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  • WASHINGTON, May 27- The United States on Wednesday commended Saudi Arabia for imposing sanctions on two senior officials of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group in Lebanon and designating them as terrorists. The United States designated the two officials, Khalil Youssef Harb and Mohammed Qabalan, in 2013 for overseeing "violent operations" in the Middle East.

  • DRESDEN, Germany— Top finance officials from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies are gathering in Germany this week to discuss ways to strengthen the global economy. U.S. officials are pressing countries such as Germany that have strong finances to invest more to stimulate their economies. The Group of Seven, or G-7, meets against the background of a...

  • KARACHI, Pakistan— A Pakistani judge ordered police Wednesday to hold and question the embattled CEO of a software company for a week on allegations he oversaw a global diploma mill, as broadcasters aired images of blank degrees stacked in his firm's offices. The judicial order marked the latest crisis for Shoaib Sheikh, the top official at Axact, a software...

  • *Turkey believes robust military vital for regional role- analyst. *China weapons deal has raised concern among NATO members. ANKARA, May 27- For years Turkey has boasted NATO's largest army, bar only the United States, and now President Tayyip Erdogan wants a defence industry to match.

  • May 26- Digital video recorder maker TiVo Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, helped by higher subscriptions. TiVo's set-top boxes are in high demand from cable users as they also allow access to online video services such as Netflix Inc, Hulu and Google Inc's YouTube. TiVo, whose clients include DirecTV, is trying to partner with...

  • AMSTERDAM, May 26- In handing out lucrative public procurement contracts, Qatar is likely to favor countries whose airports grant take-off and landing slots to state-owned Qatar Airways, its chief executive said on Tuesday. While he later stressed that he had no direct influence over public procurement decisions, he said Qatar offered rich pickings for...

  • Jason Rezaian, the Post's 39- year-old bureau chief in Tehran, is being tried in a Revolutionary Court on allegations of "espionage for the hostile government of the United States" and propaganda against the Islamic Republic, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported. Rezaian's brother, Ali Rezaian, later told The Associated Press in Washington that the...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 5 Monday, 25 May 2015 | 9:09 PM ET

    TAIPEI- Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke speaks on Asian economies- 0830 GMT. TEL AVIV, Israel- Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer speaks on "The Federal Reserve and the Global Economy" before a conference in honor of Professor Haim Ben-Shahar- 1630 GMT. PARIS- ECB Governing Council Member Christian Noyer gives an annual press conference in...

  • DHAKA, May 25- An IT manager at a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Co was one of two men arrested in Bangladesh on suspicion of planning to fight for Islamic State in Syria, police and company sources said on Monday. The pair were detained during a raid in the capital Dhaka on Sunday night, said Sheik Nazmul Alam, a senior official of the police detective branch.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 25- Crude oil futures rose on Monday as firm global demand offset a strong dollar, although a holiday in the United States and much of Europe kept trading muted. Front-month Brent crude gained 53 cents to $65.90 a barrel by 1750 GMT, after touching an intraday low of $64.72. The market drew support from figures showing strong demand across Asia...

  • JOHANNESBURG, May 25- South African fast-food restaurant group Famous Brands plans to enter Ghana this year as part of its drive to grow beyond a domestic market held back by high unemployment and sharply rising electricity costs. However the company, which runs Steers, Debonairs Pizza and Wimpy restaurants, said on Monday it was pulling out of India less than...

  • LONDON, May 25- Crude oil futures edged up on Monday as firm global demand vied with a strong dollar, but a public holiday in the United States and much of Europe kept trading muted. Front-month Brent crude gained 6 cents to $65.43 a barrel by 1400 GMT, after touching an intraday low of $64.72. The market drew support from figures showing strong demand across Asia and...

  • Europe, Canada face rising terror threat Monday, 25 May 2015 | 8:22 AM ET
    ISIS fighter, North American ISIS fighter, Islamic State

    Developed countries across Europe are becoming more vulnerable to terrorism, mostly due to the rising power of the Islamic State and other Islamist extremist groups.

  • UPDATE 4-Oil prices edge down as dollar strengthens Monday, 25 May 2015 | 6:58 AM ET

    LONDON, May 25- Crude oil futures edged lower towards $65 a barrel as the dollar strengthened on Monday, with a public holiday in the United States and much of Europe keeping trading muted. Front-month Brent crude shed 17 cents to $65.20 a barrel by 1052 GMT. U.S. crude was down 35 cents at $59.37 a barrel.

  • Will Kurdistan sell oil if Baghdad doesn’t pay? Monday, 25 May 2015 | 6:41 AM ET
    Workers check the valves at the Taq Taq oil field in Arbil, Iraq, in this Aug. 16, 2014 photo.

    Iraq's Kurdistan region will sell its oil independently of Baghdad if the national government does not pay the money it owes, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government told CNBC.

  • "The United Arab Emirates is seeking to confirm its status as a spacefaring nation," he told a gathering at an event rolling out the federal body in the capital, Abu Dhabi, that featured models of Emirati satellites and waiters serving space-themed canapés, like hummus in metal squeeze tubes. Abu Dhabi's Al Yah Satellite Communications Co., better known as Yahsat,...

  • TEHRAN, Iran— Iran will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent beginning Tuesday, the country's official news agency reported, the latest cut to the Islamic Republic's fuel subsidies that cost it some $32 billion a year. Iran, an OPEC member, consumes 70 million liters of gasoline daily, with some 10 percent refined and imported from abroad.

  • SINGAPORE, May 25- If you are looking for evidence that China is becoming more assertive in the global economy, then the trading of physical crude oil in Asia is a good example. Chinaoil, the trading arm of state-controlled giant PetroChina, bought a record 55 cargoes in the Middle East crude market in April, beating its previous high of 47 in October last year.

  • LONDON— With its classic red phone booth, pub, and medieval church, Harmondsworth's center looks quintessentially British. Harmondsworth is under threat because London and southeastern England need more airport capacity to meet the growing demands of business travelers and tourists. Heathrow and rival Gatwick, 30 miles south of central London, have offered...

  • Iraq slams US tactics against ISIS   Monday, 25 May 2015 | 1:20 AM ET
    Iraq slams US tactics against ISIS

    Iraq's deputy prime minister Saleh al-Mutlaq, says the U.S. air strikes against ISIS have been "ineffective".