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Afghan government and Taliban agree rules for peace talks

Breakthrough will allow start of negotiations to end nearly 20 years of civil warThe Afghan government and the Taliban have agreed framework rules for peace talks after more than two months of discussions, allowing negotiations on ending a nearly 20-year civil war to finally begin.The peace process, hosted by Qatar, is playing out against a backdrop of heavy violence on the ground in Afghanistan and an accelerated withdrawal of US troops. Continue reading...
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European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar close

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar close [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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A Middle East Make-Up Proves Complicated - Bloomberg #Qatar #SaudiArabia #UAE

A Middle East Make-Up Proves Complicated - Bloomberg #Qatar #SaudiArabia #UAE The Saudi-led attempt to ostracize Qatar might now yield a foreign policy win for a U.S. president looking to embellish his legacy while maintaining he didn’t lose an election.But as talks brokered by the Trump administration edge closer toward a deal, the healing of the Saudi-Qatar rift has exposed strains in another relationship between Gulf neighbors that could have more lasting implications.Conspicuous by its abse...
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European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar mid-session

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar mid-session [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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#Saudi shares fall on weak oil; set for weekly loss | Reuters

Saudi shares fall on weak oil; set for weekly loss | Reuters Saudi shares eased in early trade on Thursday and were set for a weekly loss, tracking weaker oil prices, while other Gulf markets rode on euphoria around encouraging coronavirus vaccine developments.Oil prices fell as producers including Saudi Arabia and Russia locked horns over the need to extend record production cuts set in place in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. [O/R]The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries ...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Qatar, Britain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Gulf, Reuters, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Basic Industries Corp, Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC, Qatar National Bank, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Industries Qatar


#SaudiArabia, #Qatar Near U.S.-Brokered Deal to End Lengthy Rift - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia, Qatar Near U.S.-Brokered Deal to End Lengthy Rift - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia and Qatar are nearing a preliminary deal to end a rift that’s dragged on for more than three years, prodded by a Trump administration seeking foreign policy wins during its waning days in the White House, three people with knowledge of the talks said.The tentative agreement does not involve the three other Arab countries that also severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017 -- the United Arab E...
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#Saudi ends lower on weak oil, others gain on UK vaccine nod | Reuters

Saudi ends lower on weak oil, others gain on UK vaccine nod | Reuters Saudi shares retreated for a second straight session on Wednesday, tracking weaker oil prices, while some markets cheered Britain’s approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which raised hopes of a faster-than-expected global economic recovery.Britain became the West’s first country to formally endorse a jab it said should reach the most vulnerable people early next week.However, oil prices slipped as the market awaited a pact fr...
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Colombia part company with Queiroz

Bogota (AFP) – Carlos Queiroz has lost his job as coach of Colombia, with the former Real Madrid boss paying the price for two expensive 2022 World Cup qualifying losses, the country’s football federation announced on Wednesday. Queiroz, 67, leaves the job in the wake of a 3-0 home loss to Uruguay and a 6-1 rout in Ecuador, Colombia’s worst defeat in four decades. The Portuguese manager, a former assistant coach at Manchester United under Alex Ferguson, arrived on the Colombia bench in February...
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European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar mid-session

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar mid-session [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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#Saudi shares ease, other markets gain after UK's Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approval | Reuters

Saudi shares ease, other markets gain after UK's Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approval | Reuters Saudi shares edged down on Wednesday, tracking lower oil, while other Gulf markets were buoyed by encouraging news in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as Britain became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine rollout.Britain said the vaccine developed by Pfizer and partner BioNTech will be rolled out from early next week, a boost for investors worldwide.Oil prices exte...
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MIDEAST STOCKS- #Saudi stocks weaken after stellar November | Nasdaq

MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi stocks weaken after stellar November | Nasdaq Saudi shares started the month on a weaker note on Tuesday after the bourse's benchmark index nailed solid gains in November on global cheer over the progress of COVID-19 vaccine candidates.Investors worldwide are pinning their hopes on positive vaccine trial data, fuelling optimism about a faster than expected economic recovery.Oil prices, a key catalyst for the region's financial markets, were broadly steady on Tuesday as inves...
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MIDEAST STOCKS- #Saudi starts last month of 2020 on wobbly footing after a stellar November | Nasdaq

MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi starts last month of 2020 on wobbly footing after a stellar November | Nasdaq Saudi shares started the month on a weaker note on Tuesday, tracking lower oil prices, after the benchmark nailed solid gains in November on global cheer over the progress of COVID-19 vaccine candidates.Investors worldwide are pinning their hopes on positive vaccine trial data, fuelling optimism about an economic recovery at a pace faster than expected initially.But on Tuesday, oil prices fell due ...
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Jared Kushner heads to Middle East amid tensions over Iranian nuclear scientist's killing

Jared Kushner's visit focusing on Saudi Arabia and Qatar comes days after the targeted killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian nuclear scientist.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Australian lamb industry hit as Qatar cancels subsidy on $300m-a-year trade

Deal supporting third biggest export market ended abruptly. In October, Australia heavily criticised Qatari officials over incident at Doha airportThe Qatari government has moved to cancel a subsidy for the Australian lamb industry, even as Australia’s agriculture and meat sector continues to reel from Chinese import bans.Australia’s $300m-a-year lamb trade with Qatar has been underpinned by a subsidy program in place since 2015. It was due to finish in 2023, but the Qatari government made the s...
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MIDEAST STOCKS-Most log monthly gains on COVID-19 vaccine optimism | Nasdaq

MIDEAST STOCKS-Most log monthly gains on COVID-19 vaccine optimism | Nasdaq Saudi and Dubai shares ended higher on Monday, with most markets recording monthly gains thanks to optimism that the progress in COVID-19 vaccine development would help global economies recover at a quicker pace than initially anticipated.Financial markets worldwide have gained in most sessions after U.S. drugmakers Pfizer PFE.N and Moderna MRNA.O, and Britain's AstraZeneca AZN.L released positive trial data on their vac...
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Kushner going to Saudi Arabia, Qatar in last-ditch diplomatic push: report

White House adviser Jared Kushner will travel to Qatar and Saudi Arabia this week, seeking to broker more diplomatic pacts in the Middle...
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Biden set to announce economics team as US braces for post-holiday Covid surge – live updates

President-elect will receive presidential daily briefing, while recovering from fractured foot sustained over weekendNeera Tanden and Cecilia Rouse nominations expected shortlyUS hits four million monthly Covid cases as Fauci warns of holiday surgePresident-elect announces all-female media team at his White HouseKushner heads to Saudi Arabia and Qatar amid Iranian scientist killing tensionSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 10.16am GMT Jeffrey Frankel is a professor ...
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MIDEAST STOCKS-Markets track oil lower ahead of OPEC+ meeting; most set for monthly gains | Nasdaq

MIDEAST STOCKS-Markets track oil lower ahead of OPEC+ meeting; most set for monthly gains | Nasdaq Most major Gulf markets weakened on Monday, tracking lower oil prices ahead of a crucial meeting of producer group Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC+), but they were set to finish the month higher on hopes of a COVID-19 vaccine.Financial markets worldwide have gained in most sessions over the past couple of weeks as U.S. drugmakers Pfizer Inc PFE.N and Moderna Inc MRNA.O as we...
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Kushner heading to Saudi Arabia and Qatar amid tensions over Iranian scientist killing

Senior White House adviser and his team to travel this week for talks with Saudi crown prince and emir of QatarWhite House senior adviser Jared Kushner is headed to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week for talks in a region simmering with tension after the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist.A senior administration official said on Sunday that Kushner is to meet the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, in the Saudi city of Neom, and the emir of Qatar in that country in the coming days. Kushn...
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Kushner to visit Saudi Arabia and Qatar seeking deal to end crisis

