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  • April 21- Halliburton Co, the world's No.2 oilfield services company, forecast a 25 percent jump in earnings in the current quarter, helped by a recovery in margins in North America and growth in overseas markets. The company, traditionally dominant in the United States, has been making a big push into international markets to combat weakness in North America.

  • *Parliamentary speaker says election will be on June 3. BEIRUT, April 21- Syria set a presidential election for June 3 on Monday, preparing the ground for leader Bashar al-Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power days after he said the war was turning in his favour.

  • April 21- Halliburton Co, the world's No. 2 oilfield services company, reported better-than-expected quarterly results, helped by robust drilling activity in Russia, Saudi Arabia and Angola. Halliburton, traditionally dominant in the United States, has been making a big push into international markets to combat weakness in North America.

  • Halliburton posts $622M in 1st-qtr net income Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 8:05 AM ET

    Halliburton says it was profitable in the first-quarter after reporting a loss for the period a year ago. Halliburton sells services to companies that drill for oil and natural gas, including helping them with hydraulic fracturing, a method of breaking up underground shale rock formations to release trapped gas.

  • Saudi Arabia reports 3 more deaths from MERS virus Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 5:04 AM ET

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— Saudi Arabia's health ministry says three more patients who contracted a potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS have died amid a recent increase in infections. They included a 49- year-old resident of the city of Jiddah, which has seen a recent spike in infections of the Middle East respiratory syndrome.

  • BEIJING, April 21- China's March crude oil imports from Iran rose more than a third from a year ago, keeping imports in the first three months of 2014 close to the levels seen before Western sanctions were applied more than two years ago.

  • BEIJING, April 21- A unit of one of China's biggest bad-debt banks plans to woo foreign investors with a $1 billion fund for soured property loans and distressed real-estate assets, reopening the sector to outsiders after a failed attempt last decade.

  • 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.

  • Plane spotted in Iran is registered to Utah bank Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— An airplane that mysteriously ended up in Iran is registered to a Utah bank under an arrangement for aviation ownership that has prompted two warnings from a government watchdog in the past year.

  • In Egypt, a corruption watchdog hit by backlash Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:48 PM ET

    CAIRO— Hesham Genena has created uproar by trying to actually do his job. The head of one of Egypt's foremost government oversight agencies, he says he has uncovered billions of dollars-worth of corruption, involving some of the country's most untouchable institutions, including the police, intelligence agencies, and the judiciary.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ HONG KONG, April 17- Weibo Corp executives on Thursday toasted the Chinese social media firm's debut at Nasdaq's New York headquarters.

  • Gov't: Case against a Blackwater guard in jeopardy Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 4:49 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The government says its criminal case against a former Blackwater security guard is in jeopardy as a June 11 trial looms on charges stemming from the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in an incident in Baghdad nearly seven years ago.

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- The United States has taken steps to release a $450 million installment of frozen Iranian funds following a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency verifying that Iran is living up to its part of a landmark nuclear pact with world powers, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

  • *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.

  • LONDON, April 17- Barclays announced a number of promotions in its investment bank's management on Friday as it continues a review of the division that contributes about half of group profit. Felder, who joined Barclays from now-defunct U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers in 2008, was previously co-head of securities.

  • 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.

  • Barclays reorganises management of investment bank Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    LONDON, April 17- Barclays announced a number of promotions in its investment bank's management on Friday, while it continues with a review of the division that contributes about half of the group's total profits. Felder, who joined Barclays from now-defunct U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers in 2008, was previously co-head of securities.

  • WWE wrestlers in Saudi Arabia for live matches Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 9:28 AM ET

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— Pro wrestlers with the WWE, including John Cena and former champion Randy Orton, are in Saudi Arabia for three days of matches in the capital, Riyadh. WWE has an Arabic website and debuted live in the region in Egypt in 2012. Matches also have been held in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates since.

  • News Summary: Philip Morris Int'l 1Q profit falls Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 9:21 AM ET

    THE RESULTS: Philip Morris International Inc.' s first-quarter profit dropped nearly 12 percent to $1.88 billion as cigarette sales fell in the overseas markets that it serves and it was hurt by foreign exchange rates for the U.S. dollar.

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