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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

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Twitter announced Monday that co-founder Jack Dorsey was stepping down immediately as CEO, with the company's chief technical officer Parag Agrawal replacing him.

"Twitter, Inc. today announced that Jack Dorsey has decided to step down as chief executive officer and that the Board of Directors has unanimously appointed Parag Agrawal as CEO and a member of the board, effective immediately," the company said in a statement.

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Twitter’s stock, which has consistently underperformed the market, jumped more than 10 percent at the opening bell Monday.

CNBC first reported that Dorsey may step down soon, citing anonymous sources.

Twitter Inc. did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press early Monday.

Dorsey is also the top executive at Square, a financial payments company that he founded, and some big investors have openly questioned whether he can be effective leading both.

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IATA chief voices concerns over Airbus-Qatar jet order row

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The head of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) waded into a high-profile dispute between Airbus and Qatar Airways on Tuesday, saying the plane maker’s decision to cancel a jetliner contract was a new and “worrying” development.

IATA Director General Willie Walsh, who ran airlines group IAG before taking the helm of the industry’s trade body, said he and other airline industry chiefs hoped to understand what lay behind the dispute and told reporters it was important for relations between airlines and suppliers to return to normal.

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Last Friday, Airbus cancelled an order of 50 A321neo aircraft from Qatar Airways in an escalating dispute over Doha grounding the plane maker’s bigger A350.

“We confirm that we have terminated the contract for 50 A321s with Qatar Airways, in accordance with our rights,” an Airbus spokesman told AFP following a Bloomberg report on the decision.

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Saudi Arabia and Iraq to sign MoU on linking power grids

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Saudi Arabia and Iraq are going to sign a memorandum of understanding to link the power grids of the two countries, the Saudi energy ministry announced on Twitter on Tuesday.

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Kuwait approves Credit Bank capital hike by $933 mln to $10.9 bln

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The Government of Kuwait has agreed with a parliamentary committee on increasing the capital of Kuwait Credit Bank by 300 million dinars ($993.31 million) to 3.3 billion dinars ($10.9 billion), the finance minister, Abdulwahab Mohammed al-Rushaid, said on Tuesday.

The government has also given the go-ahead to reschedule 500 million dinars ($1.65 billion) in bonds owed by the bank to the Kuwait Fund for Development, the minister said.

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The parliamentary proposal had aimed to increase the capital of the Credit Bank by 750 million dinars in order to finance housing units for Kuwaiti citizens.

The state-run Kuwait Credit Bank currently provides interest-free loans to eligible citizens to build, buy or renovate housing but it has been suffering from a lack of liquidity due to the increase of housing requests.

Spending is to fall 4.8 percent to 21.9 billion dinars, with capital expenditure accounting for 13.2 percent of that sum, according to a Bloomberg report.

Kuwait will also not transfer 10 percent of the total revenue to the Future Generations Fund, or sovereign wealth fund, under a 2020 law barring such transfers in deficit years, reported Bloomberg.

However, according to a Reuters poll, of 25 economists “all six economies in the Gulf Cooperation Council would grow faster this year than was expected three months ago.”

Saudi Arabia was predicted to top the list with growth of 5.7 percent, followed by Kuwait and the UAE with 5.3 percent and 4.8 percent respectively, according to the same Reuters report.

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