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  • DOHA, Feb 5- Qatar and the European Union have agreed to terms for an open skies agreement expected to be signed this year, the two sides said on Tuesday. The agreement means "all air carriers from the 28 European Union member states and Qatar now have unlimited and unrestricted access to their respective territories," Qatar Airways said in a statement.

  • *Egypt's CIB jumps on Q4 results. Feb 5- Egypt's blue-chip share index rose sharply on Tuesday boosted by major lender Commercial International Bank after its strong fourth-quarter earnings, while banks also lifted Saudi Arabia's stock market. Egypt's blue-chip index gained for a ninth straight session, climbing 2.6 percent with 27 of its 30 stocks rising.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 4- The U.S. energy secretary, his Qatari counterpart and representatives of Exxon Mobil and the Golden Pass liquefied natural gas facility will announce a Qatari investment in the United States on Tuesday, the Department of Energy said on Monday. But Reuters reported on Feb. 1 that Qatar Petroleum and Exxon Mobil were expected to announce plans...

  • *Sheikh Tamim says ready for bigger investments in China. China has largely stayed out of the dispute, calling for the problem to be resolved via talks, but it has played host to senior Qatari officials since the spat began, including in December to the foreign minister. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic, trade and transport...

  • BEIJING, Jan 31- Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a return to "unity and harmony" on Thursday as he welcomed gas-rich Qatar's emir to Beijing, amid a dispute that has seen some Arab states led by Saudi Arabia severing relations with Doha. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic, trade and transport ties with Qatar in June 2017.

  • Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic, trade and transport ties with Qatar in June 2017. China has largely stayed out of the dispute, calling for the problem to be resolved via talks, though has played host to senior Qatari officials since the spat began, including in December to Qatar's foreign minister. China supports the...

  • *First term supply from Oman Trading arrives at Bangladesh early. *Bangladesh prepares for spot imports. DHAKA, Jan 31- Bangladesh has imported its first liquefied natural gas cargo from Oman Trading International, its long-term supplier of the super-chilled fuel, after construction at a domestic pipeline was completed.

  • DUBAI, Jan 31- Qatar Airways has upgraded an existing order for 50 Airbus A321neo jets to include 10 long-range models, as a regional diplomatic rift has forced the airline to fly longer routes. State-owned Qatar Airways has been banned from the airspace of neighbouring Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain since June 2017 after those countries cut...

  • Abdelkarim Hassan of Qatar and Ismail Ahmed Mohamed of the UAE jumps for a header during the AFC Asian Cup semi final match between Qatar and United Arab Emirates at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on January 29, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)

    The United Arab Emirates, host of the 2019 AFC Asia Cup, reached the end of its tournament run with a 4-0 loss to Qatar at Tuesday night's semi-final in a heated match marred by outbursts from angry spectators.

  • Saudi Aramco is already the biggest shareholder in South Korea's No.3 refiner, S-Oil Corp, with a 63.41 percent stake, and the latest deal should help Aramco boost crude oil sales to Hyundai Oilbank, the South's smallest refiner by capacity. Saudi Aramco's chief executive told Reuters in November that it planned to expand its market share in Asia- including...

  • RIYADH/ ADDIS ABABA, Jan 27- Saudi Arabia has freed Saudi-Ethiopian businessman Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi more than 14 months after he was detained in a crackdown on corruption, the latest in a flurry of releases as the kingdom faces intense scrutiny over its human rights record. Amoudi, whom Forbes once called the richest man in Ethiopia and the...

  • *China wants developing countries' interests protected. DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 25- Impatient with a lack of World Trade Organization rules on the explosive growth of e-commerce, 76 members- including the United States, China, the European Union and Japan- agreed on Friday to start negotiating a new framework. China, which is locked in a trade war with the United...

  • DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 25- Impatient with the lack of World Trade Organization rules to cover the explosive growth of e-commerce, 76 countries and regions agreed on Friday to start negotiating this year on a set of open and predictable regulations. In a gathering on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, ministers from a smaller group of countries...

  • The Serious Fraud Office prosecutor told the trial of Barclays' ex-chief executive John Varley and three former senior executives that Qatar had played hardball as the British bank struggled to shore up its balance sheet during the financial crisis. "Without 1 bln, at the very least, from Q we are basically dead," Boath told his Barclays line manager on May 28, 2008,...

  • LONDON, Jan 23- Four former Barclays executives conspired to commit fraud by hiding 322 million pounds of payments to Qatar in return for cash injections in 2008, a prosecutor alleged at the opening of one of London's most high-profile criminal trials. Opening the case for the Serious Fraud Office prosecutor, senior lawyer Edward Brown alleged that the bank's...

  • *Dubai breaks three day losing streak. Jan 23- The Dubai stock market snapped a three day losing streak on Wednesday, boosted by its financial and property shares, while Saudi Arabia rose on the back of its banks. The Dubai index was up 0.9 percent higher with Emirates NBD, its largest bank, adding 2.1 percent and its largest listed developer Emaar Properties gaining...

  • LONDON, Jan 23- Qatar is preparing to issue a tender for energy firms seeking a stake in its gas expansion project, drawing interest from long-standing partners as well as newcomers Chevron, Norway's Equinor and Italy's Eni, industry sources said. Plans to expand Qatar's liquefied natural gas facilities, already the world's largest, by more than a third in the...

  • Mohammed Al-Jadaan, Saudi Arabia's finance minister, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

    Saudi Arabia is prepared to do all it can to prop up Lebanon's ailing economy, the country's finance minister told CNBC Tuesday.

  • DOHA, Jan 21- Qatar will invest $500 million in Lebanese government U.S. dollar bonds to support Lebanon's struggling economy, the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday. "Qatar's $500 m purchase of Lebanese bonds is a welcome step, but a short-term fix as it will only kick the can down the road given Lebanon's challenges are structural," said Ehsan Khoman,...

  • DOHA, Jan 21- Qatar will invest $500 million in Lebanese government U.S. dollar bonds to support Lebanon's economy, the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday. The decision to invest came after Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani made a brief visit to an Arab economic summit in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Sunday, during which he met Lebanese...