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  • Standoff in the Strait: Iran's Oil Threat  Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 7:18 PM ET

    Is there another Middle East powder keg ready to blow? Gen. Barry McCaffrey, U.S. Army, (Ret.) discusses Iran's threat to close the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for U.S. and European sanctions.

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    A senior Iranian official on Tuesday delivered a sharp threat in response to economic sanctions being readied by the United States, saying his country would retaliate against any crackdown by blocking all oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital artery for transporting about one-fifth of the world’s oil supply.

  • Commodities Tomorrow  Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Mary Thompson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • Commodities Outlook 2012  Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses activity in the commodities markets and looks ahead to where oil and precious metals are likely headed next year.

  • Commodities Tomorrow  Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Bertha Coombs discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • Oil Jumps on Iranian Military Exercises  Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 10:15 AM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports on the rise of oil prices as Iran's military exercises take place in the Strait of Hormuz.

  • Commodities Tomorrow  Monday, 12 Dec 2011 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • 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."

  • Oil Flirts with $100 as Iran Tensions Rise Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011 | 2:34 PM ET
    Protesters carry the royal coat of arms after breaking in to the British Embassy during an anti-British demonstration in the Iranian capital on November 29, 2011 in Tehran, Iran.

    US oil prices are flirting with $100 a barrel but don't fully reflect the potential for escalating tensions between the West and Iran, oil experts say.

  • Egypt Holds Post-Mubarak Elections  Monday, 28 Nov 2011 | 11:04 AM ET

    CNBC's Yousef Gamal El-Din has the latest on Egypt's first parliamentary elections since Hosni Mubarak was ousted nine months ago.

  •     Egyptian protesters run for cover on the third day of clashes with security forces at Tahrir Square in Cairo on November 21, 2011.

    Protestors in Cairo’s Tahrir Square were preparing for a million-man march on Friday to call on the ruling military council to step down, saying steps announced recently were insufficient.

  • Bahrain Report Finds Systematic Abuse Thursday, 24 Nov 2011 | 3:52 AM ET
    Bahrain skyline

    An independent report on human rights in Bahrain on Wednesday painted a grim picture of systematic abuses of pro-democracy protesters this year. The FT reports.

  • Egypt Protesters Reject Concessions by Military Ruler Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 | 4:16 AM ET
    An Egyptian protester throws a stone on the third day of clashes with security forces at Tahrir Square in Cairo on November 21, 2011.

    As clashes between protestors and security forces were still ongoing in several cities across Egypt, an address to the nation by the head of the ruling military council on Tuesday night was rejected by the crowds in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

  • Clashes in Egypt Escalate  Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 10:33 AM ET

    CNBC's Yousef Gamal El-Din has the latest developments in Egypt.

  • Egypt's Army Ruler to Give Statement Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 9:59 AM ET

    The head of Egypt's ruling army council will deliver a statement to the nation later on Tuesday, state television said, as protests demanding an end to military rule intensify.

  • Just as in January, the White House is confused and distracted. Stability in the volatile Middle East is what the White House desires and a cautious and long-drawn out transition to democracy guided by the Army seemed to be the best option to prevent any radical developments in Egypt. This scenario, however, is no longer realistic.

  • Death Toll Hits 33 on Third Day of Egypt Clashes Monday, 21 Nov 2011 | 10:44 AM ET
    Inside the EgyptStock Exchange just before its reopening.

    At least 12 people have been killed and hundreds injured in violent confrontations between security forces and the anxious mood was reflected in investor sentiment, with broad selling pulling the country’s stock exchange down 2.5 percent.

  • U.S. Business Activity in Iraq Picks Up Thursday, 17 Nov 2011 | 2:02 PM ET
    Flag of Iraq

    With Iraq continuing to recover after years of war, American firms are increasingly looking to tap the country’s vast business potential.

  • Wednesday’s quoted price for Brent Crude (the bench mark generally used worldwide) is $117.70/barrel, while WTI Crude (the benchmark used in the U.S.) delivered at Cushing Oklahoma is $102/bbl.

  • Commodities Tomorrow  Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Mary Thompson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.