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Business Middle East

  • DOHA/ LONDON, Oct 2- Qatar Airways will not take delivery of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner until an engine defect is modified, its chief executive said on Tuesday. Qatar has placed orders for 60 Dreamliners- 30 firm and an option for 30 more- and selected General Electric Co.' s new-generation GEnx engine for the aircraft.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Banks are offering up to 500 million euros of debt to bidders in private equity firm CVC's sale of Danish store group Matas, as retail deals continue to dominate the European leveraged buyout market this year.

  • By Christopher Johnson and Alice Baghdjian. LONDON, Oct 2- Brent crude oil slipped to around $112 a barrel on Tuesday as investors weighed a weaker outlook for fuel demand and sluggish economic growth against the risk of possible supply disruptions.

  • BAGHDAD, Oct 2- Iraq's Finance Ministry has begun paying an initial $650 million to Iraqi Kurdistan for oil companies working in the autonomous region, Deputy Prime Minister Rosh Nuri al-Shawish told Reuters on Tuesday.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 2- Asia's fuel oil market continued to weaken on Tuesday, with the prompt inter-month spread easing to a six-week low on lacklustre demand at a time when more supply is emerging. The balance October/November inter-month spread eased 50 cents to a backwardation of $2.38 a tonne, lowest since Aug. 21, according to Reuters data.

  • JERUSALEM-- Israel's prime minister held the prospect of early elections over the heads of his coalition partners Tuesday, opening a drive to get his budget approved, a campaign that could have foreign policy implications.

  • DUBAI, Oct 2- Qatar Islamic Bank, the Gulf state's largest sharia-compliant lender, is planning to issue a five-year benchmark-sized Islamic bond, or sukuk, this week, arranging banks said on Tuesday. Benchmark-sized is understood to be at least $500 million. HSBC, Standard Chartered, Deutsche Bank.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 2- The Asian naphtha price extended losses on Tuesday to reach a three-session low of $966 while margins snapped four sessions of gains and fell to $124.95 a tonne as squeezed petrochemical margins overshadowed the firm gasoline prices in the West.

  • DOHA, Oct 2- Qatar Airways backs the proposed $45 billion merger of EADS and BAE Systems, the Gulf carrier's chief executive said on Tuesday, arguing a combined entity would make better products. Airbus parent EADS and BAE Systems are battling to save their tie-up, which would create a European aerospace and defence giant, amid competing government interests.

  • Another top executive at the JPMorgan unit that lost $5.8 billion on derivatives trades this year is leaving the company. The real estate investment manager named Jeroen Verheijden as a senior vice-president to spearhead the company's client business in the UK, the euro zone and the Middle East.

  • BAGHDAD, Oct 2- Iraq's Finance Ministry has begun making an initial payment of $650 million to Iraqi Kurdistan for oil companies working in the autonomous region, Deputy Prime Minister Rosh Nuri al-Shawish told Reuters on Tuesday.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 2- Syria's civil war has made Friday afternoons a busy time at Bambuser, a tiny Swedish IT startup in an old bicycle factory which streams live video from the latest uprisings.

  • TEL AVIV, Oct 2- The Shimshon reservoir off Israel's southern Mediterranean coast has the potential for about 550 billion cubic feet of natural gas, Modiin Energy. ATP Oil& Gas Corp holds a 40 percent working interest in the well, Modiin Energy owns 10 percent and Isramco.

  • DOHA, Oct 2- Qatar Airways will not take delivery of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner until an engine defect is modified, the Gulf Arab carrier's chief executive said on Tuesday. However, there has been a material defect in the engine which now needs replacement and inspection, " Akbar Al Baker said after a speech in the Qatari capital.

  • *Oil output at TNK-BP falls almost 1 pct in Sept vs Aug. Russia's oil output edged up 0.3 percent in September compared with August to reach 10.41 million barrels per day, encouraged by oil price increases.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Brent crude oil slipped to around $112 a barrel on Tuesday as investors weighed a weaker outlook for fuel demand and sluggish economic growth against the risk of possible supply disruptions.

  • *Qatar airways to join oneworld alliance, to be unveiled at press conference.

  • TEL AVIV, Oct 2- Shikun& Binui, Israel's leading construction group, won a contract worth $390 million from the government of Nigeria to pave and widen a highway in the Sagamu-Benin region. Shikun& Binui is controlled by the Arison Group, the investment arm of billionaire Shari Arison. Its shares were up 3.3 percent in morning trade in Tel Aviv.

  • ABU DHABI, Oct 2- Abu Dhabi- listed Finance House. has appointed Robert Mohamed, previously the top investment banker at National Bank of Abu Dhabi, as its chief investment officer, the firm said on Tuesday.

  • DUBAI, Oct 2- State-owned Dubai Real Estate Corp. has taken over the management of Zabeel Investments, the indebted firm owned by Dubai's crown prince, the chief executive of Investment Corporation of Dubai said on Tuesday. It owns the lavish Zabeel Saray hotel on Dubai's man-made Palm Jumeirah island.