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  • *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.

  • Germany backpedals on claim Qatar funds extremists Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 7:50 AM ET

    BERLIN— Germany is seeking to calm a diplomatic spat with Qatar after the Gulf nation took umbrage at a German official's claim that it is funding the extremist Islamic State group. Gerd Mueller told public broadcaster ZDF that "the key word is Qatar."

  • 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.

  • *Saudi kings gives $1 bln to Lebanese army. ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF ARSAL, Lebanon Aug 6- L ebanon's army and Islamist militants clashed on Wednesday in breach of a ceasefire aimed at ending five days of fighting in the most serious spillover of Syria's civil war onto Lebanese soil.

  • Lebanon ceasefire falters; Saudi offers $1 bln to army Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 3:59 AM ET

    *Saudi kings gives $1 bln to Lebanese army. BEIRUT, Aug 6- The Lebanese army and Islamist militants clashed on Wednesday despite a 24- hour ceasefire agreed to end five days of fighting that has killed dozens of people in the most serious spillover of Syria's three-year civil war into Lebanon.

  • *India blocked WTO treaty on simplifying global customs rules. *India is largely excluded from a rush to negotiate in smaller groups. GENEVA, Aug 4- India has dealt a potentially fatal blow to the World Trade Organization's hopes of modernising the rules of global commerce and remaining the central forum for multilateral trade deals.

  • *Comment comes after India derails global trade talks over food security objections. NEW DELHI/ GENEVA, Aug 1- India is willing to sign a global trade deal, which it has torpedoed, if other World Trade Organization members can agree to its parallel demand for concessions on stockpiling food, senior officials in New Delhi said on Friday.

  • *India derails global trade talks over food security objections. Secretary of State John Kerry told Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday that India's refusal to sign a global trade deal sent the wrong signal, and he urged New Delhi to work to resolve the row as soon as possible.

  • *India derails global trade talks over food security objections. *Bloc of member states could exclude India and forge ahead.

  • SYDNEY/ GENEVA Aug 1- Several member states of the World Trade Organization voiced frustration after India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling led to the collapse of the first major global trade reform pact in two decades.

  • SINGAPORE, July 30- Boeing has this year raised by 7 percent its forecast for global demand for commercial airline pilots to 533,000 over the next 20 years, citing rising deliveries of aircraft and buoyant demand from the Asia Pacific. In June, Boeing said that airlines are projected to order 36,800 new planes worth $5.2 trillion over the next 20 years.

  • GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 29- Israel's military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country should prepare for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave, squashing any hopes of a swift end to 22 days of fighting. Gaza residents reported heavy Israeli bombing in Gaza City.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on enclave be lifted. *One killed in West Bank march is support of Gaza. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon expressed horror at the Thursday attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on enclave be lifted. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 24- Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school on Thursday, killing at least 15 people as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict climbed over 760 and attempts at a truce remained elusive.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on enclave be lifted. The Israeli military said its troops were fighting gunmen from Hamas, which runs Gaza, in the area and that it was investigating the incident.