kuwaiti energy source said. A route via Saudi Arabia raises security of supply issues for Kuwait.
*Region in many ways well prepared for Syria escalation. DUBAI, Aug 29- Wealthy Gulf Arab economies are probably not as vulnerable to the effects of a widening of the conflict in Syria as steep falls in their stock markets this week suggest.
Aug 29- The prospect of a U.S. military strike on Syria has stoked fears that Damascus, or its closest ally Iran, may retaliate against U.S. allies in the Gulf- all leading global oil or gas suppliers.
CAIRO, Aug 28- Egypt's cabinet approved on Wednesday an additional 22.3 billion Egyptian pounds in spending on investment projects to boost the economy over the coming 10 months, Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Bahaa el-Din said.
CAIRO, Aug 28- Egypt's interim cabinet will approve a plan on Wednesday to stimulate the economy over the next nine months, al-Ahram newspaper quoted Planning Minister Ashraf al-Arabi as saying. Part of the new investment would be directed in particlular towards Egypt's impoverished south.
MOSCOW, Aug 27- Oil prices rose to a six-month high on Tuesday as Western powers readied a military strike against Syria, and traders and analysts cited concerns over stability in the Middle East. * "Syria is not a major oil producer, nor is it a major transit point for oil and gas exports," said Julian Jessop, head of commodities research at Capital Economics.
RIYADH, Aug 26- A scuffle broke the reflective atmosphere of Friday prayers in Riyadh's al-Ferdous mosque after the imam deplored the recent bloody crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protesters by the military in nearby Egypt. "For Riyadh to be in the frontline of a confrontation like what is taking place in Egypt is unprecedented.
DUBAI, Aug 26- A consortium of central banks from Asia, the Middle East and Africa has taken a first step towards developing a cross-border market in Islamic financial instruments by issuing a $490 million sukuk. The three-month Islamic bonds, denominated in U.S. dollars, were issued by the Malaysia- based International Islamic Liquidity Management Corp.
CAIRO, Aug 21- Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak will leave jail as early as Thursday after a court ruling that jolted a divided nation already in turmoil seven weeks after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. Two groups of activists have already called for sit-ins in Cairo to protest against his expected release.
CAIRO, Aug 21- Deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak will leave jail as early as Thursday after a court ruling that jolted a divided nation already in turmoil seven weeks after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.
*Foreign financing gap has dropped to $5 bln from $19 bln. CAIRO, Aug 20- Egypt plans to avoid raising taxes or cutting spending but instead use billions of dollars in aid pledged by Gulf Arab states to spur the economy through new investments, Finance Minister Ahmed Galal said on Tuesday.
*Saudi Arabia pledges more aid to Egypt if needed. *Union Properties continues surge in Dubai. DUBAI, Aug 20- Egypt's bourse snapped a three-session losing streak on Tuesday after authorities arrested Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie, raising hopes among some investors that the government would succeed in dampening down unrest.
*Egypt may get many more billions from Gulf if needed. Clashes between followers of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and security forces have caused the deaths of at least 830 people since Wednesday, the worst political bloodletting to rock Egypt in recent history.
*Qatar index makes second rise above 10,000 points. *Egypt's stability may be temporary. DUBAI, Aug 19- Qatar's bourse rose back above the psychologically important level of 10,000 points on Monday, buoyed by second-quarter corporate earnings and government budget plans, while Egypt stabilised after big losses due to political violence.
*To import less crude from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait and Qatar. SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, Aug 19- Japanese oil refiners will cut their capacity to the lowest in four decades next year to meet a government deadline, slashing the country's Middle East imports and tightening regional fuel supplies.