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  • Can Syria's Rebels Ever Overthrow Assad? Tuesday, 18 Sep 2012 | 2:49 PM ET

    In an interview with OilPrice.com, the president of a private intelligence company discusses whether rebels can defeat Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

  • A makeshift emerald mine in The Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan.

    Officials and industry experts are worried that the potential wealth to be made from Afghanistan's resources has increased the level of corruption, violence, and intrigue in the country.

  • When it comes to energy policy, investors need leaders with an unwavering long-term vision.

  • The Real Factors Behind Gasoline Price Volatility Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | 5:19 PM ET
    A worker pumps gasoline into a car.

    Nothing infuriates Americans more than volatile, spiking gasoline prices. But often the causes given for gasoline price hikes seem contrived.

  • Investing Abroad? Experts Offer Their Advice Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | 5:51 PM ET
    Brazil has a statutory minimum of 30 days for vacation and 11 days for public holidays. Pictured: Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro

    Investing abroad always poses risk but if you’re careful, though, you can profit nicely in overseas markets, some with double-digit year-over-year growth.

  • Call to Limit China’s UK Nuclear Stake Sunday, 19 Aug 2012 | 8:03 PM ET
    A Chinese supporter of President Hu Jintao holds British and Chinese flags on November 9, 2005 in London, England.

    Chinese companies competing for one of the U.K.’s biggest nuclear projects are unlikely to end up with a majority stake in any winning consortium in an attempt to allay concerns about Beijing gaining control of the Horizon reactor programme. The Financial Times reports.

  • New Ray Gun Used to Fight High Sea Pirates Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 | 2:10 PM ET
    Raytheon's Silent Guardian Protection System

    Gulf states are planning to use ray guns to protect their oil and gas infrastructure and also dissuade pirate attacks.

  • 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.

  • Investing in Europe's Fastest-Growing Economy Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 9:58 AM ET
    Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque seen from Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Turkey’s roaring economy has earned it the nickname “New Tiger” among foreign investors -— who are pouring money into the country.

  • Nuclear-Plant May Test Turkey’s Trade-Diplomacy Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 9:57 AM ET
    The coal fueled Fiddlers Ferry power station emits vapour into the night sky in Warrington, United Kingdom.

    Ankara’s effort at energy self-sufficiency will mean dishing out big contracts without offending any of its major trade partners.

  • How to Invest in a Powerhouse Emerging Market Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 9:57 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the Istanbul Stock Exchange in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Dominated by a highly-regarded banking sector and flourishing consumer goods industry, Turkey’s stock market is easy for foreign investors to access.

  • Sanctions Force Iranian Retreat From Global Stage Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 1:48 PM ET
    Oil refinery and petrochemical complex, Mahshahr, Iran,

    Iran has struggled to find a reliable consumer base given international sanctions pressure, and its recent production levels suggest the Islamic republic is retreating somewhat from the international energy sector.

  • A major oil find by Canada’s Tethys Petroleum in Tajikistan comes at a bad time for the Central Asian country, as the security situation is about to skyrocket out of control in a restive province on the border with Afghanistan.

  • When Will Turkey Join the European Union? Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 12:55 AM ET
    Maslak is a neighborhood and one of the main business districts of Istanbul, Turkey.

    For years, the prospect of Turkey joining the EU wasn't taken seriously. But Turkey has embarked on a series of economic and political reforms, making it more palatable to EU members.

  • Is Cold Fusion Finally Being Accepted by Scientists? Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | 5:59 PM ET
    The coal fueled Fiddlers Ferry power station emits vapour into the night sky on November 16, 2009 in Warrington, United Kingdom.

    The promise of discovering a clean, green, safe, and (due to the fact that it is fueled by the most abundant metal and gas on the planet, nickel and hydrogen) cheap renewable energy source is causing many investors and scientists to overcome their previous reluctance and enter the field.

  • China vs. the US in Africa: Who's 'Winning?' Thursday, 9 Aug 2012 | 5:04 PM ET
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a speech on August 8, 2012 at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town. Clinton urged South Africa to build on icon Nelson Mandela's legacy and flex its growing influence on the global sticking points of Syria, Iran and Zimbabwe.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the midst of an 11-day trip across sub-Saharan Africa. Speaking on 1 August on the topic “Remarks on Building Sustainable Partnerships in Africa,” Clinton at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, Clinton told her audience, “The Obama Administration’s comprehensive strategy on Sub-Saharan Africa is based on four pillars: first, to promote opportunity and development; second, to spur economic growth, trade, and investment; third, to advance peace and security; and fourth, to strengthen democratic institutions.”

  • 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.

  • US Midwest Hit by Perfect Storm on Gas Prices Tuesday, 7 Aug 2012 | 4:00 PM ET
    Gas Pump

    Retail gasoline prices in the U.S. Midwest were as much as 50 cents higher than in the rest of the country this week, and a number of contributing factors are to blame.

  • Israel: No Oil, but Now Overflowing in NatGas Monday, 6 Aug 2012 | 2:58 PM ET
    A flame rises from a tower at Yemen's second liquid natural gas plant in the coastal area of Balhaf.

    Ever since its founding as an autonomous state in 1948, Israel has relied on imported energy to meet its domestic power demands. However, offshore exploration operations have now found giant natural gas fields able to supply the country with more gas than it can use.

  • Why the Kurds Hold All the Cards in Iraq Oil Sector Friday, 3 Aug 2012 | 3:35 PM ET
    Tawke oil field near the town of Zacho in Dohuk province about 250 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq.

    The Kurdish government in Iraq announced Wednesday it would resume oil exports from the region later this week. Erbil had shut down exports in April, blaming the central government in Baghdad for withholding payments owed to international oil companies working in the semi-autonomous north. The region's Ministry of Natural Resources said the resumption was a goodwill gesture meant to encourage the central government to settle the outstanding payments. With foreign companies seemingly focusing their financial energy in northern Iraq, however, the gesture may be more of a power play than a confidence-building effort.