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  • Has poor governance in the Middle East aided ISIS? Friday, 22 May 2015 | 2:58 PM ET
    An Iraqi fighter from the Shiite Muslim Al-Abbas popular mobilization unit monitors from his position near the village of Nukhayb west of Baghdad, on May 19, 2015.

    A senior political figure from the Middle East said that a lack of governance and "violent" policies were partly responsible for the rise of ISIS.

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on two firms based in Iraq and in the United Arab Emirates for helping Iran purchase second-hand civilian aircraft. Treasury said the sanctions applied to Iraq- based Al-Naser Airlines as well as UAE- based Sky Blue Bird Aviation for providing support to Iranian airline Mahan Air.

  • *Prices up despite Iran saying OPEC output cuts unlikely. SINGAPORE, May 18- Oil prices edged up on Monday following fighting in Iraq and Yemen, but Iranian comments that OPEC was unlikely to cut output as well as signs of strengthening U.S. production capped gains. Prices were supported by concerns that conflict in Iraq and Yemen could disrupt supplies after...

  • *Prices up despite Iran saying OPEC output cuts unlikely. SINGAPORE, May 18- Oil prices rose on Monday on supply concerns in the Middle East following fighting in Iraq and Yemen, but Iranian comments that OPEC was unlikely to cut output as well as signs of strengthening U.S. production capped gains. Prices were supported by concerns that conflict in Iraq and Yemen...

  • *Iran still looking for OPEC "cooperation" on oil prices. Iran, along with Venezuela, has repeatedly called for OPEC to cut output to shore up low prices that have eaten into producers' oil revenues. Javadi's comments signal an admission that the group was unlikely to agree to a reduction, especially after its current strategy has succeeded in curbing non- OPEC...

  • *OPEC unlikely to cut output at June meeting. A recent framework deal on Iran's disputed nuclear programme between Tehran and world powers could see sanctions on Iran eventually lifted if a more permanent pact is finalised by a June deadline. Javadi said the OPEC producer expected to claw back lost market share in Asia.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, May 18- Iran hopes its crude oil exports will return to pre-sanctions levels within three months once a deal with major powers to lift an oil embargo is finalised, Iran's deputy oil minister said on Monday. "Yes, 2.5, around," he said on the sidelines of the Asia Oil and Gas Conference in Kuala Lumpur. A recent framework deal on Iran's disputed nuclear...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— No one onboard a Singapore- flagged commercial tanker that was fired on by an Iranian naval patrol in the Persian Gulf was injured and the ship did not sustain serious damage, the companies responsible for it said Friday. The tanker had been in international waters on its way from Bahrain to the port of Fujairah in the United Arab...

  • SEOUL, May 15- South Korea's imports of Iranian crude fell 6.5 percent in April from a year ago, with its oil shipments from the OPEC country in the first four months of 2015 dropping nearly 14 percent year-on-year to meet international sanction requirements. South Korea and other Asian buyers can import crude form the Islamic nation at sanctions-reduced rates...

  • Iran fires on Singapore-flagged ship: NBC News   Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 9:28 AM ET
    Iran fires on Singapore-flagged ship: NBC News

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan reports Iran fired on a Singapore-flagged tanker ship that was passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

  • TEHRAN, Iran— In an unusual move by Tehran's mayor, hundreds of copies of famous artworks— both of world masters and Iranian artists— have been plastered on some 1,500 billboards across the city, transforming the Iranian capital into a gigantic, open-air exhibition. "It says Iranians are art lovers, too," says the 57- year-old Tehran businessman.

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, May 14- Major banks wary of heavy U.S. penalties will be reluctant to restore ties with Iran even if sanctions are lifted in a possible nuclear deal, bank executives and advisers say, likely denting Iran's ambition to attract foreign investment to revive its crippled economy. After years of being frozen out of the global banking system and...

  • Congress needs to be careful with Iran Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 5:18 PM ET
    Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

    Congress wants a say in Iran nuclear talks but it could further destabilize the Middle East in the process, says Dan Steinbock.

  • CNBC update: China investment   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 12:29 PM ET
    CNBC update: China investment

    President Obama is meeting with the Saudi crown prince, Philadelphia's Mayor says the "black box" of the derailed train has been recovered, and China is allowing 32 foreign companies to trade bonds, reports CNBC's Sue Herera.

  • Here’s why Iran and Iraq should worry OPEC Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 6:01 AM ET
    Oil Iraq OPEC

    The only languages that really count at this summer's OPEC meeting will be Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish and money.

  • *Operations in Gulf, Europe could come back to life. May 12- Iran may be about to restore banking links with the rest of the world after years of separation, but the process won't be easy as its Islamic financial system has evolved in ways that will complicate ties with foreign banks. Iran's Islamic banking assets totalled 17,344 trillion riyals as of March 2014, or...

  • Saudi’s US snub about this: Former ambassador Monday, 11 May 2015 | 5:22 PM ET
    Saudi new King Salman (R) meets with US President Barack Obama at the Erga Palace in the capital Riyadh on January 27, 2015.

    “This has been a slow moving train wreck over several years,” said Robert Jordan, former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

  • Saudi King snubs US   Monday, 11 May 2015 | 10:46 AM ET
    Saudi King snubs US

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is not coming to meetings in the U.S. Insight, with CNBC's John Harwood.

  • *Iran- allied Houthi forces accept truce to let in aid. *UAE welcomes move, hopes they won't act as Iran proxy. CAIRO/ ADEN, May 10- Yemen's dominant Houthi group accepted a five-day humanitarian ceasefire proposed by its adversary Saudi Arabia on Sunday but said it would respond to any violations of the pause.

  • UPDATE 2-Saudi Arabia offers five-day Yemen ceasefire Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 10:31 AM ET

    RIYADH/ CAIRO, May 7- Saudi Arabia offered a five-day humanitarian truce on Thursday to the Houthi militia it has hit with weeks of airstrikes in neighboring Yemen, on condition that fighting across Yemen stops. The offer of a truce comes days after the Houthis started shelling Saudi border towns, prompting renewed airstrikes in Yemen, and as the militia advanced...