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Tribunal orders Panama canal construction group to pay back US$848m

PANAMA CITY: The Panama Canal Authority said on Wednesday that an arbitration tribunal has ordered the construction consortium behind the waterway's expansion to pay back nearly US$848mil to the canal authority.

Qatar asks for accountability in Khashoggi murder, sees no end to Gulf row

ROME (Reuters) - Qatar's foreign minister said on Thursday that "whoever is responsible" for the murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi should be held accountable.

Qatar welcomes Twitter crackdown on bots used to attack country online

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar said on Wednesday it welcomed a recent drive by Twitter to remove millions of automated spam bots from its website, many of which it said were being used to attack it amid a protracted dispute with its neighbours.

Saudi Arabia says it is beacon of 'light' against Iran despite Khashoggi crisis

MANAMA (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and key ally Bahrain said on Saturday that Gulf states are playing a critical role in maintaining stability in the Middle East by combating Iran's "vision of darkness", as Riyadh faces its worst political crisis in decades.

Amid Arab boycott, Qatar's new friends find rich openings

DOHA (Reuters) - Six months ago Serkan Ucar arrived in Doha to scope out business opportunities - away from his usual patch. The mission looks set to pay off handsomely, as the Turkish entrepreneur expects to win a first contract to help build an iconic 2022 World Cup stadium.

FIFA to advance African teams $2 million World Cup prize cash

(Reuters) - FIFA will advance $2 million in prize money to each of the five African teams that have qualified for the World Cup to help them prepare for the tournament, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said.

Nigeria promises to avoid pay disputes at the World Cup

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria's football federation (NFF) has signed an agreement with its players which it says will avoid the bonus and pay rows that have blighted the team's past World Cup campaigns.

Qatar shows mettle, offers compromise as Gulf states prepare meeting

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar announced plans for a steep rise in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production capacity on Tuesday that suggested it was ready for a protracted dispute with Gulf neighbours, but Doha said it was doing all it could to reach agreement.

Scomi to ensure on the dot delivery of four-car trains

PETALING JAYA: Scomi Engineering Bhd would take all efforts to ensure the remaining seven four-car trains are delivered to Prasarana Malaysia Bhd on schedule after the dispute between both parties were recently ironed out with the signing of a third supplemental agreement for the RM494mil expansion of the KL Monorail project.

Breakfast briefing: Friday, February 3 (Update)

Breakfast briefing: Friday, February 3