Iran threatens ‘all-out war’ if action taken over Saudi oil strike

Foreign minister’s comments further inflame tensions in Persian Gulf after oil attacksIran’s foreign minister has warned that any attack on his country after a series of missile strikes on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry would result in “all-out war”.Javad…

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UK reclaims place as world’s second largest arms exporter

Figures reveal record £14bn sales last year with nearly 80% going to Middle EastBritish defence exports rose to a record £14bn in 2018, with sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and other countries in the Middle East accounting for nearly 80% of that …

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Manchester City’s plan for global domination

Football has already been transformed by big money – but the businessmen behind Man City are trying to build a global corporation that will change the game for ever. By Giles Tremlett

On 19 December 2009, Pep Guardiola stood and wept in the middle of Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The 38-year-old Barcelona manager clasped a hand across his face as his body gave way to huge, shoulder-heaving sobs. Zlatan Ibrahimović, the club’s towering Swedish striker, wrapped a tattooed arm around Guardiola’s neck and then gave him a vigorous push in order to jolt him out of it. But Guardiola could not stop. It was a strange place for the world’s most celebrated football coach to break down: Barcelona had just won a game that few people watched on television to secure one of football’s most obscure titles, the Fifa Club World Cup. But the victory secured an unbreakable record: Barcelona had won all six titles available to any club in a single year. That is why Pep was sobbing.

Back at home in Barcelona, it was a bittersweet moment for Ferran Soriano. A hairdresser’s son from the city’s working-class district of Poblenou, Soriano had become one of FC Barcelona’s top executives – and had helped build what could now claim to be the greatest football team the world had ever seen. “I was happy, but it was also painful not to be there when the team reached its pinnacle,” he told me. Instead, he picked up the phone and called Guardiola.

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Qatar makes legal complaint to WTO over Gulf trade boycott

Doha makes formal complaint against ‘coercive attempts at economic isolation’ by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE

Qatar has filed a wide-ranging legal complaint at the World Trade Organisation to challenge a trade boycott by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates, Qatar’s WTO representative Ali Alwaleed al-Thani has told Reuters.

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Qatar crisis highlights rising UK energy reliance on imports

Fall in North Sea output means Britain imports nearly one-third of its gas from a small Gulf state whose transport links have just been severed by neighbours

Britain’s increasing reliance on energy imports as the North Sea’s oil and gas wealth declines has been highlighted by the diplomatic crisis engulfing Qatar.

Nearly a third of the UK’s gas imports are from the tiny Gulf state, the world’s largest producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), which it ships to Europe and Asia, including to its three biggest customers: Japan; India; and South Korea.

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Dubai’s teen eco-warrior: ‘It was preordained that I’d take care of mother earth’

Kehkashan Basu’s activism began when she planted a seed in her parents’ garden. Thousands of trees later, she has inspired young people and won a peace prize

When she turned eight, Kehkashan Basu decided that she was grown up enough to begin her lifetime’s work. And so on her birthday she planted a sea grape seed in the garden of her parents’ apartment block in Dubai.

Related: The world’s 3.5bn young people are the key to change – let’s not shut them out

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Ex-EU commissioner Neelie Kroes failed to declare directorship of offshore firm

Leak of files from Bahamas corporate register reveals former head of Europe’s antitrust watchdog was recruited by UAE venture set up to buy Enron assets

The former European commissioner Neelie Kroes, who is now a paid adviser to Bank of America and Uber, failed to declare her directorship of an offshore firm in the Bahamas while she was the most powerful corporate enforcer in Brussels.

A cache of previously unseen documents published on Wednesday reveal that Kroes was recruited by a venture funded by the United Arab Emirates, which intended to snap up the international assets of the energy company Enron in a $7bn (£5.4bn) deal.

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