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  • Dubai's Nakheel to pay $2.1 billion in debt early Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:33 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Dubai's developer Nakheel behind the famed man-made palm-shaped islands said Wednesday it is repaying 7.9 billion dirhams, or roughly $2.15 billion this month— nearly four years before the last installment is due.

  • Panasonic Corp, Fujitsu Ltd and others, seeking niche business opportunities to offset a downturn in demand for their consumer electronics, are touting automated greenhouses and sensor-controlled fields that ensure constant conditions to produce high-quality vegetables all year-round.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 20- Previously ranked as Asia's top diesel importer, now No.3 Indonesia is expected to take a third less of the fuel this year as demand from mining falters and biodiesel use in transport and industry grows with a mandate implemented in January.

  • *Oil price at level seen as favourable by Saudi Arabia. LONDON/ DUBAI, Aug 19- OPEC is not worried about a slide in oil prices towards $100 a barrel, delegates from the producer group said, with current levels seen as acceptable for producers while higher seasonal demand in the coming weeks was expected to support the market.

  • Dubai creates new fund class to lure asset managers Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 5:52 AM ET

    *Aims to compete with Luxembourg, Dublin and Cayman Islands. DUBAI, Aug 19- Dubai is changing its financial rules in an effort to attract more asset managers- particularly those serving the richest and most risk-tolerant investors, such as hedge funds and private equity funds- to base themselves in the emirate.

  • They include El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc, Zoe's Kitchen Inc, and Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc.. Shake Shack is present in many U.S. states including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida and Massachusetts.

  • RIYADH/ DUBAI, Aug 14- Seventy-year-old Saudi Arabian stock speculator Mohamed al-Otaibi says he lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in the crash of 2006, but he's back trading again as the Arab world's biggest bourse prepares to open to direct foreign investment.

  • BAGHDAD, Aug 13- Nuri al-Maliki stuck to his guns and refused to accept his removal as Iraq's prime minister on Wednesday, but his hold on power was tenuous as Iran's supreme leader, a long-time Maliki ally, publicly backed his replacement.

  • *RBS exploring sale of Coutts International. *Coutts International has come forward in U.S. tax probe.

  • *RBS exploring sale of Coutts International. *Coutts International has come forward in U.S. tax probe.

  • *RBS exploring sale of Coutts International. *Coutts International has come forward in U.S. tax probe.

  • ZURICH/ SINGAPORE, Aug 11- Royal Bank of Scotland is selling the international arm of its private bank in a deal that could be valued around $1 billion, sources said on Monday, as the British government leans on it to focus more on domestic lending.

  • Flame from Emirates plane put out at Boston Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    BOSTON— A Dubai- to- Boston flight with 367 passengers and crew members aboard has been grounded at Logan International Airport after an engine fire that officials say was quickly extinguished when the plane landed.

  • ISTANBUL, Aug 10- Turks began voting on Sunday with Tayyip Erdogan poised to become the country's first elected president, fulfilling his dream of what he calls a "new Turkey" and his opponents say will be an increasingly authoritarian nation.

  • ISTANBUL, Aug 10- Tayyip Erdogan was poised to become his country's first elected president as Turks go to the polls on Sunday, fulfilling his dream of what he calls a "new Turkey" and what his opponents say will be an increasingly authoritarian and polarized nation.

  • Etihad, Gulf Air re-route Iraq flights Saturday, 9 Aug 2014 | 6:29 AM ET

    BAGHDAD— Two Gulf-based airlines said Saturday they have re-routed flights over Iraq because of the deteriorating security situation there, even as Turkish Airlines said it has resumed flights to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil.

  • Attorney Melinda Haag announced that Alfred J. Villalobos, a former member of the board of the California Public Employee Retirement System who later worked as a placement agent, engaged in a conspiracy to commit corruption, defraud the United States, conceal materials, and conspire to commit mail and wire fraud.

  • Abu Dhabi's Etihad suspends flights to north Iraq Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 2:21 PM ET

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates— One of the Middle East's largest airlines, Etihad Airways, said Thursday that security concerns had prompted it to suspend all of its flights to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil. In just the past five days, Islamic State fighters claim they seized a total of 17 cities, towns and targets in northern Iraq.

  • UAE paper urges release of its reporter in Iran Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— The editor of a newspaper in the United Arab Emirates expressed hope Thursday that its correspondent in Iran detained last month on unspecified charges will soon be released.

  • LONDON, Aug 6- Well before settling a long-running oil price manipulation case this week, global oil trader Arcadia had shrunk itself to a leaner operation with an almost singular focus: trading the very contracts U.S. regulators accused them of rigging.