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  • US sanctions North Korea for Sony hacks Friday, 2 Jan 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

    The U.S. government tightened sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for the devastating cyberattacks against Sony.

  • Falling oil prices will hurt countries across the Middle East unless Saudi Arabia takes steps to reverse the slump, Iran's deputy foreign minister said.

  • SEOUL, Jan 2- U.S. crude futures rose over $54 a barrel on the first trading day of 2015 in Asia, supported by last week's larger-than-expected fall in U.S. crude stocks but inventories at the oil hub at Cushing, Oklahoma, grew, keeping prices depressed. *U.S. crude gained 80 cents a barrel at $54.07 as of 2346 GMT after it fell 85 cents to settle at $53.27 a barrel on the last...

  • DUBAI, Jan 1- Falling world oil prices will hurt countries across the Middle East unless Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest crude exporter, takes action to reverse the slump, Iran's deputy foreign minister told Reuters. Oil prices closed on Wednesday at a 5-1/ 2 year low, registering their second-biggest ever annual decline after OPEC oil exporters, led by Saudi...

  • Don't cheer Iraq oil agreement just yet Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 12:39 PM ET

    U.S. officials heralded the oil revenue-sharing agreement in Iraq but they should not rush to judgment. Here's why.

  • Washington tries "passive tough love" in Iraq Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 4:58 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 29- When the United States withdrew its last troops from Iraq at the end of 2011, both Washington and Baghdad said Iraq was ready to defend itself. Washington has sent 1,900 troops to Iraq, while U.S. forces and their allies have conducted more than 1,300 air strikes against Islamic State, in both Iraq and Syria. Jonathan Stevenson, who from 2011 to...

  • *Asia's Jan-Nov imports from Iran at 1.11 mln bpd, up 19.5 pct. But overseas purchases by Asia, which is home to the top four buyers of Iranian oil, could be hit by the uncertainty over when Tehran and world powers would be able to settle a 12- year dispute over Iran's nuclear ambitions, industry sources said. Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and...

  • Cramer Remix: These stocks are winners Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 7:11 PM ET
    Jim Cramer on Mad Money.

    From retail to restaurants, "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer is naming his top buys in the wake of the Dow hitting 18K.

  • Cramer: As ISIS grows, so do defense stocks Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 6:56 PM ET
    A KC-135 Stratotanker from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., refuels a B-1B Lancer during a training exercise Sept. 23, 2014, over South Dakota.

    As the U.S. reduces its military budget, Jim Cramer sees allied countries are arming themselves. This is good news for one group of stocks.

  • DUBAI, Dec 22- A big oil price slide will hurt Iran's attempts to rescue battered living standards, but economic pain is unlikely to soften its stance in nuclear talks or end aid to allies such as Syria, matters seen by its ruling clerics as strategic priorities. Economic misery due to sanctions and mismanagement has been a reality for years, and while social...

  • What needs to happen next in Iraq Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 5:27 PM ET
    Peshmerga fighters departed from the Zommar district arrive in the Sinun town of Sinjar district of Mosul, to fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, in Iraq on December 19, 2014.

    The next thing that needs to happen in Iraq is liberating Mosul, says David Phillips. Here's how local leaders envision it.

  • Sunni Arabs 'freaked out' about Iran: Friedman  Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 8:13 AM ET

    Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times, discusses how oil is prompting a geopolitical shift in Middle East power structures.

  • UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18- Iran has not demonstrated sufficient flexibility in nuclear talks with six world powers aimed at ending a 12- year standoff with the Islamic Republic over its atomic ambitions, France and Britain said on Thursday. The remarks, at the United Nations, came just after the completion of another inconclusive round of negotiations in Geneva...

  • Chinese pollution, American profits Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:43 PM ET
    A man wearing a 3M mask in Beijing

    China's severe pollution problems have been a boon to at least one big American company.

  • UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18- Iran has not demonstrated sufficient flexibility in nuclear talks with six world powers aimed at ending a 12- year standoff with the Islamic Republic over its atomic ambitions, France and Britain said on Thursday. The remarks at the United Nations came just after the completion of another inconclusive round of negotiations in Geneva...

  • US and Iran could become, well, BFFs...really Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:52 PM ET
    Robotic arms weld car bodies at the automated Khodro auto plant in Tehran, Iran, Dec. 9, 2013.

    Some observers say a less acrimonious future between the United States and Iran makes economic sense.

  • Three possible outcomes for Iran Nuclear Talks  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:50 AM ET

    A number of variables could influence the way the latest round of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program shape up, Ian Bremmer told CNBC.

  • Iraq's Kurdistan says to deepen ties with Iran Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 5:11 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 17- Iraqi Kurdistan plans to strengthen its relationship with Iran, the prime minister of the semi-autonomous region said on Wednesday in an acknowledgement of the deepening ties between Arbil and Tehran. Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said in a statement a new oil deal between Arbil and Baghdad would not impact the Kurdistan Regional...

  • Iran hackers may target US energy, defense firms Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 10:58 PM ET

    The FBI has warned U.S. businesses to be on the alert for a sophisticated Iranian hacking operation whose targets include defense contractors, energy firms and educational institutions.

  • Cramer Remix: How you'll know when oil's bottomed Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 7:15 PM ET
    Jim Cramer on Mad Money.

    "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer is looking for some specific signals to spot the end of the slide.