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  • March 26- Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday it had launched military operations in Yemen, carrying out air strikes in coordination with a 10- country coalition seeking to beat back Houthi militia forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the country's president had taken refuge. The crisis risks spiraling into a proxy war with Shi'ite Iran backing...

  • March 26- Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday it had launched military operations in Yemen, carrying out air strikes in coordination with a 10- country coalition seeking to beat back Houthi militia forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the country's president had taken refuge. The crisis risks spiraling into a proxy war with Shi'ite Iran backing...

  • UPDATE 1-Iran storing 30 million barrels of oil at sea Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 12:28 PM ET

    LONDON/ SINGAPORE, March 25- Iran is storing at least 30 million barrels of oil on its fleet of supertankers as Western sanctions continue to keep a lid on sales, tanker market sources say. World powers are trying to reach a framework deal with Tehran by the end of the month that would restrict the most sensitive aspects of Iran's disputed atomic programme in return...

  • ALLAHYAR, Iran— Here in this Persian replica of Mecca, built at the cost of millions of dollars, an Iranian film company is attempting to offer the world a literal glimpse of the Prophet Muhammad despite traditional taboos against it. The movie "Muhammad, Messenger of God" already recalls the grandeur— and expense— of a Cecil B. DeMille film, with the narrow alleyways...

  • Why Gulf should be more worried about Yemen than oil Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 11:02 AM ET
    Houthi rebel fighters patrol a road in Sanaa January 23, 2015.

    Civil strife and terrorism in Yemen could pose a greater threat to the Gulf countries of the Middle East than tumbling oil prices, a major bank said.

  • Rasmussen: Concerned about Russia, ISIS   Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 9:37 PM ET
    Nato flag

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former secretary-general at NATO, discusses the threat of ongoing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, as well as the rise of the Islamic state.

  • Putin's role in Iran's nuclear ambitions   Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 3:16 PM ET
    Putin's role in Iran's nuclear ambitions

    Bill Browder, Hermitage Capital CEO and Author of "Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice." discusses Russia's involvement with talks in Iran.

  • Iran deadline nears   Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 3:14 PM ET
    Iran deadline nears

    Global powers and Iran continue the negotiating process over Iran's controversial nuclear program. CNBC's Eamon Javers reports where things stand as the deadline approaches.

  • RIYADH/ DUBAI, March 23- Yemen's top factions are squaring off for battle after months of skirmishes, turning respectively to neighbouring Saudi Arabia and its regional rival Iran for help in what may become all-out war. With President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi seeking a comeback from the port city of Aden while the Shi'ite Houthi movement controls the capital...

  • Global flash points: Iran and ISIS   Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 7:06 AM ET
    Global flash points: Iran and ISIS

    Robert Hormats, Kissinger Associates, shares his thoughts on geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.

  • FGE: Oil to touch $35-$40 by Q2 2015   Sunday, 22 Mar 2015 | 9:36 PM ET
    Fereidun Fesharaki, chairman and chief executive officer of FACTS Global Energy Group

    Fereidun Fesharaki, chairman at FACTS Global Energy (FGE), explains why he expects global oil prices to touch $35-$40 per barrel by the end of the second quarter.

  • SEOUL, March 23- U.S. crude futures fell on Monday as Saudi Arabia's oil minister said that OPEC will not take sole responsibility for propping up the oil price, and the U.S. dollar started trade in Asia on the defensive on interest-rate uncertainty. "We tried, we held meetings and we did not succeed because countries were insisting that OPEC carry the burden and we...

  • No Iran deal as talks hit abrupt end for the week Saturday, 21 Mar 2015 | 6:52 AM ET
    Iran Nuclear program

    Intensive talks on limiting Iran's nuclear program ended abruptly with the two sides still divided over some important issues. The NY Times reports.

  • Kudlow: Why is US trying to do business with Iran? Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 9:48 PM ET
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) and EU envoy Catherine Ashton pose for photographers before a meeting in Vienna November 22, 2014.

    Retired Gen. Petraeus joined Netanyahu in saying it is Iran, not ISIS, that is the real enemy. So why is the US trying to do business with Iran?

  • *Dollar down 1 pct vs euro after Merkel comments on Greece. Oil could gain further in the afternoon if U.S. oil rig count data from private firm Baker Hughes at 1 p.m. EDT shows another sharp decline, which may point to lower production in the future. "The Baker Hughes numbers could certainly be pivotal to afternoon trade, but for now, all eyes are on the dollar and the euro,...

  • Iran talks success and failure—both risky: Eurasia Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 10:52 AM ET
    Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group president.

    With word of a snag in the Iran nuclear talks, Eurasia's Ian Bremmer tells CNBC the U.S. is in a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't situation.

  • *Kuwait says OPEC must keep output steady. LONDON, March 20- Brent crude oil fell towards $54 a barrel on Friday and was on track for its third straight weekly loss, hurt by oversupply worries after Kuwait said OPEC had no choice but to maintain output levels. "Oil has been under pressure following remarks by Kuwait's oil minister and the very slim chance of an...

  • *Kuwait says OPEC must keep output steady. SINGAPORE, March 20- Brent crude fell towards $54 a barrel on Friday and was on track for its third weekly loss, hurt by oversupply worries after Kuwait said OPEC had no choice but to maintain output levels. High inventory in the United States, the world's largest oil consumer, also weighed on prices.

  • *Kuwait says OPEC must keep output steady. *Iraq's southern crude oil export rate up in March. SINGAPORE, March 20- Brent prices rebounded towards $55 a barrel on Friday as the dollar weakened slightly, but gains were limited by supply concerns after Kuwait said OPEC had no choice but to maintain output levels.

  • *Kuwait says OPEC must keep output steady. *Iraq's southern crude oil export rate up in March. SINGAPORE, March 20- Brent prices rebounded towards $55 a barrel on Friday as the dollar weakened, but gains were limited by supply concerns after Kuwait said OPEC had no choice but to maintain output levels.