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Marvel park

Marvel Entertainment's superheroes will be featured in a cutting-edge Dubai theme park set to open in 2011. Marvel and United Arab Emirates-based Al Ahli Group on Tuesday unveiled a partnership for the park, which boasts $1 billion in direct investments. The deal brings Marvel's full library of characters, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer, to the park, which is part of Dubai's focus on expanding in the entertainment and hospitality sectors. AAG and Marvel said they also are in talks about potential additional projects in the greater Pan Arabia region.

Liberty amends

Liberty Media Corp. has amended a recent tender offer for its own stock, saying Tuesday that it now will solely buy Series A and no Series B common stock. Terms of the buyback are unchanged. Liberty will acquire up to nearly 8.9 million shares for $105-$113 each.

Loonland losses

COLOGNE, Germany — Shares of German kid video firm TVLoonland dropped more than 35% on Tuesday after the company said it had booked a loss equal to more than half of its issued capital. The announcement comes after months of mostly positive news from the Munich-based producer-licenser, which switched management last year after a shareholder's revolt. Releasing the company's fiscal second-quarter figures, CEO Simon Flamank said Loonland had "turned a corner" by trimming losses and boosting revenue by 46%. Loonland was playing its cards close to its chest Tuesday, only revealing that the massive loss was "determined" as management prepared its annual accounts for 2006. No reasons for the loss were given.