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  • DUBAI, Oct 8- Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs Group Inc have lost their two top Qatar executives to local firms, three sources said on Monday, as the gas-rich Gulf Arab state lures back high-profile citizens with better pay and prospects.

  • DOHA, Oct 8- The head of Morgan Stanley Inc's. Qatar business has resigned to join the investment banking arm of unlisted local lender Barwa Bank, three sources familiar with the matter said. Morgan Stanley and Barwa Bank declined to comment.

  • CAIRO-- Egypt's central bank says the country's net foreign reserves have dropped again in September, despite a boost from Qatar. The London- based Capital Economics research and consultancy firm says Egypt's "dangerously low" reserves level means the nation of 82 million people does not have enough to cover three months' worth of imports.

  • BEIJING, Oct 8- China is spending $14 billion on pilot projects to turn coal in remote parts of the country into natural gas, a risky bet that could help meet the country's surging demand for the cleaner fuel.

  • *Assets to be sold in Qatar and Egypt. DOHA/ DUBAI, Oct 7- Barwa Real Estate plans to sell assets worth 16 billion riyals in Qatar and Egypt to pay down loans, the Qatari property firm said on Sunday. The assets being sold include land in the Gulf Arab state as well as the Barwa New Cairo project in Egypt.

  • DUBAI, Oct 7- Barwa Real Estate plans to sell assets worth 16 billion riyals in Qatar and Egypt to pay down loans, the Qatari property firm said on Sunday. The assets being sold include land in the Gulf Arab state as well as Barwa New Cairo project in Egypt.

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates-- Just as Iran's currency was rattling near bottom after a stunning free fall, officials in Tehran opened a trade exhibition that included advanced engineering tools, heavy machinery and robotics.

  • *KIA tenders entire 23.5 pct stake- source* Qtel had bid $2.2 bln for remaining 47.5 pct stake* Announcement of tender details expected Sunday By Dinesh Nair and Matt Smith. DUBAI, Oct 6- Qatar Telecom is set to control more than 90 percent of Kuwait's Wataniya.

  • *KIA tenders entire 23.5 pct stake- source* Qtel had bid $2.2 bln for remaining 47.5 pct stake* Announcement of tender details expected Sunday By Dinesh Nair and Matt Smith. DUBAI, Oct 6- Qatar Telecom is set to control more than 90 percent of Kuwait's Wataniya.

  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia-- The head of the International Monetary Fund said Saturday that the economies of the oil-rich countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council will continue to enjoy high growth rates, although at reduced rates.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 6- Troubled Franco-Belgian bank Dexia is working on raising cash, its chief executive told Belgian business newspaper L'Echo in an article published on Saturday. "Every day that passes we get closer to the deadline, because Dexia is continuing to lose money," Karel de Boeck told the paper. "

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- Boeing Co said on Friday that Qatar Airways had taken delivery of a 787 Dreamliner plane. Qatar Airways was not immediately available for comment on Friday evening. Boeing spokesman Doug Alder said on Friday that the plane would "now head to Victorville, Calif., to install Qatar Airways' connectivity modifications."

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Britain's grid operator said the lights would stay on in the UK in the event of the closure of the Strait of Hormuz, a key shipping route for liquefied natural gas from the largest exporter Qatar which supplies nearly all of Britain's LNG.

  • *Transaction price 730 mln euros, same as initially agreed* Dexia pumps in 204 mln euros, sees loss of 199 mln euros. said on Friday it had completed the sale of its Luxembourg arm to Qatar's Precision Capital and the Luxembourg state and would likely suffer a loss of 199 million euros as a result.

  • *Says EBX to raise $2 billion before year-end. SAO PAULO, Oct. 4- Eike Batista, Brazil's richest man, said his energy, mining and shipbuilding conglomerate EBX will raise $2 billion by the end of the year, without specifying the means.

  • DUBAI, Oct 4- Dubai's index hit a fresh five-month high on Thursday after the market regulator announced reforms aimed at boosting liquidity. "These reforms have been long-awaited and should increase liquidity in the medium term," said Kanaga Sunder, Gulf Baader Capital Markets head of research in Muscat.

  • *UK gas network undersupplied by 12 mcm/day. LONDON, Oct 4- British prompt gas prices rose on Thursday after a power failure temporarily halted output from Norway's Kollsnes gas processing plant that feeds pipelines supplying the UK.

  • *Morgan Stanley in commodities talks with Qatar for a year. DUBAI/ LONDON, Oct 4- Morgan Stanley's talks with Qatar's sovereign wealth fund over the sale of its commodities business have run into difficulty, and the deal may need to be reworked if it is to go ahead, banking sources said.

  • WARSAW/ LONDON, Oct 4- Poland's goal of reducing its dependence on Russian gas took a step forward on Thursday after it secured the final investments to start construction of its first liquefied natural gas terminal, expected to start importing gas from Qatar in 2014..

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Poland's goal of reducing dependence on Russian gas took a step forward on Thursday after it secured the final investments to start construction of its first liquefied natural gas terminal.