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  • *Blast in Lagos port claimed by Islamist militants Boko Haram. ABUJA, July 13- As long as violence perpetrated by Islamist militants was more or less contained in Nigeria's remote northeast, the attitude of many citizens and expatriates in the more prosperous south was a shrug of the shoulders.

  • JAKARTA, July 10- The man most likely elected Indonesia's new president warned on Thursday against tampering with ballots ahead of a final count of votes later this month.

  • TASIKMALAYA, Indonesia, July 7- The closest and dirtiest presidential race in Indonesia's young democracy could be decided on Wednesday among the mosques and rice paddies of West Java, the nation's most populous province.

  • *Helps banks to navigate restrictions in Turkey, Algeria. In January, Dubai- based Noor Islamic Bank changed its name to Noor Bank. Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, the emirate's largest sharia-compliant lender, now plans to call itself Abu Dhabi International Bank when operating abroad.

  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews in un-Orthodox high-tech jobs Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 2:07 PM ET
    Tech advisor, Hillel Fuld, left, meets with Jeremie Berrebi of Kima Ventures, a haredi angel investor.

    Though ultra-Orthodox Jews may lack basic math skills, Torah studies provide them with tools applicable to Israel's booming high-tech industry

  • Pro-life and pro-choice demonstrators eagerly awaited the U.S. Supreme Court decision on contraception on Monday. CNBC's Hampton Pearson reports on the ruling.

  • Judge Richard Holwell, weighs in on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that employers can refuse to pay for contraception coverage for employees. Holwell says it's a 1st amendment issue that should have little impact on Obamacare. Judge Holwell also comments on the labor union fee decision.

  • The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled employers can refuse to pay for contraception coverage for employees. CNBC's Hampton Pearson reports the details.

  • Key facts about the group wreaking havoc in Iraq Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 12:33 PM ET
    This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria.

    While seizing key Iraqi cities has catapulted ISIS onto the world’s radar, the Sunni group has been around for years. NBC News reports.

  • *Baghdadi controls cross-border swathes of Syria, Iraq. BEIRUT, June 11- The leader of radical Sunni fighters who have made rapid military advances in Iraq is the rising star of global jihad, driven, Islamist fighters say, by an unbending determination to fight for and establish a hardline Islamic state.

  • INSIGHT-Leader of Iraq insurgents is jihad's rising leader Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    *Baghdadi controls cross-border swathes of Syria, Iraq. BEIRUT, June 11- The leader of radical Sunni fighters who have made rapid military advances in Iraq is the rising star of global jihad, driven, Islamist fighters say, by an unbending determination to fight for and establish a hardline Islamic state.

  • Repercussions of Cantor defeat     Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood provides insight into how Washington is wrapping its head around David Brat's upset of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

  • Elephant in the room at Virginia primary     Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 6:10 AM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood provides insight to what some say may have played a role in the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by tea party challenger David Brat in the Virginia Republican primary.

  • *Battalion Vostok fighters say ranks include men from Russia, Ossetia, Chechnya. DONETSK, Ukraine, June 1- In flak jackets and mismatched camouflage fatigues, men from eastern Ukraine, Russia and Ossetia cleaned their weapons side by side in a former Ukrainian army base, now the headquarters of a separatist militia in the city of Donetsk.

  • JAKARTA/ KUALA LUMPUR, May 30- Indonesian authorities said on Friday they were testing products made by British confectioner Cadbury to check they complied with Islamic standards after two chocolate varieties in neighbouring Malaysia were found to be contaminated with pork DNA.

  • Mondelez foods after pork traces@. KUALA LUMPUR, May 29- Muslim retail and consumer groups in Malaysia on Thursday called for a boycott of products made by Britain- based confectioner Cadbury and its parent Mondelez International Inc, after two chocolate varieties were found to have infringed Islamic rules by containing pork DNA.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, May 29- Muslim retail and consumer groups in Malaysia on Thursday called for a boycott of products made by Britain- based confectioner Cadbury and its parent Kraft Foods Group Inc after two chocolate varieties were found to have infringed Islamic rules by containing pork DNA.

  • Blair: 'Warped' religious views jeopardize future Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 12:34 PM ET
    Tony Blair

    Former British prime minister Tony Blair says ensuring security in areas shaken by extremism starts with rooting out "poisonous" ideologies.

  • Pope says 'door is open' to rethink priest celibacy Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 8:08 AM ET

    Pope Francis says priestly celibacy is up for discussion.

  • DUBAI, May 19- Bahrain's central bank is finalizing rules for the supervision of sharia-compliant advisory firms, part of a wider overhaul of standards as the Gulf state steps up its efforts in Islamic finance. Having been a pioneer of the sector, Bahrain is now competing with other centers such as Dubai, London and Kuala Lumpur for Islamic finance business.