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StanChart hires ex-Morgan Stanley banker for Middle East push

DUBAI (Reuters) - Asia-focused bank Standard Chartered <STAN.L> has hired Sarmad Lone, previously with Morgan Stanley Inc <MS.N>, to help boost the lender's business with top international companies in the Middle East and north Africa. Full story

Analysis: Setbacks to bring quieter Qatar foreign policy but no U-turn

DOHA/DUBAI (Reuters) - Qatar may tone down its pushy foreign policy, chastened by setbacks in Syria and Egypt, but is likely to keep supporting Arab Spring revolts and bankrolling Islamist influence, albeit a little more quietly. Full story

New Qatar ruler will keep backing Syria opposition: rebel envoy

DUBAI (Reuters) - Qatar's new emir will keep helping Syrian rebels until President Bashar al-Assad's rule ends, Syria's opposition envoy to Doha said on Wednesday, seeking to dampen speculation the rich Gulf state had scaled back its role in supporting the revolt. Full story

Qatar concerned over continued bloodshed in Egypt: QNA

DUBAI (Reuters) - Qatar, a main supporter of Mohamed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood, expressed concern over bloodshed in Egypt after at least nine people died in clashes between supporters and opponents of the ousted president, the QNA state news agency reported on Tuesday. Full story

Saks shares jump on report of new takeover interest

(Reuters) - Real estate investment firm Starwood Capital Group LLC Chief Executive Barry Sternlicht has made an offer for Saks Inc <SKS.N>, the New York Post reported on Friday, driving the luxury department store chain's shares up 8 percent. Full story

Mursi's fall in Egypt comforts Saudis, disconcerts Qatar

RIYADH/DOHA (Reuters) - The $12 billion in aid Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait offered Egypt this week showed their delight at the army's ousting of President Mohamed Mursi in a reversal for Islamists empowered by the Arab ferment of 2011. Full story

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  The ruler of the richest country in the world steps down

In a carefully crafted transition, the Emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, has handed over power to his 33-year-old son. But as Lindsey Hilsum of Britain’s Channel 4 News reports, the new ruler may face a tough job in keeping the tiny Gulf nation at the forefront of regional influence.

  Long road ahead for peace in Afghanistan

NBC's Duncan Golestani reports from Kabul on the latest progress for U.S. peace talks in the country.

  Next steps unsure after reports of chemical weapons use in Syria

Rep. Ed Royce joins Andrea Mitchell to talk about the confirmed chemical weapons used by the Assad regime in Syria, as well as the next step for America in the region.

  Air Force veteran barred from getting on a plane

US Air Force Veteran Saadiq Long has never been told by any US authority that his name is on the no-fly list. He's simply been told he can't fly. He joins Chris Hayes with his lawyer Gadier Abbas.

  Emir of Qatar makes historic visit to Gaza

The Emir of Qatar has become the first head of state to visit Gaza since the Islamist group Hamas seized control five years ago. The visit reflects increasing ties between the Gulf state and the regime which is considered a terrorist group by the West.  Lindsey Hilsum Channel Four Europe reports.

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