• Asian imports of Iranian crude fall nearly 22 pct Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 3:47 AM ET

    *Iran sales to Asia below 1 mln bpd in Jan, first time since Oct. *Cautious optimism on Iran's nuclear deal with West. Imports by Iran's four biggest buyers- China, India, Japan and South Korea- averaged 982,525 bpd last month, the first time the level had dropped below the 1 million bpd mark since October last year, government and trade data showed.

  • Call them Islamic extremists Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 2:34 PM ET
    In this image made from video posted on a social media account affiliated with the Islamic State group on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants attack ancient artifacts with sledgehammers in the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq.

    The US needs to stop tiptoeing around religious sensitivity when it comes to terrorist acts in the name of Islam, says David Phillips.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Feb 24- The Argentine spy at the center of a scandal over last month's death of a state prosecutor was accused on Tuesday of importing tonnes of contraband merchandise during his final years as head of the country's counterintelligence office. Antonio Stiuso was forced out of the SI intelligence service in December, weeks before state prosecutor...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Feb 23- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez's popularity has been driven down by the mysterious death of an investigator who accused the populist leader of trying to cover up a deadly 1994 bombing, a poll showed on Monday. Alberto Nisman was shot dead the night of Jan 18, four days after leveling his allegation against Fernandez.

  • CNBC Update: Iran negotiations & Ukraine  Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 11:42 AM ET

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan reports on Iranian nuclear negotiations and a rise in the number of auto loans.

  • TEHRAN, Iran— Iran is concerned by a Russian cybersecurity firm's report suggesting a new family of malicious programs and worms is infecting computers there and elsewhere in the world, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Wednesday. Without naming the United States as the source of the malware, the report by Kaspersky Lab said one of the programs has elements...

  • Brother: Lawyer seeking to represent jailed Post reporter Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 3:34 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— A lawyer chosen to represent a Washington Post correspondent detained in Iran has been unable to complete formalities to defend him, the reporter's brother said Wednesday as he appealed to the judiciary and the country's top leader to examine the case. Iranian-American Jason Rezaian was detained in Tehran on July 22 along with his...

  • President Barack Obama called for "swift work" by Beijing to narrow their differences on cyber issues, the White House said, as the two sides start planning for Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Washington in September. The White House added: "The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to coordinate closely on security challenges, including by jointly...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- President Barack Obama in a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for "swift work" to narrow the countries' differences on cyber issues, the White House said. The White House added that "The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to coordinate closely on security challenges, including by jointly encouraging Iran to...

  • ANKARA/ NEW YORK, Feb 7- Iran's foreign minister has warned the United States that failure to agree a nuclear deal would likely herald the political demise of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian officials said, raising the stakes as the decade-old stand-off nears its end-game. Secretary of State John Kerry at several meetings in recent weeks,...

  • Cartoon contest denying Holocaust launched in Iran Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 2:18 PM ET
    A view of the former Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland, January 19, 2015.

    An Iranian group launched a $12,000-prize cartoon contest for cartoons denying the Holocaust happened, NBC News reports.

  • Oil volatility hits industry as ‘price war’ weighs Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 6:59 AM ET
    A floor hand for Raven Drilling works on an oil rig, drilling into the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, North Dakota.

    The rollercoaster ride in oil prices continued on Thursday, after the market tumbled on news that U.S. inventories were at a near-80 year high.

  • What the US needs to do to defeat ISIS Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 2:34 PM ET
    Members of the Iraqi Kurdish forces stand at the Khubbaz oil field, some 25 km west of the northern city of Kirkuk, as smoke billows in the background on February 2, 2015, a fews days after Peshmerga forces and police retook the area from Islamic State (IS) group.

    If the US is serious about defeating ISIS, it needs to arm the Kurds—or this is going to wind up in US boots on the ground, says David Phillips.

  • Dead prosecutor wanted to charge Argentine prez Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 2:22 PM ET
    Argentine President Cristina Kirchner

    Alberto Nisman drafted a warrant for the arrest of Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. The New York Times reports.

  • Iranian fuel oil exports trade skirts sanctions Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 11:34 AM ET

    DUBAI, Feb 3- Iran is sidestepping Western sanctions and managing to sell hundreds of thousands of tonnes of fuel oil every month through companies based in the U.S.-allied United Arab Emirates, trading sources told Reuters. But Tehran has been using innovative methods to circumvent the restrictions, several Middle East- based trading sources said.

  • *Iran circulates draft contracts to foreign firms- sources. ANKARA/ LONDON, Feb 2- Iran is sweetening the terms it offers on oil development contracts to draw the interest of foreign investors deterred by sanctions and low crude prices, as its pragmatic president seeks to deliver on his promise of economic recovery. Such deals would involve helping Iran revive...

  • *Asia buyers raise Iran imports to 1.12 mln bpd in 2014. Imports by Iran's four biggest buyers- China, India, Japan and South Korea- averaged 1.12 million barrels per day in 2014, government and tanker-tracking data showed, the highest since the region took more than 1.5 million bpd in 2011. Soaring imports last year by China and India after the partial easing of...

  • McCain: Obama delusional on possible Iran deal Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 9:28 AM ET
    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) talks to reporters after a closed door briefing June 4, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Returning from Saudi Arabia, Sen. John McCain tells CNBC he's most concerned about the threat posed by Iran.

  • President Barack Obama met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Tuesday to pay respects to the late King Abdullah and bolster a relationship that now stretches well beyond oil interests to security cooperation across the volatile Gulf Arab region. Saudi Arabia, the Middle East's top Sunni power, has been anxious over the possibility that the talks would lead to...

  • Why the chaos in Yemen matters to investors Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 3:30 PM ET
    Houthi rebel fighters patrol a road in Sanaa January 23, 2015.

    The political turmoil in Yemen may seem a peripheral issue, but it has global and regional implications spanning energy and security.