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  • STOCKHOLM— Sweden's financial watchdog agency has fined top banks Nordea and Handelsbanken after finding serious shortcomings in their efforts to prevent money laundering. Nordea on Tuesday received a warning and the maximum fine of 50 million kronor while Handelsbanken received a "remark" and a fine of 35 million kronor from the Swedish Financial...

  • Charlie Hebdo suffers post-attack divisions, departure Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 4:43 AM ET

    PARIS— French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo is facing new problems, with a top cartoonist leaving because of the emotional burden after terrorists killed his colleagues, and divisions over how to use donations from around the world. Cartoonist Renald Luzier, who drew the newspaper's first cover after the Jan. 7 attack killed 12 people, said in an interview...

  • Key ISIS figure killed in US raid   Monday, 18 May 2015 | 6:16 AM ET
    Key ISIS figure killed in US raid

    Edward Lawrence, NBC News, reports a U.S.-led coalition launched a successful raid on top ISIS leadership in Syria and killed the terrorist group's key money man.

  • Immediately after the announcement, Egypt's EGX 30 index rose 3.3 percent to 8562.07, according to Egypt's official news agency. Egypt's economy has been reeling since the 2011 uprising that ousted longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Tourists-- one of Egypt's main sources of revenue-- fled, while growth rates fell from more than 7 percent before the uprising to...

  • Iraq's Ramadi falls to ISIS   Monday, 18 May 2015 | 4:20 AM ET
    Iraq's Ramadi falls to ISIS

    ISIS has seized the city of Ramadi in Iraq. CNBC's Hadley Gamble discusses the latest developments, saying this is a "major blow" for the government and its security forces.

  • Iraq's Ramadi falls to ISIS, security forces flee Sunday, 17 May 2015 | 3:04 PM ET
    ISIS fighter, North American ISIS fighter, Islamic State

    Ramadi fell to ISIS on Sunday, despite intensified American airstrikes in recent weeks, a big victory for the group.

  • West clings to fraying Ukraine deal despite doubts Sunday, 17 May 2015 | 8:13 AM ET
    Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko gestures during a news conference in Kiev, in this Dec. 29, 2014 photo.

    Western powers are clinging to a fraying peace deal in Ukraine, even though NATO is warning that Moscow may be preparing for a new offensive.

  • PHILADELPHIA— Transportation safety board: Amtrak engineer cooperative in interview but can't recall crash.

  • NEW YORK— National September 11 Memorial and Museum officials say nearly 2.7 million people visited the museum in the first year since it opened at New York's World Trade Center site. Dignitaries including President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton attended a dedication ceremony on May 15, 2014. Memorial President Joe Daniels says the...

  • Charlie Hebdo documentary seeks buyers in Cannes Friday, 15 May 2015 | 9:02 AM ET

    CANNES, France— The terrorist attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo continues to cast a shadow over France— and the Cannes Film Festival. Paris- based Pyramide Films is marketing the movie in Cannes. The elder Leconte, Daniel, made a documentary about Charlie Hebdo in 2008, when it was sued by Muslim associations for religious discrimination.

  • WASHINGTON— The House passed a nearly $612 billion defense policy bill Friday despite President Barack Obama's veto threat and Democratic worries that the measure opens the door to sharp cuts in domestic spending later this year. Adam Smith of Washington state, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, urged his colleagues to vote against...

  • BEIJING— On his first visit to China as India's prime minister, Narendra Modi said Friday that two days of talks yielded progress on issues ranging from a yawning trade imbalance to their continuing border dispute. I asked China to reconsider its approach on some of the issues that hold us back on realizing the full potential of our partnership, "Modi said.

  • Japanese protest against PM Abe's security shift   Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 7:44 PM ET
    Japanese protest against PM Abe's security shift

    Tobias Harris, Japan analyst at Teneo Intelligence, discusses the public opposition against a legislation that would allow Japanese forces to defend other countries.

  • MOSCOW/ LONDON, May 14- Russian companies could return to international bond markets later this year after being frozen out by Western sanctions over Ukraine as investor appetite for the high-yielding debt picks up. The Minsk agreement to end fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government troops has been frequently violated, however,...

  • WASHINGTON— After the House's lopsided bipartisan vote to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records, the Senate is under considerable pressure to pass a similar measure. In the Senate, however, the legislation faces a 60- vote hurdle to begin debate. And the Senate majority leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, has expressed...

  • What's on Modi's agenda in China   Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 12:32 AM ET
    What's on Modi's agenda in China

    Apart from deeper economic engagements, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi will likely persuade China to expedite the settlement of border issues, says S D Muni, distinguished fellow at Institute for Defense Studies & Analyses.

  • Kerry's tough words won't scare Beijing: Pro   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 9:44 PM ET
    Kerry's tough words won't scare Beijing: Pro

    Christian Whiton, principal at the DC International Advisory, discusses news that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will take a "tough approach" over disputes in the South China Sea.

  • Yemen war risk could strangle strategic sea trade routes Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 12:24 PM ET

    LONDON, May 13- With Middle East giants Saudi Arabia and Iran squaring up on opposing sides in the Yemen war, the dangers to vital oil tanker and goods voyages are growing daily. Millions of barrels of oil pass through the Bab el-Mandeb and Strait of Hormuz everyday to Europe, the United States and Asia- waterways which pass along the coasts of Yemen and Iran...

  • Iraqi refinery may be destroyed in battle to save it Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 4:50 AM ET

    BAGHDAD, May 13- Islamic State militants have dug trenches around natural gas and hydrogen tanks at Iraq's largest refinery, raising the stakes in a battle where the price of victory may be the refinery itself. The Baiji refinery remains contested despite more than 300 coalition air strikes in the vicinity since the Islamist insurgents overran the area last...

  • BUCHAREST, Romania— Ukraine is turning to an unlikely partner in its struggle to defend itself against Russian cyber warfare: Romania. So much so that NATO tapped Bucharest to defend Ukraine from Russian digital espionage by sending experts to monitor Kiev government institutes and train Ukrainian IT specialists. At NATO's summit last year in Wales,...