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  • *Shell, Total restructure to combat falling oil prices. LONDON, May 1- Top oil firms Royal Dutch Shell and Total are bringing their refining and trading operations closer together, seeking alternative ways to drive profits as oil prices fall and independent trading houses expand into their territory. Snapping at their heels are energy brokerages Vitol and...

  • US Navy ships to accompany US-flagged ships in Gulf Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 6:35 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. Navy ships will begin accompanying U.S. commercial ships during their transit through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf to ensure they encounter no interference from Iran, U.S. defense officials said Thursday. Iran says it intervened with the Maersk Tigris because the Maersk shipping line owes it money awarded in a lawsuit.

  • KATHMANDU, April 30- Nepali farmer Rishi Ram Khanal was looking forward to leaving Nepal for Dubai, where a $220- a-month job as a cleaner at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant promised him the chance to pull his young family out of a life of poverty. Khanal found himself buried under the debris of a five-storey Kathmandu guest house, pinned to the ground by fallen...

  • Air Arabia's Jordanian division to launch flights in May Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 9:47 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Middle Eastern budget airline Air Arabia says it plans to launch a new division based in Jordan starting on May 18. The initial destination will be Kuwait City, followed by Jiddah, Saudi Arabia; Irbil, Iraq; and Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Air Arabia is based in the United Arab Emirates city of Sharjah, near Dubai.

  • LONDON, April 29- Emerging stocks retreated from 7-1/ 2 month highs on Wednesday with investors looking to the U.S. MSCI emerging stocks fell 0.6 percent, taking a breather after six straight days of gains that took the index to its highest level since last September. GDP data and the FOMC, there has been a lot of reshuffling of positions, "said Luis Costa, a senior...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— With a rock crusher rattling and Dubai's gleaming skyscrapers in the distance, the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday pulverized a mound of contraband elephant tusks and ivory carvings confiscated in the Gulf country to send a message against poaching and ivory trafficking. The UAE is not a major destination for smuggled ivory, but...

  • Japan's Inpex wins stake in major UAE oil fields Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 11:37 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Japan's Inpex Corp. on Monday won a stake in the development of major oil fields in the oil-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi, deepening the Asian nation's ties to the United Arab Emirates federation. The Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. said the deal gives Inpex's Japan Oil Development Co. Ltd. Division a 5- percent stake in the onshore concession...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Well-heeled Middle Eastern fans of Italian jewelry and watch maker Bulgari will soon be able to surround themselves in the luxury brand at all hours of the day. The Rome- based jeweler and Dubai property developer Meraas on Monday announced plans for 188 Bulgari- branded homes in the glitz-loving Gulf city. Started by a Greek...

  • *Yemen faces mounting humanitarian crisis. LONDON, April 27- Yemen is facing mounting problems bringing in food by sea as the danger from fighting between Houthis and government supporters is exacerbated by an arms blockade by Saudi-led coalition navies searching ships for weapons destined for the rebels. The Arabian peninsula's poorest country, Yemen...

  • DUBAI, April 27- One of the United Arab Emirates' most prominent businessmen is leading calls for regulations across the Gulf Arab region to smooth the transfer of ownership of family businesses after the death of the founder. Ghurair, the billionaire chief executive of Dubai- based lender Mashreq and chairman of conglomerate Al Ghurair Investment, among his...

  • LONDON— There is still time to save lives— that's why governments and aid agencies Sunday rushed doctors, volunteers and equipment to Nepal without waiting for the dust to settle. U.N. spokeswoman Orla Fagan, who is heading to Nepal, said preventing the spread of disease is one of the most important tasks facing aid workers who are arriving. They will use military...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— If you're visiting Dubai for a long stopover or business trip, make sure to leave a little space in your bag for a bathing suit, flip-flops and souvenirs. Don't forget to stop and take a selfie on the beach with the sea and Dubai's iconic sail-shaped Burj al-Arab hotel behind you. For a quieter afternoon, head to Dubai's man-made island The...

  • *Lives with parents in modest house in west London. LONDON, April 22- The small suburban house in the flight path of London's Heathrow airport gave no clue to neighbours that it was headquarters of a man accused of earning millions through fraud, and helping cause a trillion dollar "flash crash" on U.S. stock markets. Navinder Singh Sarao is fighting extradition from...

  • CAIRO/ BENGHAZI, April 21- Libya's official government has so far failed to sell oil on its own via an account and middlemen in Dubai, as customers continue to buy crude directly from a state oil firm under the control of a rival government, oil sources said. Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said this month that oil sales would...

  • CAIRO/ BENGHAZI, April 21- Libya's official government has so far failed to sell oil on its own via an account and middlemen in Dubai, as customers continue to buy crude directly from a state oil firm under the control of a rival government, oil sources said. Libya's internationally recognised Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said this month that oil sales would...

  • SEOUL, April 20- South Korean oil refiners are taking more crude from Latin America and Europe and buying more spot volumes to put pressure on Middle Eastern suppliers to lower their official prices. And with South Korea expanding such trade deals, including one already signed with oil producer Colombia and one sought with Ecuador, the purchases from other...

  • RIYADH, April 19- Saudi Basic Industries Corp faces heavy pressure on its profits due to cheap oil but will keep investing globally to boost capacity in key areas, its acting chief executive said on Sunday after the company reported a 39 plunge in first-quarter profit. SABIC, one of the world's largest petrochemicals groups and Saudi Arabia's biggest listed...

  • *Exxon Mobil front-runner for Mozambique LNG stake-sources. MILAN/ LONDON/ SINGAPORE, April 16- Anadarko Petroleum is considering selling its multi-billion dollar stake in Mozambique's giant gas reserves, with Exxon Mobil and Qatar Petroleum both showing interest, banking and industry sources said. The world's largest oil firm has been expected to follow...

  • PARIS, April 17- Airbus sees continued strength in the aircraft market and may be able to increase production of its most popular jets beyond their planned rates if that trend continues, the head of the European planemaker said on Friday. Fabrice Bregier, chief executive of the plane making unit of Airbus Group, said he believed Airbus would eventually recapture...

  • LONDON, April 17- Rolls-Royce has won a $9.2 billion deal to supply engines for 50 A380 aircraft for Dubai's Emirates airline, the largest order in its history and giving it a boost after a torrid year of profit warnings. It is the first time the Gulf carrier has ordered Rolls-Royce engines for its superjumbo fleet, the rest of which is powered by Engine Alliance, a...