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

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

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    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
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    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
    If Syria Falls, What Will Iran Do?

    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
    Bomb in Syria's Capital Kills Top Officials

    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.

  • Why Syria's Civil War May Spill Over Into Oil Market Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 12:43 PM ET
    Syria's Defense Minister General Dawood Rajiha killed by Syrian Rebel attack.

    Many people in the intelligence community say the fighting in Syria has ramifications far beyond that nation’s borders and they could spill into the oil market very quickly. Syria is Iran’s main ally and they believe if Syria falls Iran will increase the speed of its nuclear program.

  • Agri Market Improving on Weather Concerns   Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 6:47 PM ET
    Agri Market Improving on Weather Concerns

    Tom Essaye, Editor, Money and Markets says things are improving in corn & soybean markets due to hot weather concerns.

  • Egypt: End Peace With Israel?   Monday, 25 Jun 2012 | 7:48 PM ET
    Egypt: End Peace With Israel?

    Radical Islamist Mohammed Morsi won Egypt's first election since Mubarak, and now he says he wants to "re-think" peace with Israel. Radio talk show host John Batchelor, offers insight.

  • Syrian Intervention Would Be 'Seismic' Event: Sen. McCain Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 | 1:18 PM ET
    Syrians demonstrate against the government after Friday prayers in Hama on July 29, 2011

    If the U.S. and other nations took military action in Syria it would be "a seismic event" that would be "the greatest blow to Iran in 25 years," Sen. John McCain told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Sen. McCain Calls for Syria Intervention   Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 | 8:35 AM ET
    Sen. McCain Calls for Syria Intervention

    Sen. John McCain, (R-AZ), makes the case for why the U.S. should lead an intervention to stop the slaughter in Syria now.

  • 10 Game-Changing Elections in 2012 Monday, 5 Mar 2012 | 3:44 PM ET
    There was a wide-ranging change of the guard in 2011. In Europe struggling countries such as Italy and Greece brought in the technocrats, or voted out administrations, which had failed to solve their economic crises. In the Middle East two entrenched regimes toppled under popular uprisings and a third after a revolution.In 2012, there could be an even bigger shift, with several key countries facing possible changes at the top. Citizens that rid themselves of dictators and have not yet decided wh

    There was a wide-ranging change of the guard  in Europe and the Middle East in 2011. Here are 10 other elections that could change the game of global politics in 2012.

  • What Rising Oil Prices Could Do to the Dollar Monday, 27 Feb 2012 | 12:14 PM ET
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    Oil prices are on a roll, and this strategist thinks its bad news for the buck.

  • Stakes Are High in Struggle to Stop Syria Bloodshed Monday, 6 Feb 2012 | 7:05 AM ET
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    As many observers had expected, Russia and China used their veto privileges to block the latest attempt by members of the United Nations Security Council to take concrete measures to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

  • Anger After Russia, China Block UN Action on Syria Sunday, 5 Feb 2012 | 6:09 PM ET
    Protesters Gather At Syrian Embassy In London

    Western and Arab states voiced outrage on Sunday after Russia and China vetoed a U.N. resolution that would have backed an Arab plan urging Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to give up power, and Washington vowed harsher sanctions against Damascus.

  • Syrian Activists: 200 Dead in Government Assault Saturday, 4 Feb 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    Syrian forces hammered restive neighborhoods in the city of Homs for hours with mortars and artillery Saturday, sending terrified residents fleeing into basements and killing more than 200 people in what appeared to be the bloodiest episode of the nearly 11-month-old uprising, activists said.

  • Oil Prices Top $100 on EU Optimism, Risk Premium Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 | 11:21 AM ET
    An explosion set on fire a crude oil pipeline feeding a Syrian oil refinery in the city of Homs.

    Oil prices rallied on renewed optimism over debt problems in the European Union and concerns over energy security in the Middle East after an explosion of a crude oil pipeline in Syria.

  • 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."

  • Cities That Vanished Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 5:00 PM ET
    The story of the ruined city of Pompeii is one of the best-known examples of a city that suddenly ceased to exist. One moment it was a thriving metropolis, then an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 buried the city in volcanic ash. It was accidentally rediscovered in 1749 and excavated, revealing a time capsule of city life during the era of the Roman Empire. It’s not just ancient cities that vanish, however. The following collection includes a city that disappeared just this past August. And e

    There are many different ways a city can disappear. Click and prepare to feel unsettled by the transience of human settlements.