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  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1230 GMT / 8.30 AM ET Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 8:55 AM ET

    PARIS- Arnaud Montebourg, a fierce critic of budget austerity, is named French economy minister in a reshuffled government that President Francois Hollande has charged with halting France's economic decline. EU regulators fine Goldman Sachs, Prysmian for cable cartel.

  • NEW YORK, March 31- A New York judge has allowed Chevron Corp to sue Patton Boggs over claims that the Washington law and lobbying firm engaged in fraud while trying to enforce a multibillion-dollar environmental judgment for a group of Ecuadorean villagers.

  • DOHA, March 27- Qatar announced contracts worth about $23 billion on Thursday to buy attack helicopters, guided missiles, tankers and other weapons from Boeing Co, Airbus and other arms makers as the Gulf state accelerates its military build-up. The weapons purchases include large deals with Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and others.

  • *Boeing gets contract for 24 Apache attack helicopters. DOHA, March 27- Qatar announced contracts worth about $23 billion on Thursday to buy attack helicopters, guided missiles, tankers and other weapons from Boeing Co, Airbus and other arms makers as the Gulf state accelerates its military build-up.

  • DOHA, March 19- Qatar has issued a new tender for phase one of its Doha Metro, a key infrastructure project in the Gulf country as it prepares to host the 2022 World Cup. Qatar awarded four design-and-build contracts worth about $8.2 billion for phase one of the Doha Metro last year.

  • KUWAIT, March 12- A diplomatic rift between Qatar and three other Gulf Arab countries had no effect on a meeting of Gulf central bank governors on Wednesday, the region's first high-level gathering since the dispute, host Kuwait said.

  • BERLIN, March 6- Europe's Airbus has ordered more frequent inspections of the wings of the world's largest passenger jet after discovering unexpected levels of metal fatigue during testing on an A380 factory mock-up, industry sources said on Thursday.

  • Gulf's rift over Qatar may slow investment, reforms Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    *Qatar's wealth means it doesn't need GCC. DUBAI, March 5- A diplomatic split between Qatar and its wealthy Gulf neighbours may disrupt billions of dollars of investment in the region and slow efforts to make economies more efficient through trade and transport reforms.

  • LONDON, March 5- Russian shares fell again and the rouble slipped towards record lows on Wednesday as investors remained wary about a standoff between Russia and Ukraine in Crimea. Putin has left all his options open, " Thu Lan Nguyen, emerging market strategist at Commerzbank in Frankfurt, said.

  • UPDATE 1-Qatar's first IPO since 2010 fully subscribed Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 | 8:23 AM ET

    *Offer completed ahead of MSCI upgrade of Qatar. DOHA, Jan 22- Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding Co, a unit of state-owned Qatar Petroleum, raised 3.2 billion riyals in the Qatari stock market's first initial public offer of shares since 2010, the parent firm said on Wednesday.

  • Could 2014 be the year for sukuk bonds? Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    Islamic bond issues could hit record levels this year, Fitch said on Thursday — the same day as Qatar launched a $3 billion issue of "sukuks".

  • DUBAI, Jan 15- Moelis& Co, an independent investment bank, is set to hire Rami Touma, previously the Qatari investment banking head for Credit Suisse, to help boost its Middle Eastern operations, said four banking and industry sources aware of the matter.

  • LONDON, Dec 23- The Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad has received substantial imports of Iraqi crude oil from an Egyptian port in the last nine months, shipping and payments documents show, part of an under-the-radar trade that has kept his military running despite Western sanctions.

  • DOHA, Dec 23- Qatar wants to help Iran to develop its share of the world's biggest gas field so both countries can reap the maximum long-term rewards, sources at state-run Qatar Petroleum say.

  • KUWAIT, Dec 9- Saudi Arabia's dream of binding the Gulf Arab states into a union will get a sceptical hearing at a summit this week, with differences over Iran, Egypt and Syria demonstrating that the Gulf's absolute monarchs do not all speak with one voice.

  • DUBAI, Dec 9- Three state-owned Gulf firms are considering a joint bid for a minority stake in Occidental Petroleum Corp's Middle East and North Africa unit, a deal that could be worth between $8 billion and $10 billion, three banking sources said.

  • NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Dec 7- The World Trade Organization reached its first ever trade reform deal on Saturday to the roar of approval from nearly 160 ministers who had gathered on the Indonesian island of Bali to decide on the make-or-break agreement that could add $1 trillion to the global economy.

  • NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Dec 7- Ministers appeared close to sealing the world's biggest trade reform for two decades early on Saturday but a last-gasp objection from Cuba forced an overnight halt, leaving the World Trade Organization four votes short of a final victory.

  • *Cuba could veto, but diplomats expect deal to be agreed. NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Dec 7- Ministers appeared close to sealing the world's biggest trade reform for two decades early on Saturday after India, the most vocal holdout, endorsed a draft text presented by the head of the World Trade Organization.

  • *India withdraws objections, hailing a victory for global community. *Cuba could veto, but diplomats expect deal to be agreed.

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