BRUSSELS - EU picks Leonardo and Indra to develop European cyber situational awareness centre.
PARIS - Big data analytics specialist Temno further opens France's Campus Cyber to intelligence.
NEW YORK/MEXICO - OSINT specialist Social Links wants a share of Latin American market.
DOHA - BAE Systems nudges way into US business networks in Qatar.
Al Fardans lose counterclaim against Lebanon's Bank Audi span >
Close to Qatar's reigning Al Thani family and a key player in the country's economy, Fahad Hussain Al Fardan recently lost his bid to overturn a Qatari court's ruling against him in favour of Lebanon's Bank Audi. [...]
Hardball player Bullpen Strategy Group to launch new front for Abu Dhabi in information war against Doha span >
Bullpen, a subcontractor for Akin Gump, is netting $32,500 monthly for its role as a footsoldier in the lobbying wars between the two long-feuding Gulf states. [...]
Doha's diplomatic immunity upheld in Al-Nusra Front financing case span >
Allegations that Qatari banks and individual citizens linked to the reigning Al Thani family transferred funds to the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda will finally not be tested before Britain's Commercial Court. The accused parties were all found to have diplomatic immunity. [...]
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Tus Airways flights add towards normalisation of Qatari-Israeli relations span >
While Qatar has yet to enter the Abraham Accords, the FIFA World Cup has provided for an unprecedented Qatari-Israeli rapprochement, with Israeli fans in Doha for the event. Many have come on flights run by Tus Airways. [...]
Former Indian cyber privateer Rajat Khare is helping Qatar keep the football World Cup safe span >
Entrepreneur Rajat Khare, who industrialised the practice of hacking for hire and now heads Luxembourg investment company Boundary Holding, keeps up close relations with Qatar. He has helped companies in his investment portfolio to win security contracts at this year's FIFA World Cup. [...]
Paris creates new ambassador role for sovereign wealth funds, eyes PIF, ADIA, QIA, ADQ span >
In a bid to attract more foreign capital to France, the government is creating a new ambassadorial position for sovereign wealth funds. The new role would establish a direct channel between Paris and SWFs, especially those from the Arab Gulf states such as PIF, ADIA, QIA and ADQ. [...]
Qatar strengthens ties with the US as it tries to go sovereign in cyber span >
By teaming up with the American consulting firm JMH Group, the Qatari conglomerate Salam International is trying to take advantage of the rapprochement between the two countries to form new partnerships, particularly in cyber. [...]
Muscat and Doha jostle for lead mediatory role in Iranian nuclear talks span >
Both capitals want to be the main mediator in the negotiations on Iran's nuclear programme and are now competing directly for the role. Both have called in their respective spy chiefs to work behind the scenes to cultivate their special relationships with the West and Iran. [...]
Ba'ath Party lawyer fails to prosecute Qatar for financing Syrian opposition span >
Defending Christian Arabs, an association close to the Syrian and Iraqi Ba'ath communities, has not been able to prosecute the Emir of Qatar and former Qatari PM in London for allegedly financing the Syrian Free Army to destabilise Bashar Al Assad. [...]
Gas-hungry Europeans watch as Qatar and China talk supplies span >
Qatar has become crucial as the West races to find a solution to wean itself off Russia gas amid its rivalry with China. While the emirate is happy to align its interests with US and European groups for now, Beijing has not said its last word. [...]
Doha Bank fails to extricate itself from case of alleged Qatari funding of al-Nusra span >
A case in which Doha Bank is accused of financing the Syrian Islamic militant group Jabhat al-Nusra has been rumbling on since 2019. A new twist in the tale means that the Qatari bank is far from extricating itself from the affair. [...]
Armed with their major anti-drone contract, CS Group and Thales look to break into the Gulf span >
Now among the French army's suppliers of anti-drone equipment, the CS Group-Thales consortium wants to take advantage of this success. The Franco-Qatari cooperation will intensify right up to this year's football World Cup, while CS is trying to establish itself in Abu Dhabi with its rival MBDA. [...]
Taliban seek funds to finance new army span >
Still persona non grata in international politics, the Taliban are hoping to negotiate their first contracts with the West and shed sanctions paralysing their ambitions in Afghanistan. The Biden administration does not, for the moment, have any plans to shift its position. [...]