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  • As a group of World Trade Organization members prepares to meet in the Swiss resort of Davos to discuss the 2015 agenda, Froman called for "soul-searching" about the next steps for the 20- year-old institution, which late last year clinched the first global deal in its history. In an opinion piece to be published on Reuters, Froman said success in cutting customs...

  • *Budget deficits this year could total $80- 100 billion. DUBAI, Jan 19- Plunging oil prices could prompt Gulf Arab sovereign wealth funds to pull tens of billions of dollars out of global markets this year, with much of the money expected to come out of U.S. dollar debt and deposits with banks abroad. They have grown rapidly; including the foreign assets of Saudi...

  • *Egypt's Ezz Steel jumps on borrowing plans. Saudi Arabia's biggest listed company gained despite poor earnings, a fresh sign that the market may have bottomed. Saudi Arabia's equities benchmark rose 0.9 percent and Saudi Basic Industries climbed 1.1 percent to 79.25 riyals after falling as much as 1.1 percent in the opening minutes.

  • *Qatar could invest in energy, tourism, property sectors. DOHA, Jan 15- Qatar is considering funding projects in Venezuela, industry and diplomatic sources said, as the Latin American state lobbies fellow crude producers to help repair the damage done to its economy by plummeting oil revenues. Industry sources in Qatar said on Thursday the country was still...

  • CARACAS, Jan 12- Venezuela is securing financing from Qatari banks, President Nicolas Maduro said from Doha on Monday, as he seeks to boost his country's coffers amid falling oil prices and a recession. Venezuela depends on oil for 96 percent of its export revenue. Credit Suisse estimates Venezuela faces a foreign exchange financing gap of some $33.9 billion...

  • *Property stocks lead gains in Dubai. DUBAI, Jan 11- Most Gulf stock markets maintained their positive momentum on Sunday, supported by good corporate news, but major petrochemical producer Industries Qatar tumbled and dragged down the Doha bourse after announcing a dividend cut. Industries Qatar plunged its daily 10 percent limit as Qatar's index dropped 2.4...

  • *Bourse merger speculation lifts Dubai's DFM. DUBAI, Jan 8- Gulf stock markets extended gains on Thursday after oil rebounded slightly from its Wednesday low and several companies made positive announcements. Supported by a fall in U.S. crude oil inventories, Brent futures traded above $51 per barrel on Thursday after briefly dropping below $50 in the previous...

  • Cramer: As ISIS grows, so do defense stocks Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 6:56 PM ET
    A KC-135 Stratotanker from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., refuels a B-1B Lancer during a training exercise Sept. 23, 2014, over South Dakota.

    As the U.S. reduces its military budget, Jim Cramer sees allied countries are arming themselves. This is good news for one group of stocks.

  • *Russi energy min shares OPEC view market will stabilize itself. A near- $20 drop in prices since OPEC declined to cut output at a Nov. 27 meeting has yet to prompt the Gulf members- who overruled calls for output cuts by poorer members such as Venezuela- to reverse course. Russia has said it would not cut production even if oil prices fell below $60 per barrel- far below...

  • DOHA, Dec 16- Russia said on Tuesday it would not cut oil output to help prop up prices and refrained from calling on OPEC to do so despite its economy showing signs of severe stress and its currency collapsing to record lows. Oil prices dropped to near $59 per barrel on Tuesday for the first time since 2009 after OPEC member the United Arab Emirates reinforced on...

  • Airbus A350 delivery on hold   Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Phil Han reports on the unexpected delay in the delivery of Airbus' brand new A350 aircraft to Qatar Airways.

  • Canary Wharf's Songbird Estates rebuffs raised bid Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    The owner of London's Canary Wharf on Friday rebuffed a raised $4.1 billion bid from Qatar and a North American investor.

  • CAIRO, Nov 28- Egypt has paid back $2.5 billion that Qatar deposited with it to help prop up the Egyptian central bank's hard currency reserves, a central bank official said on Friday night, as the Qatari foreign minister arrived in Cairo for Arab League talks. The payment brings the amount Egypt has returned to Qatar to $6 billion, leaving $500 million outstanding,...

  • Foreign governments buying up London   Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 AM ET
    London Shard

    CNBC's Phil Han takes a look at which foreign governments are buying up big chunks of prime London real estate.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • US Soccer chief (an economist) wants big changes Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 12:57 PM ET
    FIFA President Joseph S Blatter presents Qatar for the host of 2022 FIFA World Cup.

    The top soccer official in the U.S. wants to change the way FIFA, soccer's world governing body, does business.

  • Heat’s off Qatar World Cup workers after reforms Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 8:48 AM ET

    Qatar has introduced reforms aimed at its migrant workforce following criticism of conditions at its sites for the 2022 World Cup.

  • Possible Gaza sticking point: Hamas' payroll Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 11:00 AM ET
    Israeli soldiers ride on an armored personnel carrier outside the Gaza Strip.

    Before fighting in Gaza can end, Hamas may need to address a problem—its payroll.

  • Qatar needs to fully address criticisms: Pro   Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 | 11:42 PM ET
    Qatar needs to fully address criticisms: Pro

    James Dorsey, Senior Fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, discusses whether corruption and labor abuse claims could cost Qatar hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup.