• Treasury sanctions Hezbollah procurement network Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 11:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Treasury Department on Thursday targeted a procurement network suspected of helping Hezbollah, an Islamic militant group based in Lebanon.

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to July 1 Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    June 19- For other related diaries, please. BEIRUT- Arab Economic Forum in Lebanon. SEOUL- South Korean Finance minister Hyun Oh- seok speaks at the Parliament session on recent events.

  • BAGHDAD, June 13- Iraq's most senior Shi'ite Muslim cleric urged followers to take up arms against a full-blown Sunni militant insurgency to topple Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, escalating a conflict that threatens civil war and a possible break-up of the country.

  • *Iraq's most senior cleric urges followers to fight. BAGHDAD, June 13- Iraq's most senior Shi'ite cleric urged his followers to take up arms to defend themselves against a relentless advance by Sunni militants, in a sharp escalation of a conflict which is threatening civil war and the potential break-up of the country.

  • *ISIL taking arms seized from Iraqi army into Syria- monitors. *Gaining freedom of movement blurring Iraq, Syria borders. BAGHDAD, June 13- Islamist rebel fighters captured two more Iraqi towns overnight in a relentless sweep south towards the capital Baghdad in a campaign to recreate a mediaeval caliphate carved out of fragmenting Iraq and Syria.

  • France's Hollande seeks to widen BNP fine debate Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 6:13 AM ET

    PARIS/ BRUSSELS, June 5- French President Francois Hollande sought to widen the basis of his fight against a possible $10 billion U.S. fine facing bank BNP Paribas ahead of a meeting with Barack Obama on Thursday, warning of "consequences across the euro zone".

  • WARSAW/ PARIS, June 4- French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday he will raise concerns about a possible $10 billion- plus U.S. fine on BNP Paribas that he considers "disproportionate" with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama.

  • Kerry, on a brief visit to Beirut, also announced more aid to help Lebanon and other countries in the region struggling to cope with millions of Syrian refugees.

  • DAMASCUS, June 3- Syrians voted on Tuesday in an election expected to deliver an overwhelming victory for President Bashar al-Assad but which his opponents have dismissed as a charade in the midst of Syria's devastating civil war. Assad, looking relaxed and wearing a dark blue suit and light blue tie, voted at a central Damascus polling station with his wife Asma.

  • BEIRUT, June 1-- It was not so long ago that Bashar al-Assad's enemies thought he was finished.

  • *Chlorine not declared by Syria to chemical weapons watchdog. BEIRUT, April 22- Chlorine gas attacks in Syria this month, if proven, expose a major loophole in an international deal to remove chemical weapons from the war-torn country and suggest chemical warfare could persist after the removal operation has finished.

  • WASHINGTON/ PARIS, April 4- Boeing Co, the world's biggest airplane maker, and engine maker General Electric Co said on Friday they had received licenses from the U.S. Treasury Department to export certain spare parts for commercial aircraft to Iran under a temporary sanctions relief deal that began in January.

  • AMMAN, March 12- Turmoil in Ukraine is driving Middle Eastern grain buyers to shy away from striking new deals there and to consider rival suppliers, a shift that is likely to push up import bills.

  • *Rain-fed cereal areas in Syria and Iraq hurt. Varying degrees of drought are hitting almost two thirds of the limited arable land across Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Iraq. The dry season has already hurt prospects for the cereal harvest in areas of Syria and to a lesser extent Iraq.

  • RPT-Syrian exporters try to revive businesses Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 2:02 AM ET

    DUBAI, Feb 25- Three years into Syria's war, some exporters who moved to neighbouring countries to escape the violence that has devastated many businesses now want to return home.

  • Syrian exporters try to revive businesses Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 11:53 AM ET

    DUBAI, Feb 25- Three years into Syria's war, some exporters who moved to neighbouring countries to escape the violence that has devastated many businesses now want to return home.

  • Syria aid still stalled after UN resolution Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    BEIRUT, Feb 25- World powers have passed a landmark Security Council resolution demanding an end to restrictions on humanitarian operations in Syria, but aid workers doubt it has the punch to make Damascus grant access and let stuck convoys deliver vital supplies.

  • *Iran is major backer of Assad. LONDON/ ANKARA, Feb 21- As Syria's war nears the start of its fourth year, Iran has stepped up support on the ground for President Bashar al-Assad, providing elite teams to gather intelligence and train troops, sources with knowledge of military movements say.

  • DUBAI, Feb 19- When Dubai's biggest property developer decided to change its chief executive last year, it did not inform the stock market for weeks. Index compilers MSCI and S&P Dow Jones are upgrading the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to emerging market status.

  • Homs rebel puts fate in Syrian government hands Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 5:41 AM ET

    *After leaving Homs, rebel hopes to leave Syria. *Evacuees describe tension with fighters in Homs. HOMS, Syria, Feb 14- Waiting among a group of evacuees from Homs for questioning by Syrian security forces, Hodwan al-Masri knew he could not hide his identity.