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  • Doha chooses October for 2019 bid for worlds Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 12:24 PM ET

    Organizers of Doha's bid for the 2019 athletics world championships say hosting the event in October will alleviate problems of desert heat. Doha is competing against Eugene, Oregon, and Barcelona, Spain, in Tuesday's IAAF vote in Monaco. Bid leader Dahlan al Hamad says morning temperatures in October will be 34 to 35 degrees Celsius and evenings will be 30...

  • French lawmakers seek clarity on Qatar tax breaks Thursday, 6 Nov 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    PARIS, Nov 6- The finance committee of the French parliament has called for a report by mid-2015 on controversial tax breaks on property deals granted to states including Qatar, France's closest Gulf ally. In Qatar's case the concessions were granted by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008 and exempt Qatari investors from taxes on profits made when they sell...

  • What countries lose when oil prices drop Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 3:13 PM ET
    Oil workers conduct a drill in a petroleum well in Lagunillas at the east coast of Lake Maracaibo near Maracaibo City in Venezuela.

    Countries around the world that rely on oil revenues are bracing for an imminent economic and budget hit.

  • OTTAWA/ TORONTO, Nov 4- Canada expects to finalize the creation of a yuan clearing hub in the country, sources familiar with the government's talks with Chinese officials said on Tuesday, with an announcement expected during Prime Minister Stephen Harper's trip to China later this week. China has in the past two years appointed clearing banks for Taiwan,...

  • OTTAWA, Nov 4- Canada expects to finalize the creation of a yuan clearing hub in the country, a source familiar with the government's talks with Chinese officials said on Tuesday, with an announcement expected during Prime Minister Stephen Harper's trip to China in the coming week. China has in the past two years appointed clearing banks for Taiwan, Singapore,...

  • *Coincides with other Qatar investment deals with China. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China's Doha branch has been appointed as the clearing bank for yuan deals in Qatar, China's central bank said on Tuesday. "The signing of the MoU and the appointment of the renminbi clearing bank will increase the strong ties between China and Qatar and position Qatar as...

  • *Kuwait says moving ahead with privatisation programme. *Partial deregulation, financing schemes in Saudi, UAE. DUBAI, Oct 26- Kuwait's privately owned Jazeera Airways is preparing to bid for a big stake in state-run flag carrier Kuwait Airways, Jazeera's chairman told Reuters.

  • *UAE, Qatar change direction as Western markets dip. DUBAI, Oct 20- Most Middle Eastern stock markets fell on Monday as a rebound by global equities turned out to be short-lived, but Saudi Arabia's bourse rose after a string of strong quarterly earnings. Stock indexes in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar rose in early trade but quickly gave up all their gains after...

  • ROME, Oct 15- India has until next Tuesday to support a global trade deal struck last year or risk being left out of the agreement to ease worldwide customs rules, the chairman of EU trade ministers said on Wednesday. India in July blocked what would have been the first global trade reform in two decades, which according to some estimates would add $1 trillion and 21...

  • Retail consultancy Verdict predicts the global sector should return to growth in 2014 and expand by 22 percent to about $450 billion by 2019. The recovery will be driven by expansion in emerging markets, with China set to account for 30 percent of total spend five years from now. Pioneered in France, Britain and the United States from around the 1840 s by...

  • Oil heads to bear market as Saudis signal price war Thursday, 2 Oct 2014 | 1:19 PM ET
    Workers at an oil facility near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    Oil could continue its deep slide, under new pressure from Saudi Arabia's decision to cut its selling price rather than cut production.

  • Airbus says in final stages of A320neo ground tests Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 9:54 AM ET

    PARIS, Sept 16- Airbus is conducting the final stage of ground trials as it edges towards the keenly-awaited first flight of its revamped A320neo aircraft, the planemaker said on Tuesday. Airbus is sticking to its target for a first flight in the third quarter, or by the end of September, the spokesman said.

  • *Riyadh seeks strong Sunni representation in Iraq government. The Al Saud have long seen the conflicts in Iraq and Syria as a pivotal battle for the future of the Middle East, pitting Sunni Muslims against a radical, revolutionary, Shi'ite Iran.

  • *Qatar seeks to free more US hostages in Syria- source. DOHA, Aug 26- Qatar is working to help free four Americans held hostage in Syria by various armed groups, a Gulf source familiar with the matter said on Monday, a day after the Gulf Arab state's diplomacy helped free a journalist held since 2012..

  • 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.

  • Al Jazeera rejects allegations over Current TV deal Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 6:04 PM ET
    Former Vice President Al Gore addresses Climate Reality Leadership trainees, March 13, 2014, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Al Jazeera on Tuesday rejected allegations from Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, saying they were false and potentially misleading.

  • *Oil price at level seen as favourable by Saudi Arabia. LONDON/ DUBAI, Aug 19- OPEC is not worried about a slide in oil prices towards $100 a barrel, delegates from the producer group said, with current levels seen as acceptable for producers while higher seasonal demand in the coming weeks was expected to support the market.

  • BEIJING, Aug 18- China said on Monday it regretted World Trade Organisation members had failed to reach an agreement on simplifying global customs rules, a breakdown it said could damage multilateral trade.

  • *Saudi kings gives $1 bln to Lebanese army. ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF ARSAL, Lebanon Aug 6- L ebanon's army surrounded a border town occupied by Islamist militants on Wednesday as mediators reported progress in negotiations to end to the most serious spillover of Syria's civil war yet onto Lebanese soil.

  • *Saudi kings gives $1 bln to Lebanese army. ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF ARSAL, Lebanon Aug 6- L ebanon's army surrounded a border town occupied by Islamist militants on Wednesday, arresting men and evacuating refugees as the most serious spillover of Syria's civil war onto Lebanese soil lurched into its fifth day.