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  • Pres. Obama: Committed to global privacy rights     Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 12:51 PM ET

    President Obama addresses issues with surveillance and advancing technology.

  • Pres. Obama: Horrendous situation in Syria     Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 12:35 PM ET

    President Obama says Syria is one of his administration's highest national security priorities. He discusses the objectives of the Geneva Conference.

  • Complicating matters further, the United States and Russia clashed over the pace of Syria's handover of chemical arms for destruction with Washington accusing Damascus of foot-dragging, putting the plan 6-8 weeks behind schedule- and Moscow- President Bashar al-Assad's big power ally- rejecting this.

  • BEIRUT, Jan 31- Syria's political foes are beginning to speak a shared language at peace talks in Geneva to end their country's devastating civil war, but the words they utter at the negotiating table have diametrically different meanings to the two sides. But the two sides read Geneva 1 very differently.

  • GENEVA, Jan 31- Syria's government may have made a strategic blunder by turning up at peace talks in Geneva since it had little to gain, little room for manoeuvre and may have started down a slippery slope by legitimising its opponents, diplomats say.

  • *Government not committed to return on Feb. 10. GENEVA, Jan 31- A contentious week-long first round of Syrian peace talks ended on Friday with no progress towards ending the civil war and the government delegation unable to say whether it will return for the next round in 10 days.

  • *Delegates expected to return on Feb. 10. GENEVA, Jan 31- A first round of peace talks on Syria wraps up Friday with both sides in entrenched positions and the U.N. mediator expressing frustration that he had not even produced agreement for an aid convoy to rescue trapped civilians in a besieged city.

  • *Mediator does not expect progress by end of session on Friday. *Talks to work on 2012 Geneva communique, but approaches differ.

  • Russia's Putin acting out of weakness: Soros Friday, 24 Jan 2014 | 7:11 AM ET
    George Soros attends the 2014 WEF in Davos, Switzerland.

    The U.S. and Russia need to better understand each other because Vladimir Putin is becoming "more aggressive abroad," George Soros says.

  • Soros on crisis in Syria     Friday, 24 Jan 2014 | 6:06 AM ET

    Billionaire investor George Soros, shares his thoughts on the "humanitarian catastrophe" in Syria.

  • Voice for the world     Friday, 24 Jan 2014 | 6:02 AM ET

    Nicholas Berggruen, Theworldpost.com, shares highlights from the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on global initiatives for the global economy.

  • David Schenker, Director at Washington Institute For Near East Policy, discusses whether Wednesday's talks between Syria's warring factions and the Assad government is the key to peace.

  • Syria is 'keystone' in Middle East: Friedman     Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 8:32 AM ET

    Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist, shares his thought on why Syria "exploded", and why an international peace force has to go in and take over the country, take down the "bad guys", and create a political transition that will allow citizenship to emerge.

  • More political drama ahead at the 2014 Olympics Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 11:27 AM ET

    Political drama will surround 2014 Olympics, India adjusts easily to increase in US interest rates, and businesses are back in Iran.

  • Do Saudis have a new best friend? Don't bet on it Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 4:48 PM ET
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) shakes hands with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal at the end of a joint press conference last week in Riyadh.

    Saudi Arabia is upset with the U.S. over Iran, but any move by that country is unlikely to broadly affect global energy markets.

  • US officials: Israeli strike on Syria     Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 | 7:26 PM ET

    Israeli military forces destroyed a stockpile of Russian missiles that the Syrian government was reportedly prepared to deliver to Hezbollah, reports CNBC's Seema Mody.

  • Explosion at Syrian military base     Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 | 4:28 PM ET

    CNBC's Eamon Javers reports the latest details from a reported explosion on a Syrian military base.

  • Obama's standing drops after health-care fiasco, shutdown Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 6:30 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll has found President Obama's job approval rating has tumbled by 5 percentage points in less than three weeks.

  • US-Saudi relationship may cool but oil market calm Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 | 4:40 PM ET
    Traders in the crude oil options pit at the New York Mercantile Exchange.

    Signs of friction have caught the attention of the oil market, but traders aren't concerned about supply issues for now.

  • China makes global inroads on arms sale Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | 11:32 AM ET
    Aviation Industry Corporation of China employees hold a model of the JF-17 fighter jet at an aviation expo in Beijing, Sept. 28, 2013.

    China is establishing itself as a credible competitor in the global weapons market. The NYT reports.