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    A senior Iranian official on Tuesday delivered a sharp threat in response to economic sanctions being readied by the United States, saying his country would retaliate against any crackdown by blocking all oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital artery for transporting about one-fifth of the world’s oil supply.

  • Euro Bobs and Weaves, Sanctions Hit Iran's Rial Thursday, 22 Dec 2011 | 8:14 AM ET
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    Euro zone fights continue, Iranian rial dives - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Five Things Investors Have to Worry About in 2012 Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 12:36 PM ET
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    Investors can blame Europe for choking off stock market gains in 2011. But there’s a growing list of geopolitical flashpoints lurking in 2012—and any one of them could pose a risk to stocks.

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    In a move that could change the entire dynamic on the drive to economically isolate Iran’s regime, one Chinese company has done the unthinkable, and chosen to voluntarily stop pursuing new business activities in Iran.

  • Use Oil Rally On Iran Fears to Sell, Say Pros Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 1:00 PM ET

    A couple of “Fast Money” pros largely brushed aside concerns about Iran’s effect on crude oil prices Tuesday, focusing instead on decreasing demand as the stronger factor in the commodities market.

  • Oil Pops Above $100 Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 12:15 PM ET
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    Crude futures are back near $100 a barrel on supply concerns and reports that Iran is conducting military exercises. The trade on oil, with Daniel Dicker, TheStreet.com senior contributor.

  • Oil Jumps on Iranian Military Exercises Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 10:15 AM ET
    Oil Jumps on Iranian Military Exercises

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports on the rise of oil prices as Iran's military exercises take place in the Strait of Hormuz.

  • A woman shouts as she blocks the entry of army tanks to Tahrir Square on January 30, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Cairo remained in a state of flux and marchers continued to protest in the streets and defy curfew, demanding the resignation of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarek. As President Mubarak struggles to regain control after five days of protests he has appointed Omar Suleiman as vice-president. The present death toll stands at 100 and up to 2,000 people are thought to have been injured during the

    Now that the "Arab Spring" is turning into the "Arab Winter" the former prime minister writes, "the challenge emerging from the changes taking place is so big that we had better put in place a common Western strategy or we'll find that national approaches are totally irrelevant to shape events there."

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    As tensions are escalating between Iran and the West, one thing is for sure: If there is anything worse than the global crisis, it may be the eventual recovery.

  • Oil Flirts with $100 as Iran Tensions Rise Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011 | 2:34 PM ET
    Protesters carry the royal coat of arms after breaking in to the British Embassy during an anti-British demonstration in the Iranian capital on November 29, 2011 in Tehran, Iran.

    US oil prices are flirting with $100 a barrel but don't fully reflect the potential for escalating tensions between the West and Iran, oil experts say.

  • Pro: Oil Could Be Headwind for Market in 2012 Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011 | 1:36 PM ET

    Energy led the market higher Tuesday, and "Fast Money" trader Joe Terranova thinks the play is oil.

  • Protesters Storm British Embassy in Iran Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011 | 10:54 AM ET
    Protesters Storm British Embassy in Iran

    Iranian protesters stormed the British Embassy in Iran and ransack offices.

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    Japan walks softly carrying its intervention stick, and Italy votes on austerity - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Rick Santorum: The Iranian Threat Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 | 1:12 PM ET
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    We must work with Israel to determine the proper military response needed to stabilize the region, protect our allies and protect this country – if that includes targeted airstrikes on Iranian nuclear facilities, then I am prepared to authorize that action.

  • U.S. Charges Two Men in Murder Plot Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011 | 2:20 PM ET
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    CNBC's Eamon Javers reports Attorney General Eric Holder says the U.S. has charged two men, originally from Iran, for conspiracy to murder Saudi Arabian Ambassador.

  • JPMorgan to Pay $88 Million for Violating US Sanctions Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 | 4:34 PM ET
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    JPMorgan has agreed to pay $88.3 million to settle potential civil liability for apparent violations of a wide range of US sanctions, the Treasury department said.

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    Bahrain began its highly-anticipated National Dialogue this week in an effort to restore confidence both domestically and internationally that the Kingdom is committed to working through issues that sparked unrest within its borders in mid-February.

  • OPEC's Oil Production Game: What to Watch Out For Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 2:32 PM ET
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    So if OPEC trumpets a 1.5 million barrel rise in daily output, is this just an admission of what’s going on anyway or is this new oil? If it’s the latter, then that is meaningful. If it’s the former, don’t get too excited.

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    With oil-producing countries in turmoil and crude gushing to triple digits, OPEC finds itself after 50 years at a critical crossroads.  The group produces 40% of the world’s oil, but unrest and revolution in member countries has compromised output.

  • EU Targets Fresh Iran Sanctions Monday, 23 May 2011 | 7:23 AM ET
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    The European Union has extended a blacklist of individuals and companies with links to Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs as it looks to clamp down on investment and technology transfer into the country.