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  • The explosion area is pictured after several Syrian shells crashed inside Akcakale town in Turkey, killing at least five people on October 3, 2012.

    The Turkish prime minister announced on Wednesday night that Turkey had fired artillery at targets in Syria, in retaliation for Syrian mortar fire that fell in a Turkish border town and killed five Turkish civilians, the New York Times reports.

  • *China, Europe services PMI disappoint. NEW YORK, Oct 3- Oil prices fell sharply on Wednesday as disappointing economic data from China and Europe reinforced concerns about slowing growth and a weakening demand for petroleum, even as supportive U.S. data strengthened the dollar.

  • France's Sarkozy mulling 2017 re-election bid - paper Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:49 PM ET

    PARIS, Oct 3- Nicolas Sarkozy has told a friend he has "no choice" but to seek re-election to the French presidency in 2017, weekly paper Le Canard Enchaine reported on Wednesday, after saying he would quit politics following his election defeat in May.

  • Russian markets - Factors to Watch on Oct 3 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:51 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 3- Here are events and news stories that could move Russian markets on Wednesday. EVENTS: MOSCOW- Russia Calling VTB Capital investment conference. MOSCOW- Press conference by Aeroflot Chief Executive Vitaly Savelyev and SAP executives.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- The U.S. State Department has said it believes American journalist Austin Tice, who disappeared in Syria in August, is alive and being held by the Syrian government.

  • Video shows US journalist held in Syria Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    BEIRUT-- An American freelance journalist who has been missing in Syria since mid-August has been shown in a video clip posted online, blindfolded and saying "Oh, Jesus" in a frightened voice in the custody of armed men. Tice, a 31- year-old former Marine, had been reporting on Syria's civil war for The Washington Post, McClatchy Newspapers and others.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 2- Syria's civil war has made Friday afternoons a busy time at Bambuser, a tiny Swedish IT startup in an old bicycle factory which streams live video from the latest uprisings.

  • PRESS DIGEST - Bulgaria - Oct 2 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:42 AM ET

    -Bulgaria will not hold talks with U.S.-registered Global Power Consortium for the possible sale of its abandoned Belene nuclear project until a referendum on the fate of the plant is carried out, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said.

  • *He mentions Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, US, France, Libya.

  • *He mentions Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, US, France, Libya.

  • UPDATE 3-Oil slips on weak global economies Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 6:45 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 1- Brent crude fell below $112 per barrel on Monday, reflecting investor concerns that a shaky global economy may hurt oil demand following fresh signs of weakness in China and Japan and evidence of a new recession in the debt-saddled euro zone.

  • UNITED NATIONS, Oct 1- Syria accused the United States, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey on Monday of hijacking the country's 18- month conflict between government forces and pro-democracy rebel groups by supporting "terrorism" with arms, money and foreign fighters.

  • Has Libya Been Doomed From Day One? Monday, 17 Sep 2012 | 1:43 PM ET
    A vehicle sits smoldering in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012

    Oil production is merely a mirage, as is security in Libya, which was doomed from the day one PG (post-Gaddafi) because of the way it was “liberated."

  • Arab Uprisings Threaten Peace     Thursday, 13 Sep 2012 | 6:19 AM ET

    Discussing growing tensions in the Middle East, and the political and economic implications of the recent uprisings, with Karim Sadjadpour, Carnegie Endowment Iran analyst.

  • Air France passengers were asked how much cash they had when their flight made an emergency landing in Syria and the government refused a credit card payment to refuel.

  • Probe Points to Former HSBC Syria Link Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 | 5:03 AM ET
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    HSBC opted to continue with a business relationship with one of the key financiers to the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad even after its own compliance officials raised concerns about a trust linked to him, according to an investigative report into money-laundering by the U.S. Senate. The Financial Times reports.

  • Syrian Energy Sanctions Hammer on Assad Regime Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 5:14 PM ET

    The International Monetary Fund said Syria was one of the few countries in the Middle East whose economy is expected to contract in 2012. The IMF expected the regional economy to grow by more than 5 percent in 2012, an increase from last year. Economic problems for Damascus were compounded last week when the U.S. government extended sanctions on Iran to include the Syrian energy sector. Washington said the government in Damascus was generating millions in revenue through gasoline sales to Iran. With few political or military options available, economic warfare may be the best option for an international community frustrated with the bloodshed.

  • Congressman Pushes Back Against UK Over Iran Wednesday, 8 Aug 2012 | 7:37 PM ET

    The Congressman responsible for writing many of the U.S. sanctions against Iran lashed out about London-based Standard Chartered’s business with the Islamic Republic and the negative reaction from Britain to the impact of U.S. sanctions on British banks.

  • If Syria Falls, What Will Iran Do?     Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 | 1:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sue Herera and Sharon Epperson report on how the rebellion in Syria is impacting Iran and its oil supply. Alireza Nader, The Rand Corporation, offers insight. "There is a possibility, if Iran becomes more nervous and insecure, they will be less likely to compromise on the nuclear program," says Nader.

  • Bomb in Syria's Capital Kills Top Officials     Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 1:34 PM ET

    Bashar al-Assad's defense minister and brother in law were killed in an attack today, as the crisis in Syria unfolds. NBC's Richard Engel has the details of the escalating concerns.