The Gulf standoff has rumbled on for three years.
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Trump senior aide Kushner and team heading to Saudi Arabia, Qatar

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his team are headed to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week for talks in a region simmering...
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Major Gulf markets close mixed, #Dubai ends winning streak | Reuters

Major Gulf markets close mixed, Dubai ends winning streak | Reuters Major Gulf stock markets ended mixed on Sunday with Saudi Arabian shares extending gains for a sixth consecutive day, while Dubai fell after five days of rises.All major Gulf stocks registered gains in the week to Thursday, riding on a rally fuelled by optimism around COVID-19 vaccine developments.Saudi Arabia’s main index was up 0.2% as Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Services Group surged 8.7%, its sharpest intra-day rise since ...
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Most Mideast Stocks Rise to Track Peers, Oil Higher: Inside EM - Bloomberg

Most Mideast Stocks Rise to Track Peers, Oil Higher: Inside EM - Bloomberg Most Middle East stock markets advanced, taking their cue from rising crude oil prices and gains elsewhere in emerging markets last week.Indexes in Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Oman climbed as much as 0.3%, while those in Dubai, Kuwait and Qatar slipped. The Tadawul All Share Index in Riyadh rose for the sixth consecutive session to trade at the highest level since July 2019.The prospect of the formal start to Pre...
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#SaudiArabia seeks to resolve #Qatar crisis as ‘gift’ to Joe Biden | Financial Times

Saudi Arabia seeks to resolve Qatar crisis as ‘gift’ to Joe Biden | Financial Times Saudi Arabia has stepped up its efforts to resolve its more than three-year dispute with Qatar after US president Donald Trump’s election defeat, according to people briefed on the talks.  The move to end the Gulf states’ blockade of their gas-rich neighbour is being perceived as an attempt by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to curry favour with the incoming Biden administration and deliver a parting prese...
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European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar mid-session

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar mid-session [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Afghan Youth Find Escape in a Video Game

An anonymous reader shares a report: Rifle fire, hurried footsteps and distant explosions. The rat-a-tat of a firefight. Cars mangled from grenades. The young man was transfixed. It could have been any day in Kabul, where targeted assassinations, terrorist attacks and wanton violence have become routine, and the city often feels as if it is under siege. But for Safiullah Sharifi, his behind firmly planted on a dusty stoop in the Qala-e Fatullah neighborhood, the death and destruction unfurled on...
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Mideast Stocks-Major markets log weekly gains on vaccine hopes | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Mideast Stocks-Major markets log weekly gains on vaccine hopes | ZAWYA MENA Edition Abu Dhabi shares ended lower on Thursday but all major Gulf markets managed weekly gains, riding on a rally fuelled by optimism around COVID-19 vaccine developments.Financial markets globally have gained in most sessions over the past couple of weeks as U.S. drugmakers Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc, and British firm AstraZeneca released positive data on the effectiveness of their vaccine candidates.Investors are opt...
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#Qatar Inks Deal for Minority Stake in Turkish Stock Exchange - Bloomberg

Qatar Inks Deal for Minority Stake in Turkish Stock Exchange - Bloomberg Qatar announced on Thursday a series of high-profile investments in Turkey, its biggest ally in a years-long rift with Gulf heavyweights Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, including the purchase of a stake in the country’s main bourse.Doha-based sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority signed a memorandum of understanding with its Turkish counterpart known as TWF to purchase a 10% stake in Borsa Istanbul AS....
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European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar close

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar close [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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MIDEAST STOCKS- #Saudi leads losses in morning trade | Nasdaq

Most major Gulf markets struggled in the final trading session of the week on Thursday, as a rally fuelled by optimism around COVID-19 vaccine developments lost steam.Financial markets globally have gained in most sessions over the past couple of weeks as U.S. drugmakers Pfizer Inc PFE.N and Moderna Inc MRNA.O, and British firm AstraZeneca AZN.L released positive data on the effectiveness of their vaccine candidates.Investors are optimistic that progress made on the vaccine front would help econ...
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