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  • Osama bin Laden

    Computers taken from Osama Bin Laden's Pakistan compound could reveal a motherlode of information on Al Qaeda donors and has probably already dealt a serious blow to Al Qaeda fund raising, according to a Middle East law expert.

  • Saudi-dissident Osama Bin Laden sits on floor with his AK-47 rifle in his hide outs in Afghanistan 08 November, 2001. Osama bin Laden in an interview with a Pakistani newspaper denied reports he had been hospitalized in Dubai for kidney treatment.

    The former chief of the CIA's Middle East and South Asia division told CNBC he believes people affiliated with the Pakistani government knew that Osama Bin Laden was hiding in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

  • Saudi-born alleged terror mastermind Osama bin Laden is seen in this video footage recorded at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan aired by the Qatar-based satelite TV station al-Jazeera in 2001.

    Turns out a lot of people using Twitter Sunday night asked "Who is Osama Bin Laden?" as the site went nuts with news of his death. Really? Even if you've been living under a rock (or cave in Tora Bora) or without internet service (like, in a compound in Abottabad), you know who "OBL" is, right? Not so.

  • Celebrations at ground zero after news that Osama bin Laden had been killed

    The euphoric scenes that met the death of Osama Bin Laden will not boost President Barack Obama’s re-election hopes, according to Alastair Newton, a political analyst at Nomura in London.

  • The hideout of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin

    A member of the US Senate Intelligence Committee has told CNBC that the death of Osama Bin Laden was a direct result of enhanced interrogations.

  • Although hard to quantify, the "Mad Money" host thinks bin Laden's death will impact consumer confidence.

  • A Personal Recollection

    Sharing his loss and his personal views on Osama bin Laden's death, with John Duffy, KBW chairman/CEO.

  • Are We Safer Now?

    The question remains as to whether we are safer now than we were yesterday. Insight with Rich Miniter, "Mastermind: The Many Faces of 9-11 Architect" author and Michael Balboni, former Obama Homeland Security advisor.

  • Markets went up in reaction to Barack Obama’s announcement Sunday night that the Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been killed, despite uncertainties as far as what this news will mean geopolitically.

  • Cityscape at sunrise, Kabul, Afghanistan

    Fraud and mismanagement have resulted in enormous losses, heightening concerns about wider repercussions, the New York Times reports.

  • This Veteran's Day, one company started by a "serial entrepreneur" provides a uniquely modern way to say "thank you". Products for Good sells "liberated Iraqi coins" which people buy for veterans in their lives.

  • Justin and Gen. Patraeus

    According to the SBA, one in seven veterans are self-employed or small business owners and about one quarter of veterans say they are interested in starting and buying their own businesses. The percentage is even higher among women veterans, noted the SBA.

  • Medal of Honor: Taliban

    Electronic Arts is counting heavily on its Medal of Honor franchise to help boost revenue in the holiday quarter, but as the title gets closer to launch, it’s finding itself in the crosshairs of game industry critics.

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    Military documents reflect deep suspicions among U.S. officials that Pakistan’s spy service has for years guided the Afghan insurgency with a hidden hand.  The NYT reports.

  • Controversial private security firm Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide, is gearing up for a new mission in Afghanistan and new ownership.

  • As Washington discusses the dismissal of General Stanley McChrystal as the top military commander in Afghanistan and his replacement by General David Petraeus, one investor said there is at last hope for the war-torn country.

  • Cityscape at sunrise, Kabul, Afghanistan

    Investors shouldn't get too excited about the trove of mineral treasures found in Afghanistan. Experts, including hedge fund manager Dennis Gartman, say  it could take at least a decade before the find yields anything in the marketplace.

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    Long before there was MoneyGram and Western Union, people in South Asian countries often used an informal network of brokers, called an "hawala," to transfer money over long distances when it was too inconvenient or dangerous to send cash by courier.

  • US Debt Clock

    The government’s surging deficit can be cut, easy. Getting it done? Almost impossible. Economic recovery and the end to stimulus spending will do the heavy lifting in Treasury's plan to slash the deficit.

  • Barack Obama

    Barack Obama arrived unannounced in Afghanistan on Sunday, his first visit to the war zone that could define his presidency since his election as U.S. commander-in-chief.