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

  • Oct 2- Fitch Ratings has assigned Qatar Islamic Bank's. USD1.5bn trust certificate issuance programme a final rating of' A'. The issuing entity under the programme is QIB Sukuk Ltd.

  • PARIS, Oct 2- Valentino, the Italian fashion brand recently snapped up by Qatar's royal family, continues to enjoy strong demand and plans a new global expansion phase, with flagship store openings in the works, its head said on Tuesday. "There will be new boutiques, new flagships, everywhere," Sassi said, adding that meant in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

  • *He mentions Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, US, France, Libya.

  • *He mentions Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, US, France, Libya.

  • MILAN, Oct 1- Italian energy group Edison said on Monday it had won a dispute with Eni to review the price of its long-term gas contract from Libya, its second gas arbitration victory in less than a month. In September Edison, which is owned by France's EDF, won in arbitration a 450 million euro discount on its liquefied natural gas supplies from Qatar's Rasgas.

  • *Xstrata splits votes to secure merger approval. *Xstrata to retain majority of board seats after Davis departure. LONDON, Oct 1- Mining group Xstrata gave its long-awaited blessing on Monday to a revised $33 billion bid from trader Glencore, bowing to investor pressure by changing the deal to ensure it isn't sunk by a payment plan to retain top managers.

  • *Xstrata splits votes to secure merger approval. *Xstrata to retain majority of board seats after Davis departure. LONDON, Oct 1- Mining group Xstrata gave its long-awaited blessing on Monday to a revised $33 billion bid from trader Glencore, bowing to investor pressure by changing the deal to ensure a payment plan to keep its top managers does not sink the tie-up.

  • While Norwegian gas exports to continental Europe are supplied under long-term contracts that are linked to the oil price, Britain receives most of its Norwegian gas under hub market terms that are priced off Britain's National Balancing Point and have lesser binding supply obligations.

  • *Barwa is part-owned by Qatar Holding. DOHA/ DUBAI, Oct 1- Barwa Bank, a Qatari lender part-owned by Qatar Holding, plans an initial public offering on the Doha stock exchange and is being advised by local investment bank QInvest, Barwa's top executive said on Monday. Barwa Bank is 37.3- percent owned by Barwa Real Estate Co.

  • DOHA, Oct 1- Qatari lender Barwa Bank is planning an initial public offering on the Doha stock exchange and is being advised by local investment bank QInvest in the process, Barwa's top executive said on Monday. Barwa Bank is 37.3- percent owned by Barwa Real Estate Co.

  • Xstrata's non-executive directors have been considering the improved, final, offer from Glencore, the miner's largest shareholder, since Sept. 10- wrestling for three weeks to reconcile opposing demands from shareholders over the deal terms, the board and a more than 140 million pound retention package.

  • UNITED NATIONS, Oct 1- Syria accused the United States, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey on Monday of hijacking the country's 18- month conflict between government forces and pro-democracy rebel groups by supporting "terrorism" with arms, money and foreign fighters.

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    Qatar Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr al-Thani said in a CNBC interview he’s worried about what central bank money printing will mean for the value of the two major global currencies.

  • The headquarters of the Swiss commodities giant Glencore in Baar, Switzerland.

    Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair helped to broker a new deal between commodity trader Glencore and London-listed miner Xstrata, that was struck at a secret meeting in London, the Financial Times reported on Friday.

  • Globe wrapped in string

    Norway has joined forces with Qatar in opposition to the $70 billion merger between commodities trader Glencore and miner Xstrata, further threatening one of the biggest deals in the natural resources industry over the past decade, the FT reports.

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    As more people decide to fly, there are some airlines that have a distinctive edge over their rivals when it comes to providing the best service.

  • Gas-rich Qatar became the world’s richest country this year with GDP per capita of more than $88,000, according to Forbes.Relying on its natural gas reserves — which are the world’s third largest — for revenue, Qatar has invested heavily in infrastructure to liquefy and export the commodity. The country levies no taxes on personal incomes, dividends, royalties, profits, capital gains and property. Qatar nationals, however, have to pay 5 percent of their income for social security benefits, while

    Qatar has sold one of the largest Islamic bonds on record with surging demand for the $4 billion issue allowing bankers to trim the yield of the bond to the lowest paid for the gas-rich Gulf emirate, the Financial Times reports.

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    A number of recent developments highlight the push for renewable energy in the MENA region, from Saudi Arabia’s ambitious solar plans to Qatar’s first-ever polysilicon plant and massive concentrated solar power plants across North Africa.

  • Protesters Gather At Syrian Embassy In London

    Western and Arab states voiced outrage on Sunday after Russia and China vetoed a U.N. resolution that would have backed an Arab plan urging Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to give up power, and Washington vowed harsher sanctions against Damascus.