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  • Europe, Canada face rising terror threat Monday, 25 May 2015 | 8:22 AM ET
    ISIS fighter, North American ISIS fighter, Islamic State

    Developed countries across Europe are becoming more vulnerable to terrorism, mostly due to the rising power of the Islamic State and other Islamist extremist groups.

  • Will Kurdistan sell oil if Baghdad doesn’t pay? Monday, 25 May 2015 | 6:41 AM ET
    Workers check the valves at the Taq Taq oil field in Arbil, Iraq, in this Aug. 16, 2014 photo.

    Iraq's Kurdistan region will sell its oil independently of Baghdad if the national government does not pay the money it owes, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government told CNBC.

  • KRG President: Proud of Kurdistan's ability to stop ISIS

    CNBC's Hadley Gamble asks Masoud Barzani, President of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq, how worried he is about the future of Iraq amid ISIS' advance.

  • KIEV, May 24- Shelling by Russian-backed separatists killed at least two people-- one civilian and one Ukrainian serviceman-- in Ukraine at the weekend and halted production at one of Europe's largest coke plants, the police and military said. The weekend attacks put fresh strain on a tenuous ceasefire which has been regularly violated since it was brokered by the...

  • Real estate maven's side job—as veterans advocate Sunday, 24 May 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    A U.S. soldier in Afghanistan

    Ken Fisher has made millions in real estate, but he prefers to put his expertise to work for injured veterans and their families.

  • KIEV, May 24- Heavy shelling has killed one civilian in the government-controlled town of Avdiyivka in east Ukraine and halted production at one of Europe's largest coke plants, regional police and Ukrainian steelmaker Metinvest said on Sunday. The Avdiyivka factory, which is owned by Metinvest and produces 40 percent of Ukraine's coke, is the main employer in...

  • KIEV, May 24- Ukraine steelmaker Metinvest said on Sunday it has halted production at its Avdiyivka facility in eastern Ukraine, one of Europe's biggest coke plants, after heavy shelling caused major damage. Avdiyivka produces 40 percent of Ukraine's coke and any production outages will threaten output at the country's steel plants, including two of the...

  • Can you hear me now? NSA to end phone snooping Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 3:19 PM ET
    National Security Agency headquarters, Fort Meade, Maryland

    The NSA has begun winding down its collection and storage of U.S. phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward.

  • WASHINGTON— The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Barring an 11th hour compromise when the Senate returns to session May 31, a much-debated provision of...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot Act. Finally, McConnell announced early Saturday that the Senate would begin a weeklong Memorial Day break and return on Sunday, May 31,...

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 12:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. Separate legislation to prevent parts of the anti-terror USA Patriot Act from lapsing on June 1 was caught in a...

  • Has poor governance in the Middle East aided ISIS? Friday, 22 May 2015 | 2:58 PM ET
    An Iraqi fighter from the Shiite Muslim Al-Abbas popular mobilization unit monitors from his position near the village of Nukhayb west of Baghdad, on May 19, 2015.

    A senior political figure from the Middle East said that a lack of governance and "violent" policies were partly responsible for the rise of ISIS.

  • This country's economy may shrink by 10% in 2015 Friday, 22 May 2015 | 8:34 AM ET

    Ukraine may have dropped out of the headlines but its economic troubles are worsening as it continues to battle with separatists—and bondholders.

  • *Islamic State advances in Iraq, Syria raise supply worries. LONDON, May 22- Oil prices slipped on Friday as worries over the impact of war in the Middle East on crude supplies were outweighed by reports of profit-taking ahead of a long weekend. "No one wants to hold open positions ahead of a long weekend so books are being squared, bringing some consolidation," said...

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill Friday, 22 May 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. A total of 48 Republicans supported the measure, but only 14 of the Senate's 44 Democrats backed a president of their...

  • Life's hard? Try running a bank in ISIS territory Friday, 22 May 2015 | 2:32 AM ET
    A burned car in Mosul, Iraq.

    ISIS may be gaining ground across Syria and Iraq, but the Chairman of Jordan's Capital Bank, Bassem Al-Salem, says it's business as usual.

  • Thailand coup one year on: Stable but stuck? Friday, 22 May 2015 | 12:51 AM ET
    Thai soldiers parade during celebrations of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Day at a military base in Bangkok, Thailand on January 18, 2015

    One year after Thailand's coup, politics may have stabilized, but investors are cautious amid doubts over when the military junta might relinquish power.

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate appeared headed for early Saturday morning votes on whether to change the way the National Security Agency handles American calling records, raising the possibility of a halt to that collection program and two less controversial surveillance techniques designed to track spies and terrorists. With the House already gone for a 10- day...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— A Connecticut state board has ruled that Newtown must pay long-term disability to a police officer who developed anxiety and depression after responding to the 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Hartford Courant reports the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration ruled Monday that the police contract requires the...

  • ISIS' latest victory puts valuable relics at risk Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 11:06 AM ET
    The external courtyard of the sanctuary of Baal in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, Syria.

    ISIS' seizure of Palmyra intensified fears that the 2,000-year-old site's archaeological treasures would be destroyed, NBC News reports.