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  • DUBAI/ RIYADH, Sept 30- The decision by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to join air strikes in Syria reflects an increasingly muscular foreign policy by the Gulf Arab heavyweights that has already started to reshape the balance of power in the Middle East.

  • For some gays abroad, social networking poses risk Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    In one chilling case earlier this year in Pakistan, police arrested a paramedic on suspicion of killing three men he had met via the gay social network Manjam, which is based in London but has many users in Asia and the Middle East.

  • *Insurgents' next steps will dictate Yemen, Hadi's fate. SANAA, Sept 24- President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has warned Yemenis their country is heading toward civil war after the takeover of the capital by Shi'ite Muslim rebels, a move that has allowed the insurgents to dictate terms to a weakened, fractured government.

  • *Big infrastructure projects pushing up spending. DUBAI, Sept 24- Saudi Arabia's state finances could fall into the red next year and the country could start running down its huge foreign reserves if it does not rein in the growth of government spending, the International Monetary Fund said.

  • Yemen president warns of civil war as factions collide Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    SANAA, Sept 24- President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has warned Yemenis their country is heading towards civil war after the takeover of the capital by Shi'ite Muslim rebels, a move that has allowed the insurgents to dictate terms to a weakened, fractured government.

  • DUBAI, Sept 24- Saudi Arabia's economic growth eased to an annual 3.8 percent in the second quarter of 2014, the lowest rate in a year, because of a slowdown in the oil sector, official data showed on Wednesday.

  • US: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    PARIS— Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday.

  • *Riyadh trains Syrian rebels, praised new Iraq govt. RIYADH, Sept 17- In its war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria the United States wants strong public support from Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and champion of Arab Sunni Muslims.

  • HRH Turki al Faisal, chairman at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, discusses the benefits of opening up the Saudi Arabia stock exchange and the opportunities in the country.

  • Why it's so hard to call the end of a drought Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    Unlike a hurricane, tornado or snowstorm, the ends and beginning of droughts are very hard to predict.

  • DUBAI, Sept 16- The opening of Saudi Arabia's stock market to direct foreign investment early next year is set to coincide with a pick-up in earnings growth in the kingdom, which has lagged the region in the past few years.

  • JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Sept 15- As President Barack Obama knits together an international coalition to take its campaign against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria, fighters like Ammar al-Wawi could make the difference.

  • *SocGen, BTMU, Goldman set up sukuk programmes since June. Sept 14- Islamic bond programmes from a trio of big conventional banks are set to expand the boundaries of Islamic finance, helping open the market to first-time issuers while testing the banks' ability to win over industry purists.

  • Commodities Next Week: The slide continues     Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks ahead at where oil and precious metals are likely headed next week.

  • Big oil question: When—and if—output cuts will come Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 9:55 AM ET
    An oil drilling rig operated by Petroleos Mexicans (Pemex) off the coast of Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico.

    Traders are concerned that longer-term global growth will impact demand for crude oil. So will producers scale back?

  • S&P Energy down 3%     Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 1:01 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis reports what factors are pushing oil prices down.

  • *OPEC August output 1.15 mln bpd above 2015 requirement. LONDON, Sept 10- Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia told OPEC it reduced its oil output in August by 400,000 barrels per day, a cutback coinciding with a drop in oil prices towards the kingdom's preferred level of $100 a barrel.

  • LONDON, Sept 10- Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia told OPEC it reduced its oil output in August by 400,000 barrels per day, a cutback coinciding with a drop in oil prices towards the kingdom's preferred level of $100 a barrel.

  • *OPEC delegates blame oversupply for price drop. LONDON/ DUBAI, Sept 8- Oil's slide below $100 a barrel on Monday adds to financial worries for OPEC members, prompting some in the producer group to voice concern about too much oil in the market even if they see the current fall as short lived.

  • *OPEC delegates blame oversupply for price drop. LONDON/ DUBAI, Sept 8- Oil's slide below $100 a barrel on Monday brings prices closer to levels where more OPEC countries face financial worries, prompting some in the producer group to voice concern about too much oil in the market.