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  • New sanctions for Russia—here's where they'll hurt Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 3:36 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 28, 2014 in Moscow.

    Sanctions are intended to tighten the screws on Russia by targeting broad sections of its economy and financial markets.

  • GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 29- Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets on Tuesday, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal for halting its war with Islamist militants in the enclave.

  • Israelis find 32 tunnels     Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    NBC News' Martin Fletcher reports Israelis say they have found about 32 tunnels, some of them digging right into Israeli territory.

  • EU hits Russia with new military, financial sanctions Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 1:45 PM ET
    The central processing plant for oil and gas in Salym, Russia, Feb. 4, 2014. Salym Petroleum Development is a venture between Shell and Gazprom Neft.

    The White House also said Tuesday that the U.S. could announce new sanctions on Russia "as soon as today."

  • Gaza conflict to dent, not break Israel economy Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    Analysts and officials compare the current operation to a one-month war between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas in Lebanon in the summer of 2006, as well as to conflicts in Gaza in 2009 and 2012, when the economy took a hit but bounced back quickly, except for tourism.

  • US accuses Russia of violating nuclear treaty Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 6:44 AM ET

    In another sign of deteriorating relations, the U.S. government said Moscow had violated the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty.

  • Tensions intensify in Israel-Gaza conflict     Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    Israeli tank shells took out Gaza's largest power source, reports NBC's Martin Fletcher, with the latest detail on the growing crisis.

  • US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks. Obama and U.S. allies also warned that Russia was building up troops and weaponry along its border with Ukraine.

  • GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 29- Israel's military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country should prepare for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave, squashing any hopes of a swift end to 22 days of fighting. Gaza residents reported heavy Israeli bombing in Gaza City.

  • Philip C. Wilcox, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, says the U.S. and United Nations are seeing a decline in influence in the Middle East.

  • Israel PM warns of prolonged campaign in Gaza war Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 2:55 PM ET

    Israeli leaders have been mulling whether to expand the assault against Hamas in Gaza, or respond to international calls for a truce.

  • Has Nigeria got an image problem? Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 12:35 PM ET
    A man holds a placard reading 'Bring Back Our Girls' to denounce the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by Islamic militants on May 13 , 2014 in Malaga.

    The world’s negative perception of Nigeria is a “tragedy”, a senior political official from the country told CNBC.

  • UN condemns terrorist oil sales from Iraq, Syria Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    UNITED NATIONS— The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned any sale of oil from Syria or Iraq by terrorist groups and reminded all countries that buying the illegally obtained oil violates U.N. sanctions.

  • Heavy fighting in Ukraine blocks MH17 investigators Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 8:34 AM ET
    Residents flee from what they say was shelling by Ukrainian forces in the suburbs of Shakhtarsk, Donetsk region, July 28, 2014.

    Ukrainian troops have stepped up their push to win back territory from pro-Russian separatists in the area.

  • US, UN call for durable cease-fire in Gaza     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 AM ET
    An Israeli soldier gestures from his Merkava tank as it rolls along the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014.

    Israel says it will only fire if attacked, reports NBC's Martin Fletcher, with the latest details on the fighting in Gaza as diplomatic tension flares.

  • Gaza rocket, Israeli strikes break lull in fighting Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 7:43 AM ET
    An Israeli soldier gestures from his Merkava tank as it rolls along the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014.

    Israeli jets struck three sites in Gaza after a rocket was launched at Israel, the military said, disrupting a relative lull in the war-torn territory.

  • Inside Russia's economic arsenal     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    Willis Sparks, Eurasia Group, provides insight on the range of economic tools at Russia's disposal.

  • Japan to step up sanctions against Russia Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 6:12 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan is imposing more sanctions against Russia over its support for pro- Moscow rebels in Ukraine who are accused of shooting down a Malaysian jet, the chief government spokesman said Monday.

  • Geopolitical risk priced in market: Expert     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    Kathy Lien, BK Asset Management, shares her thoughts on market risks and Fed policy.

  • Fierce fighting continues in Ukraine     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 6:09 AM ET
    Pro-Russian separatists tighten security measures at checkpoints as cars pass through in Sloviansk, Ukraine.

    It's becoming increasingly more difficult for investigators to reach the crash site of the downed Malaysian airliner, reports NBC's Keir Simmons.