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  • Six boiling cauldrons around the world Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 2:51 PM ET
    Anti-government protesters guard the perimeter of Independence Square, known as Maidan, on February 19, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.

    Tensions are boiling over in several regions around the world, from Venezuela to Ukraine to the Middle East. Here is a quick guide.

  • Pres. Obama's UN address focuses on Middle East   Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | 10:10 AM ET
    Pres. Obama's UN address focuses on Middle East

    President Obama addresses the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly. In his speech he calls for world leaders to stand up to Syrian President Assad over his use of chemical weapons through diplomatic measure. But the President also counters that the U.S. is "prepared to us all elements of our power, including military force" to secure our core interest in the region.

  • Assad's money trail is hard to trace Friday, 20 Sep 2013 | 12:47 PM ET
    Syrian President Bashar Assad

    With interests in real estate, airlines, energy and telecommunications, the Syrian regime is believed to control a fortune worth billions.

  • Assad's hidden fortune   Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 | 4:49 PM ET
    Assad's hidden fortune

    Despite the average income in Syria being about $2,600 a year, President Bashar Assad's personal wealth is estimated at $500 million. CNBC's Scott Cohn has the story.

  • Will Assad declare all his weapons?   Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 | 7:52 PM ET
    Will Assad declare all his weapons?

    Does the U.S. believe Syria's president Bashar Assad is willing to simply hand over his chemical weapons, and is the plan feasible? NBC News' military analyst Gen. Barry McCaffrey, offers insight.

  • What's driving US foreign policy on Syria?   Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 | 11:08 AM ET
    What's driving US foreign policy on Syria?

    CNBC's John Harwood has the latest details on the President's case for Syria. And Howard Dean, former Democratic National Committee chairman, and former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), disagree on President Obama's handling of the Syrian crisis and placing Russia in the middle of the diplomatic action.

  • President Obama sending 'mixed messages': Cohen   Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 | 10:17 AM ET
    President Obama sending 'mixed messages': Cohen

    Former Defense Secretary William Cohen, explains why he thinks President Obama's tactics on Syria are confusing, and provides insight on what is likely going on behind the scenes.

  • Obama asks Congress to postpone Syria vote   Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 | 8:30 AM ET
    Obama asks Congress to postpone Syria vote

    CNBC's Eamon Javers provides highlights from President Obama's address to the nation on his diplomatic route on Syria.

  • Is Obama's delay tactic the right course?   Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 | 8:06 AM ET
    Is Obama's delay tactic the right course?

    Sen. Bob Corker, (R-TN), discusses President Obama's decision to try a diplomatic route to disband Syria's chemical weapons stash.

  • Senate reaction to Obama's diplomatic route   Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 | 7:42 AM ET
    Senate reaction to Obama's diplomatic route

    Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, (D-ND), and Sen. John Barrasso, (R-WY), provide their views on President Obama's decision to hold off on a military strike on Syria for now and instead give Bashar Assad 45 days to sign the chemical weapons ban.

  • President Obama takes diplomatic route on Syria   Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 | 7:06 AM ET
    President Obama takes diplomatic route on Syria

    CNBC's Eamon Javers provides highlights from President Obama's Syria address to the nation. And Joe Watkins, former George H.W. Bush White House official; Lawrence Bossidy, former Honeywell chairman & CEO, and Jimmy Williams, MSNBC contributor, debate whether the President made his case on Syria.

  • Did Obama make his case on Syria?   Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 | 6:11 AM ET
    Did Obama make his case on Syria?

    In his address to the nation on Tuesday night, President Obama said he will hold off on a military strike against Syria and opt for more diplomatic measures to force Syria to hand over its chemical weapons, reports CNBC's John Harwood.

  • 60% of Americans want 'no' vote on Syria: Poll   Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 | 10:03 AM ET
    60% of Americans want 'no' vote on Syria: Poll

    CNBC's John Harwood breaks down the latest results from an NBC/WSJ poll which shows President Obama is facing an uphill battle in convincing Americans to take military action in Syria.

  • Kerry's suggestion gives Syria more time   Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 | 7:22 AM ET
    Kerry's suggestion gives Syria more time

    Syria and Russia may be working on a resolution which would call for Syrian President Bashar Assad to surrender all of his chemical weapons immediately, reports CNBC's Eamon Javers.

  • Asaad warns of retaliation   Monday, 9 Sep 2013 | 7:00 PM ET
    Asaad warns of retaliation

    Is Syria going to surrender chemical weapons? NBC's Steve Handelsman; Retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark; and Harvard Professor Nicholas Burns, share their opinions.

  • Russia proposes Syria hand over weapons Monday, 9 Sep 2013 | 1:12 PM ET
    yrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem (R) and and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov (L) walk to a press conference on September 9, 2013 following a meeting in Moscow.

    Russia proposed on Monday that Syria hand over its chemical weapons to international control in an attempt to avert a U.S. military attack.

  • Waiting on Washington   Monday, 9 Sep 2013 | 1:02 PM ET
    Waiting on Washington

    When will the key vote on military action in Syria take place? CNBC's John Harwood reports this is the most intense "sales job" for President Obama.

  • Next step for Syria and the White House   Monday, 9 Sep 2013 | 11:05 AM ET
    Next step for Syria and the White House

    Syrian President Bashar Assad denies responsibility for the use of chemical weapons, reports CNBC's John Harwood. And CNBC's Eamon Javers provides a look at how social media is impacting the crisis in Syria. Also Ernesto Londono, The Washington Post, and Douglas Ollivant, New America Foundation, discuss the odds of President Obama receiving Congressional approval for a military strike in Syria.

  • Syria tops Capitol Hill agenda   Monday, 9 Sep 2013 | 10:03 AM ET
    Syria tops Capitol Hill agenda

    CNBC's John Harwood provides a preview of where Congress stands on Syria. And Borzou Daragahi, The Financial Times, shares his thoughts on American intervention in Syria.

  • Malware warning! Fake CNN email says Syria attacked Friday, 6 Sep 2013 | 3:06 PM ET

    There's a fake CNN report going around via spam saying "The United States began bombing!" in Syria, and clicking it may result in malware on your device.