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  • ROME/ MILAN, April 23- An Italian union said on Wednesday that it is willing to enter negotiations to help to meet conditions set by Etihad Airways for investing in Alitalia after talks between the airlines stalled over debt and job cuts.

  • Late Easter weighs on Six Flags attendance, sales Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    Amusement park operator Six Flags Entertainment Corp. said Wednesday that a late Easter pushed many school vacations into the second quarter, hurting attendance and sales at its parks. Revenue fell 16 percent, to $73.7 million from $87.5 million, in the January-March quarter.

  • TRIPOLI, April 23- Libya plans deep austerity measures to tackle a budget deficit expected to reach up to 10 billion Libyan dinars this year due to rebel blockades which have strangled oil production, a senior lawmaker told Reuters. Libya traditionally runs large surpluses thanks to oil export revenues.

  • Amnesty: Qatar fails to protect domestic workers Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 2:03 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— An international human rights group has slammed Qatar for failing to protect foreign maids and other domestic workers from exploitation, adding pressure on the Gulf state over its labor practices as it gears up to host the 2022 World Cup.

  • Amnesty: Qatar fails to protect domestic workers Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 7:44 PM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— An international human rights group has slammed Qatar for failing to protect foreign maids and other domestic workers from exploitation, adding pressure on the Gulf state over its labor practices as it gears up to host the 2022 World Cup.

  • Bernanke regrets not explaining crisis better Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 3:46 PM ET

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said he could have done a better job in helping people understand the action the central bank took during the financial crisis.

  • DUBAI, April 22- Dubai's Emaar Properties reported a 55 percent rise in first-quarter net profit on Tuesday, as the region's economic recovery brought consumers back to its malls and shopping units, and house buyers returned to the market.

  • DUBAI, April 20- Saudi Basic Industries Corp reported a dip in its quarterly earnings on Sunday as its chief executive said a shortage of natural gas was limiting its domestic growth, making expansion abroad vital.

  • *Stance does not mean deal is off- UAE- based source. ROME, April 17- Etihad Airways has toughened its stance on conditions for investing in Italy's struggling Alitalia in continuing negotiations between the airlines, sources close to the matter said on Thursday.

  • Mubadala posts strong profits for Abu Dhabi Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:28 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Abu Dhabi's Mubadala state investment company says profits last year tripled to roughly $395 million on the back of a strong performance from international investments. Mubadala's mandate is to diversify Abu Dhabi's oil-rich economy.

  • DUBAI, April 17- Amina al-Rustamani, a member of a prominent UAE family, raised eyebrows among friends and relatives when she started her career in Dubai 13 years ago as an electrical engineer, becoming one of few females in the Middle East to enter the profession.

  • *CEO says Israel is holding Palestinian economy hostage. *Israel imposed economic sanctions on Palestinians last week. DUBAI, April 15- The boss of a telecoms company accused Israel of using sanctions to hold the Palestinian economy hostage after the Jewish state stopped his firm from importing equipment to launch services in Gaza.

  • Spain eyes stronger economic ties with UAE visit Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 4:56 AM ET

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates— King Juan Carlos of Spain began a visit to the Persian Gulf region on Monday by telling United Arab Emirates officials that deepening ties with their oil-rich country was a top priority, highlighting the role wealthy Arab states could play in shoring up the battered Spanish economy.

  • Dubai International, which handled 66.4 million passengers in 2013, making it the world's second busiest airport for international passenger traffic after London's Heathrow, will cut flights by 26 percent for an 80- day period, Dubai's airports authority said on Sunday.

  • Mideast's busiest air hub plans runway overhaul Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 6:34 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Officials say Dubai airport, the Mideast's busiest, will undergo a major runway overhaul starting next month that will see more than a dozen airlines shift flights to another airport in the city. The work begins May 1 and runs through July 20.

  • UAE unveils new law in wider push for job creation Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 6:17 AM ET

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates— The United Arab Emirates finance minister said Sunday that officials are finalizing a new law to boost entrepreneurship with broad incentives, part of a wider push to create jobs for a burgeoning young population.

  • ABU DHABI, April 13- State-owned Abu Dhabi Ports Co expects a surge in shipping traffic towards the end of this year as work on major infrastructure projects in the United Arab Emirates capital gathers pace, the company's chief executive said.

  • Six Flags theme park planned for Dubai Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 4:32 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Dubai could soon have some new roller coasters to go with its man-made islands and the world's tallest skyscraper. Newspapers in the Middle Eastern emirate reported Sunday that local property developer Meraas Holding has reached a deal with Six Flags Entertainment to build a theme park in the city's largely industrial outskirts.

  • KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, April 9- Major Saudi Arabian construction firm Abdullah A. M. Al-Khodari Sons expects labour reforms to keep weighing on its bottom line for a few more years, but the situation will start improving in the second half of 2014, its chief executive said.

  • ALBANY, N.Y., April 8- New York's highest state court has ruled that a lawsuit by the Algosaibi family conglomerate, claiming that a Saudi billionaire who married into the family committed a $150 million fraud, should be heard in Saudi Arabia.

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