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Iranian warships entered the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal on Saturday, according to various press reports.
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.
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.
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.
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 will bomb Iran and it’s increasingly likely to happen this year, according to Alastair Newton, Senior Political Analyst at Nomura.
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.
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.
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.
Four British men pleaded guilty on Wednesday to involvement in an al-Qaida inspired plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange.
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.
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”.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.