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  • Could Greece complicate Russian talks?  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    Bill O'Neill, head of the UK investment office at UBS Wealth Management talks about Russia's sanctions and debated whether Greece is using the Russia sanctions as "leverage" in term of debt negotiations.

  • EU to extend existing Russia sanctions over Ukraine Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 8:32 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union extended by six months an existing set of sanctions against Russian and pro- Russia separatist officials because of the continued fighting in eastern Ukraine and was planning further action, officials said Thursday. The new radical left-wing government in Greece didn't fall immediately in line with plans for further actions...

  • EU plans to step up fight on online jihadi propaganda Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 8:10 AM ET

    Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told reporters in Riga that the EU needs to deepen cooperation with the Internet industry "and to strengthen the commitment of social media platforms in order to reduce illegal content online." Already before this month's shooting massacres carried out by Islamic extremists in Paris, EU officials had been...

  • Thai junta blocks discussion of media censorship Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:49 AM ET

    BANGKOK— Thailand's junta has forced a German foundation to cancel a prominent forum on media restrictions imposed since the military toppled an elected government last May. Germany's Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, a foundation promoting social democracy worldwide, said on its Facebook page that it would comply with a request from the junta to postpone...

  • New Russia sanctions: How far will they go? Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 6:39 AM ET

    The grip of Western sanctions around the neck of the Russian economy may be squeezed even tighter this week, as the death toll in Ukraine rises.

  • Drones: Military game changer?  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 6:36 AM ET

    We need to work with the private sector, says Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, Air Force Academy, discussing cyberspace security and the push to update the way the military fights and protects.

  • MISRATA, Libya, Jan 29- A power struggle between two rival governments that threatens to tear Libya apart has started to take its toll on Misrata, an important shipping and industrial hub that had shrugged off the turmoil until now. Oil production has collapsed to a fifth of what Libya used to pump before the NATO- backed uprising, while wheat imports and other...

  • Air Force probing alleged 'treason' remark by general Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 1:48 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Air Force is investigating allegations that the No. 2 commander at its prestigious Air Combat Command told lower-ranking officers that talking to members of Congress about the capabilities of the A-10 attack aircraft is tantamount to treason. James Post has stirred concern in Congress about the Air Force muzzling officers in violation of...

  • McCain: Michael Moore 'Sniper' comments 'idiotic' Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 10:35 AM ET
    Bradley Cooper in "American Sniper"

    Sen. John McCain weighs in on the debate over "American Sniper," calling statements by liberal filmmaker Michael Moore "idiotic."

  • UK's Hague slams Russia over Ukraine Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 9:44 AM ET
    Local residents inspect their home, which was damaged by last night's shelling in the village of Sartan, near Mariupol January 20, 2015.

    Moscow's intervention in Ukraine is not "not a wise course for Russia", former U.K. foreign secretary William Hague tells CNBC.

  • Putin eyes benefits as rebels gain in Ukraine Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 5:09 AM ET

    *Fighting has surged in eastern Ukraine. *Putin blames Kiev but could see gains. MOSCOW, Jan 28- Boxed into a corner by a financial crisis and the West's refusal to drop sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has come out fighting.

  • Hague: Putin's 'sphere of influence'  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 4:50 AM ET

    William Hague, leader of the House of Commons, says that if Russia continues to exert its power like it's done with Ukraine, it will result in a "grave deterioration in relations" between itself and Europe.

  • Tourists give hope to residents of battered Lebanese city Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 2:02 AM ET

    TRIPOLI, Lebanon— As the tour group made its way through the narrow alleys of the seaside city of Tripoli, marveling at its medieval architecture, residents stared back at a sight that for them was just as exotic— visitors in their poor, restive corner of Lebanon. Tourists visiting Lebanon can ski in the mountains, frolic on sandy Mediterranean beaches, traipse...

  • Kremlin aggression is continuing: Eurasia  Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 8:43 PM ET

    John Herbst, Director of the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council, says there has been a creeping seizure of Ukrainian territory since September's ceasefire.

  • Why the chaos in Yemen matters to investors Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 3:30 PM ET
    Houthi rebel fighters patrol a road in Sanaa January 23, 2015.

    The political turmoil in Yemen may seem a peripheral issue, but it has global and regional implications spanning energy and security.

  • Yemen: A 'painful headache'?  Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 11:35 AM ET

    Crispin Hawes, managing director at Teneo Intelligence talks about the tensions that have been rising in Yemen, saying that this will be a "painful headache" for the new Saudi Arabian king.

  • Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 7:40 AM ET

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he led an array of current and former American statesmen in paying respects Tuesday following the death of King Abdullah. New King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Several airlines suspended flights to Baghdad on Tuesday after a passenger plane arriving from the Mideast's busiest airport in Dubai came under fire as it landed in the Iraqi capital. All passengers were able to disembark normally and none required medical attention at the airport, the Dubai government-owned carrier said.

  • BUCHANAN, Liberia— The auburn-red soil and lush green vegetation lured the foreign investors to Liberia's third-largest city with visions of environmental gold. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a little known U.S. government agency 4,700 miles away, backed the venture with $217 million in loan approvals from 2008 to 2011..

  • TOKYO— The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people's hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: "I am Kenji." "We want Kenji to come home," said Taku Nishimae, a Japanese filmmaker living in New York, who started the "I am Kenji" Facebook page, right after seeing last...