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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Commodities Next Week: Supply in good shape     Friday, 5 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.

  • *Reforms since 2011 have pushed many into private sector jobs. *But costs, inefficiencies are hurting companies. RIYADH, Sept 4- Saudi Arabia is changing tack in its labor reforms, softening the blow to companies with money for subsidies and training while trying to lure Saudis to the private sector with more attractive working conditions.

  • *Took place in Eastern Province where minority Shi'ite live. DUBAI/ RIYADH, Sept 2- A small fire erupted on a gas pipeline in eastern Saudi Arabia on Tuesday after assailants shot at a security patrol, security and oil industry sources said, in an incident that may heighten concern about the vulnerability of Saudi energy infrastructure.

  • *Riyadh seeks strong Sunni representation in Iraq government. The Al Saud have long seen the conflicts in Iraq and Syria as a pivotal battle for the future of the Middle East, pitting Sunni Muslims against a radical, revolutionary, Shi'ite Iran.

  • DUBAI/ RIYADH, Aug 25- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian left for Riyadh on Monday, state news agency IRNA reported, in the first visit to Saudi Arabia by a senior government official since Iran's political landscape shifted in 2013..

  • Commodities Next Week: Oil prices lower     Friday, 22 Aug 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.

  • DUBAI, Aug 21- Saudi Arabia's stock market regulator proposed rules on Thursday for opening the $580 billion market to direct investment by foreign institutions, including a 10 percent cap on foreign ownership of the market's value. The Saudi Capital Market Authority published the draft rules on its website on Thursday.