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  • Syria puts into circulation new 1,000-pound note Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 7:41 AM ET

    BEIRUT— The Central Bank of Syria has put into circulation a new 1,000- pound banknote, one that doesn't include the image of President Bashar Assad's father and the country's former president, Hafez Assad. Governor Adib Mayaleh's statement, carried by the state news agency SANA, says the move is part of efforts to improve the paper currency in circulation.

  • Saudi cables suggest money links with media Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 5:06 PM ET

    BEIRUT— A financially troubled Lebanese TV network received a $2 million Saudi bailout in return for adopting a pro- Riyadh editorial policy. Many of the cables were linked to the growing rivalry between Sunni Saudi Arabia and mostly Shiite Iran over influence in the region and point to Lebanon, an ethnically and religiously diverse nation with a vibrant press,...

  • BEIRUT— In Syria's civil war, both government forces and opposition fighters are targeting civilians in a way that has led to "unspeakable suffering," U.N. investigators said Tuesday. The assessment, in a report by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, sought to draw attention to the plight of the civilians, saying that with "each passing...

  • Yemen mediator optimistic as crisis worsens Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 2:45 PM ET
    People watch a vehicle which belonged to Shi'ite Muslim rebels burn during clashes in Aden, Yemen, March 26, 2015.

    Leaders of the warring sides in Yemen ended four days of talks Friday in Geneva without agreeing to even a two-week truce in deference to Ramadan.

  • WASHINGTON, June 9- The State Department notified Congress on Tuesday that it has approved potential arms deals worth nearly $2.4 billion with South Korea and Lebanon, including three Aegis Shipboard Combat Systems for Seoul and six close air support planes for Beirut. The two separate notifications were to advise Congress of potential sales but do not mean...

  • Dubai counting on security, money, international links. Dubai is launching a drive to become one of the Arab world's top centres for art, design, film and fashion- areas that have traditionally been dominated by old Arab cities outside the Gulf. But Dubai has advantages which the old cities can find it hard to provide: security, cosmopolitan lifestyles and...

  • ISTANBUL, April 6- Al Qaeda's official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, kidnapped 300 Kurdish men in the country's north, a Kurdish official in Syria said on Monday. Idris Nassan, an official in the Kobani canton, said the men were taken on Sunday evening as they were travelling from the town of Afrin, which is under Kurdish control, to the cities of Aleppo and the capital...


  • FRANKFURT/ NEW YORK, Feb 20- Relatives of U.S. soldiers killed and wounded in a 1983 Beirut bombing have been barred by a U.S. judge from seeking $1.6 billion in assets belonging to Iran's central bank and held by a unit of German exchange operator Deutsche Boerse. District Judge Katherine Forrest in New York said in a decision released on Friday that they could not...

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1930 GMT / 2:30 p.m. ET Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 3:01 PM ET

    No deal yet in U.S. West Coast port dispute. SAN FRANCISCO- Shipping executives and union leaders for dockworkers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports remain locked in a dispute as talks, brokered by the U.S. labor secretary, head into a fourth straight day. WASHINGTON- The Obama administration says it will create a special enrollment period for tax filers who were unaware...

  • FRANKFURT/ NEW YORK, Feb 20- A U.S. judge has dismissed a lawsuit tied to the 1983 Beirut bombing that seeks $1.6 billion in assets belonging to Iran's central bank and held by a unit of German exchange operator Deutsche Boerse, the German company said Friday. In another case in 2013, Clearstream Banking SA, the clearing unit for Deutsche Boerse AG, agreed to transfer...

  • Saudi King Abdullah was a cautious reformer Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 7:09 PM ET

    RIYADH, Jan. 23- Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, born the year the first motorcar bumped through the dusty streets of Riyadh, left a modernizing legacy of cautious social and economic reform. King Abdullah, thought to have been born in 1924, had ruled Saudi Arabia as king since 2006, but had run the country as de facto regent for a decade before that.

  • Harwood: On a diplomatic track for now Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 3:31 PM ET
    Harwood: On a diplomatic track for now

    CNBC's John Harwood reacts to Secretary of State John Kerry's comments on the Ukrainian crisis.

  • Sec. Kerry: Hope ideas lead to de-escalation Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 3:28 PM ET
    Sec. Kerry: Hope ideas lead to de-escalation

    Secretary of State John Kerry discusses the parameters of his discussions with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

  • Sec. Kerry: US will not allow Ukraine sovereignty to be violated

    Secretary of State John Kerry has agreed to continue discussions to help stabilize and overcome the crisis in Ukraine. Kerry also commented on Lebanon saying the U.S. is deeply concerned about security and sovereignty of the people of Lebanon.

  • Lebanon's borrowing premium 'normal': Central Bank Governor

    Riad Salameh, governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon, discusses the country's economy and says the Syrian conflict is a "burden" for Lebanon.

  • Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon dies Saturday, 11 Jan 2014 | 8:18 AM ET
    Israeli right-wing opposition leader Ariel Sharon gestures during a visit to an army lookout in Tovlan in the Jordan valley 03 January 2001.

    Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister and military leader, has died in hospital aged 85.

  • Darwinian economics: Downturns spark start-up booms Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | 10:46 AM ET
    Linda Rottenberg

    An expert on high-impact entrepreneurship, Endeavor's Linda Rottenberg, explains why economic adversity sparks innovation and small business creation.

  • US pulls Lebanon, Turkey diplomats; Iraq hit next? Friday, 6 Sep 2013 | 8:19 AM ET
    Participants of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' meeting on July 20

    The State Department ordered nonessential U.S. diplomats to leave Lebanon due to security concerns as the Obama administration and Congress debate military strikes on Syria.

  • Obama weighs up options after Syria gas attack Saturday, 24 Aug 2013 | 11:00 PM ET

    U.S. military and national security advisers huddled with President Barack Obama at the White House on Saturday to consider options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government this week.