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  • TRIPOLI, Libya— Libya's state-run oil corporation has declared 11 oil fields in the country non-operational after attacks by suspected Islamic State militants, opting for a force majeure clause that exempts the state from contractual obligations. The National Oil Corporation blamed authorities in the Libyan-capital of Tripoli, set up by Islamist-backed...

  • BERLIN, March 5- Emirates has had extensive discussions with Airbus about the production of a revamped version of the A380 super jumbo with more efficient engines, the airline's president said on Thursday. Its first 90 A380 aircraft are supplied with engines from Engine Alliance, a joint venture between General Electric and Pratt& Whitney.

  • *Higher fund flows coming from eastern Europe to Dubai. Swiss-based but Abu Dhabi- owned Falcon would be open to deals covering its core target markets of the Gulf, Eastern Europe, Africa and South East Asia, according to Erich Pfister, who took up the role in January. The last major acquisition by Falcon, which manages around 16 billion francs of assets, was the...

  • *Saudis fear Obama wants Iran deal "whatever the cost". Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Riyadh this week to try to reassure King Salman that any nuclear deal with Iran will be in Saudi interests, despite the kingdom's fears that it may boost Tehran's backing for Shi'ite Muslim groups in the region. While the main critics of the U.S. push for a nuclear deal with...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— The United Arab Emirates' budget carrier flydubai, in its fifth year of operation, has turned a profit of $68 million out of total revenue of $1.2 billion last year. The company's earnings report released Wednesday shows flydubai's profits were around 12 percent higher than in 2013. The fast-growing airliner added 23 new routes last...

  • Iraq battles to rebuild despite war and oil slump Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 AM ET

    *New city aims to house half a million people near Baghdad. *Challenges face mega projects planned for Basra, Baghdad. BAGHDAD, March 3- On a main highway south of Baghdad, dozens of buildings rise up from the Iraqi plains, the first blocks of a multi-billion-dollar city emerging from a landscape more accustomed to conflict and crisis than glitzy new development.

  • Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Riyadh this week to reassure King Salman that any nuclear deal with Iran is in Saudi Arabia's interest, despite the country's fears it may boost its rival's support for Shi'ite Muslim interests in the region. But Saudi Arabia is sceptical too that any agreement would only let Iran devote more cash and energy to Shi'ite...

  • Amira beats Street 3Q forecasts Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates _ Amira Nature Foods Ltd. on Monday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $11 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 34 cents per share. Analysts expected $181 million, according to Zacks.

  • DUBAI, March 2- Egypt has obtained $23 billion in aid from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait in the 18 months since Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was ousted, Investment Minister Ashraf Salman said on Monday. Speaking at a business conference in Dubai, Salman said the aid included oil shipments, cash grants and deposits in Egypt's central bank.

  • *Exports to EU, China fall; sales to U.S. rise. SEOUL, March 1- South Korean exports last month suffered their worst fall in two years on weaker sales to Europe and China, lower oil prices and long holidays, but the government said global demand showed some signs of recovery. Exports in February fell 3.4 percent from a year earlier to $41.46 billion, while imports...

  • Journalist to face court after Paris drone incident Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 10:21 AM ET

    PARIS— An Al-Jazeera journalist will face court for illegally flying a drone in Paris, amid a spate of drone flyovers that have confounded French authorities amid heightened security concerns. The Paris prosecutor's office says three journalists for Qatar- based broadcaster Al-Jazeera were released Thursday, a day after they were detained.

  • PARIS, Feb 25- The head of Dubai's Emirates has hit back at U.S. airlines in an increasingly bitter subsidy spat and urged Washington to block their calls to renegotiate Open Skies agreements. He was responding to allegations of trade-distorting Gulf subsidies made by the three largest U.S. airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines.

  • Qatar's Hassad Food eyes Brazilian sugar, poultry assets Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 4:20 AM ET

    *Hassad Food says discussions to buy Brazil assets in early stage. "We have a lot of stuff in our pipeline and Brazil is definitely part of that, not only sugar but also poultry," Youssef Hegazy, vice president for business development at Hassad Food, said on Wednesday. "We realize there are structural issues in both industries in Brazil, like high debt," Hegazy told...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 25- Gold edged higher on Wednesday after dropping to a seven-week low the session before, with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen indicating flexibility in raising U.S. interest rates. *Spot gold was up half a percent at $1,206 an ounce by 0021 GMT, after hitting its weakest since Jan. 5 on Tuesday at $1,190.91. Silver, both spot and futures, rose more...

  • *Restated profits $381 mln lower in November. DUBAI, Feb 24- An accounting scandal at Saudi Arabia's Mobily is set to constrain dividend payouts from the former stock market darling for the next few years and make investors more picky about companies in the kingdom. Analysts who met acting Mobily Chief Executive Serkan Okandan a month ago came away with the...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— The Middle East's biggest airline, Emirates, said on Tuesday that it plans to resume flights to Baghdad after halting them last month when an incoming passenger plane came under fire. FlyDubai said it resumed Baghdad flights on Sunday, following a Feb. 12 decision by Emirati aviation authorities to lift a ban on Baghdad flights.

  • PARIS, Feb 20- Spending by Russian tourists abroad has plunged, diving 51 percent in January after falling 44 percent in December because of the rouble's freefall, according to figures released by tax-refund company Global Blue. Last week, Jean-Francois Palus, No.2 at Gucci owner Kering, said the group's Italian tailor Brioni had witnessed a significant drop in...

  • Saudi king to give the masses $32B in bonuses Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 2:45 AM ET
    King Salman

    Saudi Arabia's new monarch is expected to give away over $32 billion to ordinary Saudis in post-coronation bonuses. The NYT reports.

  • DUBAI/ NEW YORK, Feb 19- An increasingly bitter trade row between U.S. and Gulf airlines deepened on Thursday when Dubai's Emirates rejected a Delta Air Lines apology for remarks perceived as linking Gulf carriers with the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States in 2001.. Asked about those counter-claims on CNN this week, Delta CEO Richard Anderson said: "It's a great...

  • *Carrefour to open first Kenya store this year. *Kenya seen as gateway to regional trade. Kenya, with a GDP of $53.4 billion, is a gateway to regional trade, but it holds other attractions for retail investors.