Israeli leaders have been mulling whether to expand the assault against Hamas in Gaza, or respond to international calls for a truce.» Read More
*China's Jan official PMI slips to six-month low. LONDON, Feb 3- Brent crude dropped to a two-week low on Monday at $106 a barrel as weak factory data from China stoked concerns about demand growth, but fresh violence in Iraq and Syria limited losses.
*China's Jan official PMI slips to six-month low. SINGAPORE, Feb 3- Brent crude dropped to a two-week low on Monday at $106 a barrel as weak factory data from China stoked demand growth worries, but fresh violence in Iraq and Syria checked losses.
*China's Jan official PMI slips to six-month low. SINGAPORE, Feb 3- Brent futures fell to a two-week low on Monday at $106 a barrel as weak factory data from China stoked demand growth worries, while a strong dollar and fresh violence in Iraq and Syria helped to stem the losses.
BEIRUT, Jan 31- Syria's political foes are beginning to speak a shared language at peace talks in Geneva to end their country's devastating civil war, but the words they utter at the negotiating table have diametrically different meanings to the two sides. But the two sides read Geneva 1 very differently.
*Government not committed to return on Feb. 10. GENEVA, Jan 31- A contentious week-long first round of Syrian peace talks ended on Friday with no progress towards ending the civil war and the government delegation unable to say whether it will return for the next round in 10 days.
"It's up to Japan" whether there would be an armed conflict between Tokyo and Beijing, says Jiang Jianqing, chairman at the ICBC.
A suicide car bomber blew himself up in the parking lot of a top security compound in central Cairo on Friday, killing at least four people.
United Technologies reported a rise in profit that topped Wall Street estimates, helped by a stronger performance across its businesses.
More than 98 percent of voters backed a new Egyptian constitution in a referendum this week, authorities said on Saturday, though the turnout was lower than some officials had indicated, with under 40 percent of the electorate taking part.
Steve Bucci, Heritage Foundation Foreign Policy Studies, and Gen. Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, discuss Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' book, which slams the leadership of President Obama.
NBC's Jim Maceda reports the suicide bomber in Volgograd, Russia has been identified, and on the security measures being taken to protect athletes and attendees at the winter games.
Gen. Barry McCaffrey, McCaffrey Associates, discusses the turmoil in Russia and how Sochi can be secured for the Winter Olympics.
Charlotte Ingham, senior political risk analyst at Maplecroft, warns that conflict and political instability will continue to increase in 2014, especially in Middle Eastern and North African states.
France must increase its investment in Africa, the country's finance minister, Pierre Moscovici, told CNBC ahead of a summit in Paris.
Iran’s economic troubles may have been what finally brought it back to talks which ended in a breakthrough nuclear deal with six other world powers.
United Technologies also raised the low end of its 2013 profit forecast, citing cost savings from restructuring and improving sales trends.
After Serbia's deputy prime minister told local TV his country faced bankruptcy, analysts were quick to point out that Serbia actually has sufficient funding to last through 2013.
Ayham Kamel, Middle East analyst at Eurasia Group, discusses the U.S./Russia talks over Syria and how Western countries need to appear strong.
Elizabeth Ferris, senior fellow in foreign policy at The Brookings Institution, discusses the U.S./Syria talks to remove chemical weapons from Syria, and humanitarian support needed in neighboring countries.
Michael Hudson, Director of the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore says Syria has been handed a lifeline with the U.S.-Russia chemical weapons plan.