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The Qatari sovereign wealth fund has agreed to buy a fifth of BAA, the Heathrow Airport operator, for £900m in a transaction involving deals with three of its key shareholders.

David Cameron intervenes in Adam Jones Qatar 'kidnap' case

Prime Minister David Cameron has intervened personally to help a 12-year-old boy who wrote him a letter last year pleading for help after his family allegedly took and kept him in Qatar under false pretences, Downing Street confirmed today.

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Shooter Bahia Al Hamad became the first Qatari woman to compete in an Olympics when she began her qualifying round in the 10 metre air rifle event at the London Games this morning.

The regime said President Assad and his wife, Asma, had no plans to leave Syria

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The Syrian regime admitted for the first time yesterday that it possesses weapons of mass destruction, as it dismissed as "flagrant interventionism" an Arab League offer to provide a safe exit for President Bashar al-Assad and his family if he steps aside.

Frankel’s QEII win set the seal on the first Champions Day last year

Qatar deepens commitment with Champions Day deal

If the Champions Series itself remains difficult to take seriously, even its harshest critic will celebrate the associated, twin blessings that were freshly amplified yesterday. One is the way it has caught the imagination of young, enormously wealthy sponsors from Qatar; the other is a Champions Day that needs only a better place in the calendar to complete its emergence as a legitimate new focus for the European Turf. Both those boons have now been reinforced by a new, five-year sponsorship deal with Qipco Holdings.

Arab League offer Assad a 'safe exit' from Syria if he steps down

The Arab League's secretary general has offered Syrian president Bashar Assad a “safe exit” for him and his family if he steps down.

Qataris buy Italian design house Valentino in €700m deal

Valentino, one of Italy's most famous designers, has secured a spot in the vast wardrobe of Qatar's Royal family.

New date for merger showdown

Mining giant Xstrata named 7 September as the new date for shareholders to vote on its controversial, £57bn merger with the Glencore commodities trading group.

Kim Sengupta: The Arab Spring has given way to an Islamist summer, but not in Libya

Of the countries of the Arab spring that overthrew repressive regimes, the conflict in Libya was the most vicious and prolonged. This led to the conclusion that the people who would emerge in power would be the Islamist fighters who were increasingly in evidence.

Shard light show fails to illuminate London skyline

Londoners were left feeling Shard done by after a light show to celebrate the giant building's grand opening failed to illuminate the skyline.

Qatar PM calls for a higher price for Xstrata

The prime minister of Qatar yesterday added his voice to the chorus of shareholder opposition to the proposed £57bn mega-merger between Xstrata and Glencore, calling for a higher price to be paid.

Glencore could pay £300m if merger fails

£50bn deal with Xstrata at risk as investors call for better terms – but penalties would be high

Xstrata concedes over pay in bid to save £57bn merger

Xstrata has bowed to pressure from angry shareholders over its proposed mining-commodities mega-merger with Glencore, significantly changing controversial plans to pay key executives £170m just to keep them at the combined group if the deal goes through.

Xstrata out to salvage £57bn merger with concessions on bosses' pay

Xstrata has bowed to pressure from angry shareholders over its proposed mining-commodities mega-merger with Glencore and significantly changed controversial plans to pay key executives £170m just to keep them at the combined group if the deal goes through.

Euro 2012 Diary: Stadium goes underground

Stadium planners in the United Arab Emirates will hope to avoid disruptions such as those which held up France's game with Ukraine on Friday after unveiling plans to build a "sand stadium" in the desert.

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