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.» Read More
Ayham Kamel, Middle East analyst at Eurasia Group, discusses the U.S./Russia talks over Syria and how Western countries need to appear strong.
*Kenya says 2-3 Americans, British woman among militants. The al Qaeda- linked attackers are believed by Western sources to include Americans and possibly a British woman who may be the widow of a suicide bomber who took part in an attack in London in 2005. Al Shabaab in Somalia rejected suggestions that foreigners were involved.
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.
NEW YORK, Sept 23- Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on Monday urged Iran to help broker a political solution to the devastating civil war in Syria that has killed more than 100,000 people.
*Africa risk profile will be hurt by mall raid. JOHANNESBURG, Sept 23- When Islamist fighters from Somalia's al-Shabaab group stormed a Nairobi mall at the weekend, they knew they were hitting a high-profile symbol of Kenya's economic power in booming Africa.
NAIROBI/ MOMBASA, Sept 23- Security worries are nothing new in Kenya and so the country is unlikely to see long-term investors pull money out after the deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping mall, analysts say.
BEIJING, Sept 23- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denounced the United States, France and Britain for submitting a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council to place Syrian chemical weapons under international control, saying they were fighting an "imaginary enemy".
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.
CNBC's Scott Cohn reports from Newport Chemical Depot, which is now called Vermillion Rise Mega Park. The site is currently under development to serve as an industrial park.
Secretary of State John Kerry has confirmed the use of sarin gas in Syria. Michael Rubin, American Enterprise Institute, and Peter Brooks, Heritage Foundation, discuss whether Syria will show its entire weapons inventory, and if force is the answer.
Nader Mousavizadeh, geopolitical analyst at Macro Advisory Partners, says the threat of a U.S. strike prompted the deal between Syria and Russia, and explains how Iran is opening the dialogue.
NEW YORK, Sept 19- Oil slipped on Thursday after Iran's president said his country was not seeking war with any other nation, helping unwind a risk premium and foster speculation of a recovery in oil exports to the West. Brent crude for November delivery fell 70 cents to $109.90 a barrel by 11:12 a.m. EDT, while U.S. crude was down 26 cents at $107.81.
The violence in Zamboanga City in the country's long-troubled south will have little immediate economic or investment impact as long as it doesn't spread in coming weeks, government officials and economists say. "Mindanao has so much to offer, but of course the stupid fighting in Zamboanga is just throwing everything back.
NEW YORK, Sept 17- Oil prices fell on Tuesday as investors saw little danger of an U.S. attack on Syria that could disrupt Middle East oil supplies, and gold slipped in anticipation the U.S.
*Easing tensions over Syria reduce risk premium. *Big western Libya oilfield set to resume production. NEW YORK, Sept 17- Brent crude oil continued to slide on Tuesday after its largest drop three months as a deal averting any imminent U.S. attack on Syria calmed fears of a Middle East oil supply disruption and some Libyan output resumed.
*Easing tensions over Syria reduce risk premium. LONDON, Sept 17- Brent crude fell below $109 a barrel on Tuesday as a deal averting any imminent U.S. attack on Syria calmed fears of a disruption to Middle East oil supplies and after output resumed at a large oilfield in western Libya.
*Easing tensions over Syria reduce risk premium. LONDON, Sept 17- Brent crude fell below $110 a barrel on Tuesday as a deal averting any imminent U.S. attack on Syria calmed fears of a disruption to Middle East oil supplies and after output resumed at a large oilfield in western Libya.
Anthony Skinner, director at Maplecroft, says a strict UN resolution on Syria is likely following the latest chemical attack, but that Assad could "pull the carpet from under Obama's feet" again.
*Easing tensions over Syria reduce risk premium. LONDON, Sept 17- Brent crude fell below $110 a barrel on Tuesday as easing worries over a potential U.S. attack on Syria calmed fears of a disruption to Middle East oil supplies and after output resumed at a western Libyan oilfield.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso Cabrera reports the latest details from the United Nations investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria.