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Turkey's Alkhair Capital plans expansion, eyes Islamic bond advisory

April 15- Turkish Islamic asset manager Alkhair Capital plans to launch new funds this year and will start a service to advise on Islamic bonds, or sukuk, its general manager said. Alkhair Capital, majority-owned by Bahrain's Bank Alkhair, is the only full-fledged Islamic investment firm in the country, with AZ Global and BMD Securities offering some...
Source: Reuters | By: Bernardo Vizcaino
WRAPUP 1-Yemeni fighters attack Houthis as aid flights delayed

ADEN, April 6- Southern Yemeni militias backed by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition attacked Houthi fighters across several provinces in south Yemen on Monday, driving the Shi'ite rebel forces from some of their positions, witnesses and militia sources said. The fighting has killed hundreds of people, cut off water and electricity supplies and led the...
Source: Reuters | By: Mohammed Mukhashaf
Israel's stock market is walloping its neighbors

The most recent leg up for the Israeli markets, and leg down for regional competitors, came after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's election victory.
Source: CNBC.com | By: Jeff Cox
Dubai property king's outside deals stir investor unrest

*Chairman's role in Egypt mega-project raises eyebrows. DUBAI, April 2- As chairman of Emaar Properties, Mohamed Alabbar has shaped much of Dubai's skyline, but rapid growth in his outside real estate interests is raising the possibility of a rarity in the Gulf- open shareholder dissent. His involvement in other firms' projects, such as a planned $45 billion city in...
Source: Reuters | By: Hadeel Al Sayegh
UPDATE 1-TowerBrook to acquire women's apparel retailer J. Jill

March 31- Private equity firm TowerBrook Capital Partners LP said it would acquire women's apparel and accessories retailer J. Jill, adding to its portfolio of retail firms, which includes denim company True Religion Apparel Inc.. TowerBrook will acquire J. Jill from private equity firm Golden Gate Capital and global investment firm Arcapita.
Source: Reuters
TowerBrook to acquire women's apparel retailer J. Jill

March 31- Private equity firm TowerBrook Capital Partners LP said it would acquire women's apparel and accessories retailer J. Jill, adding to its portfolio of retail firms, which includes denim company True Religion Apparel Inc.. TowerBrook will acquire J. Jill from private equity firm Golden Gate Capital and global investment firm Arcapita.
Source: Reuters
Saudi Arabia's Yemen gamble may define its regional role for years

*Success would establish Riyadh as leader of Sunni states. RIYADH, March 27- Saudi Arabia's campaign to stop the Houthis from ruling over Yemen could define its role in the Middle East for years and shape its regional struggle with the rebels' ally Iran. Success would establish Riyadh as de facto leader of the region's Sunni states it has pulled together in a...
Source: Reuters
What another war in the Middle East means

Fighting in Yemen may not disrupt energy supplies out of the Middle East just yet, but there's much more to worry about than just oil.
Source: CNBC.com | By: Everett Rosenfeld
FACTBOX-Middle East oil, gas shipping risks; alternative routes

DUBAI, March 26- Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shi'ite Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen's president on Thursday, in a push by the world's top oil exporter to check Iranian influence in its backyard. Most of the crude exported from Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Iraq-- together with nearly all the liquefied natural...
Source: Reuters
MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf markets end well off lows after panic over Yemen

*Kuwait, Oman biggest losers after closing at peak of sell-offs. DUBAI, March 26- Most Middle East stock markets fell on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its allies in the region launched air strikes against Yemen's Houthi militia, but they came well off their lows late in the day as the initial panic subsided. Yemen's slide toward civil war has made the country a...
Source: Reuters | By: Olzhas Auyezov