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  • Iranian Warships Enter the Mediterranean Sea: Reports Saturday, 18 Feb 2012 | 6:18 AM ET
    An international oil tanker passes through the Suez canal in Ismailia, Egypt.

    Iranian warships entered the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal on Saturday, according to various press reports.

  • Time to Take Action Against Iran?     Thursday, 16 Feb 2012 | 7:21 PM ET

    Discussing the mounting tensions in the Middle East, on the heels of additional sanctions against Iran, with Nicholas Burns, Harvard University professor, and Dan Senor, Council on Foreign Relations.

  • Iran Tension Could Lead to Middle East Downgrades: S&P Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 6:26 AM ET
    This satellite image shows the Strait of Hormuz, between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The Strait of Hormuz runs between Iran and United Arab Emirates.

    Ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) on Tuesday pointed to increased risks for issuers in the Middle East as the spiraling tensions between Iran and the West showed no sign of slowing down. Although the agency believed that the risks were already accounted for in its current ratings, it cautioned that a reassessment depended on how the situation developed.

  • Chinese Defense Budget Set to Double by 2015 Monday, 13 Feb 2012 | 6:31 PM ET
    Chinese tanks rumble pass Tiananmen Square during a massive parade to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

    China’s defense budget is expected to almost double by 2015 as Beijing accelerates its spending on fighter jets and other military equipment, according to defense forecasts. The FT reports.

  • Is Devaluation Inevitable for Egypt's Currency? Monday, 13 Feb 2012 | 6:44 AM ET
    Egypt, Cairo, Sultan Hussan Mosque at sunset

    It’s been just over a year since former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down after 18 days of protests, but the country’s grueling transition continues to weigh heavily on its economy.

  • Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem May 10, 2009. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (JERUSALEM)

    Israel will bomb Iran and it’s increasingly likely to happen this year, according to Alastair Newton, Senior Political Analyst at Nomura.

  • Stakes Are High in Struggle to Stop Syria Bloodshed Monday, 6 Feb 2012 | 7:05 AM ET
    United Nations, New York city

    As many observers had expected, Russia and China used their veto privileges to block the latest attempt by members of the United Nations Security Council to take concrete measures to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

  • Police Clear ‘Occupy’ Washington, DC, Protest Site Saturday, 4 Feb 2012 | 6:42 PM ET
    A member of Occupy DC is removed by US Park Police after refusing to leave a circle within McPherson Square February 4, 2011 in Washington, DC.

    New York police and sanitation workers cleared Zuccotti Park, where protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement have been camped for nearly two months, in the early morning hours of Tuesday.

  • Member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard

    An Iranian missile under construction, caught up in a mysterious blast in November, had a range of 6,000 miles, a senior Israeli official said Thursday in a speech outside Tel Aviv, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • 4 UK Men Admit London Stock Exchange Bomb Plot Wednesday, 1 Feb 2012 | 6:17 AM ET
    London Stock Exchange

    Four British men pleaded guilty on Wednesday to involvement in an al-Qaida inspired plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange.

  • Palace of the Republican Guard

    The Pentagon doesn’t know what happened to more than $100 million in cash held at Saddam Hussein’s palace in Baghdad during the Iraq war, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

  • Iran: Closing Hormuz Strait to Deal With EU's Embargo? Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 12:00 PM ET
    This satellite image shows the Strait of Hormuz, between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The Strait of Hormuz runs between Iran and United Arab Emirates.

    Iranian authorities have reacted to the decision by the European Union on an embargo by calling for an immediate halt to oil sales to the continent. In a statement on its website, the Iranian Oil Ministry described the European Union’s decision as “hasty” and “a political game”.

  • Iran Shuts Down Shops Selling Barbie Dolls: Report Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 5:50 AM ET

    An Iranian news agency is reporting police have closed down dozens of toy shop for selling Barbie dolls. The stated aim is to fight Western cultural influence.

  • Inflation Falls in World's Top Oil Exporter Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 9:56 AM ET
    Main roads in Riyadh are decorated with national flags and portraits of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia on February 21, 2011 amid preparations to welcome the Saudi royal back as he is expected to return home later this week after convalescing in Morocco from operations in New York, according to a source close to the oil-rich Gulf monarchy. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Inflation in the world’s top oil exporter Saudi Arabia has slowed to a four-year low of 5 percent in 2011, despite a significant ramp-up in government spending in the wake of the Arab Spring.

  • Iran Studying 'Hormuz Letter,' Warns Gulf Producers Monday, 16 Jan 2012 | 4:46 AM ET
    Straight of Hormuz map

    The Iranian Foreign Ministry has confirmed it has received a letter from the United States concerning the Strait of Hormuz, “via three different channels.” Authorities were considering whether to reply, although the contents of the letter were not divulged.

  • Republican Rivals Batter Romney in South Carolina Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 10:10 AM ET
    Rick Perry SC Primary

    With little to lose, Newt Gingrich, Gov. Rick Perry and their allies are seeking to portray Mitt Romney as insufficiently steadfast in his conservatism in very conservative South Carolina, The New York Times reports.

  • In South Carolina, Challenges Await on Ideology and Faith Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 12:16 PM ET
    Mitt Romney NH Primary

    In South Carolin,  Mitt Romney is  heading smack into an issue that has followed him through his national political career: his Mormon faith and the suspicion many evangelical Christians have of it, the New York Times reports.

  • Ron Paul Finishes Second in New Hampshire Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 11:30 AM ET
    Ron Paul NH Primary

    Representative Ron Paul of Texas finished a strong second in the state’s Republican primary on Tuesday, which in many ways was the more telling outcome in a race where Mitt Romney’s dominance was never in doubt, The New York Times reports.

  • Straight of Hormuz satellite image

    If Iran were to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, Brent crude would surge to between $150 and $200 a barrel, according to an oil analyst with Societe Generale.

  • Politics Up Close and Almost Personal Monday, 9 Jan 2012 | 11:30 AM ET
    Republican Candidates Participate In Final Debate Before NH Primary

    If campaigns are a feast, the days before the New Hampshire primary are a smorgasbord of cotton candy, mixed nuts and red meat. What follows is a sampling of the candidate’s offerings, The New York Times reports.

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