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  • Arab Uprisings Threaten Peace     Thursday, 13 Sep 2012 | 6:19 AM ET

    Discussing growing tensions in the Middle East, and the political and economic implications of the recent uprisings, with Karim Sadjadpour, Carnegie Endowment Iran analyst.

  • "The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack, " exclaims President Obama, remarking on yesterday's attack on the U. S. Embassy in Libya; killing four Americans, including the American Ambassador. "Make no mistakes, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people, he added.

  • Stormy Outlook For Oil     Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 8:06 AM ET

    A look at how fallout from Isaac; conflict in Iran; and a fire at Venezuela's largest refinery is impacting energy prices, with Dan Yergin, IHS vice chairman.

  • Saudi Struggle vs. Iran Looks Likely to Get Worse Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | 3:58 PM 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)

    Saudi Arabia has gone on the offensive against Iran to protect its interests. Its involvement in Syria is the first battle in what is going to be a long conflict that will know no frontiers nor limits.

  • Israel's Channel 10 defense reporter Alon Ben David, explains why he says Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is determined to attack Iran's nuclear facilities before the U.S. election. NBC News' Ali Arouzi, weighs in.

  • Iran 'Cleaning Up' or Hiding Evidence?     Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 | 1:13 PM ET

    The International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran is "cleaning up" a site the group wants to inspect, and some suspect the country is hiding evidence of whatever it's working on. NBC News' Richard Engel reports on Iran's influence in the region and explains what's behind recent developments in Syria.

  • Israel vs. Iran: On the Brink?     Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012 | 7:55 PM ET

    John Batchelor, The John Batchelor Show host, weighs in on the reports Israel could possibly attack Iran before the November elections.

  • Will Israel Launch Airstrike on Iran?     Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012 | 5:40 PM ET

    George Friedman, Stratfor founder/CEO, provides perspective on whether an Israeli airstrike on Iran is possible, and the impact the tensions are having on oil prices.

  • U.S. Veterans, Afghanistan

    Hundreds of restaurant and service chains are offering incentives to help veterans open a shop — waiving franchise fees, reducing royalty payments and guiding them through crafting business plans.

  • Congressman Pushes Back Against UK Over Iran Wednesday, 8 Aug 2012 | 7:37 PM ET

    The Congressman responsible for writing many of the U.S. sanctions against Iran lashed out about London-based Standard Chartered’s business with the Islamic Republic and the negative reaction from Britain to the impact of U.S. sanctions on British banks.

  • US Seeks $3 Billion for Sudan Oil Deal Wednesday, 8 Aug 2012 | 2:25 AM ET
    JUBA, SUDAN - JANUARY 09: Southern Sudanese celebrate at the end of the first day of voting for the independence referendum January 9, 2011 in Juba, Sudan. Southern Sudan is participating in an independence referendum today following a historic 2005 peace treaty that brought an end to decades of civil war between the Arab north and predominantly Christian and animist south. The south is expected to vote around 99 percent to secede from the north which will also give it a majority of Sudan's oil

    The US wants China and Arab states to help foot the $3bn bill for a deal designed to unlock oil production and set Sudan and South Sudan back on the path to peace, the FT reports.

  • Why Has India Become the World’s Top Arms Buyer? Wednesday, 1 Aug 2012 | 6:41 AM ET
    Civilian visitors sit on top of a T-72 tank during an Indian Army weaponry exhibition in Kolkata, India.

    India has replaced China as the world’s largest arms buyer, accounting for 10 percent of all arms purchases during the past five years, the New York Times reports.

  • America's New Energy Reality     Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | 6:14 AM ET

    Dan Yergin, IHS Vice chairman, discusses the outlook on oil, amid rising tensions in the Middle East; growing demand from China; and increased production levels from the U.S.

  • Syria Spinning Out of Control?     Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 | 7:48 PM ET

    Senator John McCain is speaking out in defense of Syria. Is there any hope to calming the storm? Helima Croft, Barclays Capital analyst, and John Batchelor, The John Batchelor Show host, weigh in.

  • If Syria Falls, What Will Iran Do?     Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 | 1:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sue Herera and Sharon Epperson report on how the rebellion in Syria is impacting Iran and its oil supply. Alireza Nader, The Rand Corporation, offers insight. "There is a possibility, if Iran becomes more nervous and insecure, they will be less likely to compromise on the nuclear program," says Nader.

  • Bomb in Syria's Capital Kills Top Officials     Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 1:34 PM ET

    Bashar al-Assad's defense minister and brother in law were killed in an attack today, as the crisis in Syria unfolds. NBC's Richard Engel has the details of the escalating concerns.

  • Why Syria's Civil War May Spill Over Into Oil Market Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 12:43 PM ET
    Syria's Defense Minister General Dawood Rajiha killed by Syrian Rebel attack.

    Many people in the intelligence community say the fighting in Syria has ramifications far beyond that nation’s borders and they could spill into the oil market very quickly. Syria is Iran’s main ally and they believe if Syria falls Iran will increase the speed of its nuclear program.

  • North Korean Leader Has a New Title: Marshal Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 10:26 AM ET

    Soldiers danced in Pyongyang's plazas as North Korea announced Wednesday that leader Kim Jong Un was named marshal, a title cementing his status atop the authoritarian nation's military as he makes key changes to the 1.2 million-man force.

  • A Navy ship opened fire on a boat that appeared to pose a threat, and there is a new UAE oil pipeline that bypasses the Strait of Hormuz, with CNBC's Tyler Mathisen and Sharon Epperson.

  • Iranian military personnel place a national flag on a submarine during the 'Velayat-90' navy exercises in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran on January 3, 2012, the End day of ten-day war games. Iran's military warned one of the US navy's biggest aircraft carriers to keep away from the Gulf, in an escalating showdown over Tehran's nuclear drive that could pitch into armed confrontation

    Iran has announced plans to start building its first nuclear submarine—a piece of advanced military technology that only the most powerful nations on earth are even able to construct—and which runs on uranium enriched to such a level that it can double as the fuel source for a nuclear bomb.