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  • The Saudi foreign minister appears to be blaming foreigners for the unrest in Saudi Arabia—and his message on outside interference is this: "We will cut any finger that crosses into the kingdom."

  • Police and protesters clashed in Saudi Arabia Thursday and the country faces a day of possible mass protests Friday, but even heavy demonstrations will not succeed in removing the current regime, according to analysts at the Eurasia Group.

  • Aid for Bahrain, Oman, Would Be Positive for Stocks Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 12:59 AM ET
    Bahraini anti-government protesters gather in Pearl Square, in Manama.

    Foreign ministers from the Gulf Cooperation Council are expected to discuss an aid package in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia later Thursday, focused on help from the four countries with fortunate annual budgets to the other two: Oman and Bahrain.

  • An Open Letter From an Egyptian CEO Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 1:22 PM ET
    A youth with an Egyptian flag painted on his face stands in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt.

    An Egyptian businessman warns against mob rule.

  • So, When Will the Egypt Stock Exchange Open? Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 11:10 AM ET
    Egyptian anti-government protesters celebrate at Cairo's Tahrir Square after president Hosni Mubarak stepped down.

    Officials say that trading on the Egypt stock exchange will resume on Sunday and will take measures to prevent a huge selloff as soon as the bourse reopens. It's unrealistic to think that those steps will prevent panic-selling, Yousef Gamal El-Din writes.

  • An anti-government protestor holds a blooded Egyptian flag in Tahrir Square on February 3, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt.

    Egypt’s stock market is braced for a possible sell-off of shares when trading resumes on Tuesday after being closed for more than a month because of the country's political crisis.

  • Funerals of Bahrain Protesters Possible Flashpoints Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 5:44 AM ET
    Bahraini army tanks take position near Pearl Square in Manama.

    “Anything you want on land, sea or air, we can do it.” This is how Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa summed up his support for US policy when he met General David Petraeus, one of the top US army officers, in May 2009, reports the Financial Times.

  • Bahrain Crushes Protest Camp, Locks Down Capital Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 1:55 PM ET
    Bahraini army tanks take position near Pearl Square in Manama.

    Troops and tanks locked down the capital of this tiny Gulf kingdom after riot police swinging clubs and firing tear gas smashed into demonstrators, many of them sleeping, in a pre-dawn assault Thursday that uprooted their protest camp demanding political change. Medical officials said four people were killed.

  • A Jubilant Crowd Suddenly Faces Shooting in Bahrain Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 6:50 AM ET
    A Bahraini flag flutters as anti-government protesters gather at Pearl Square in Manama for a demonstration calling for a regime change on February 16, 2011.

    Trucks carrying smashed tents, trash and other refuse rolled out of the Pearl Roundabout in Bahrain midday Thursday, remnants of a demonstration that turned deadly overnight.

  • Middle East Protests Force US on Defensive Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 5:49 AM ET
    A Bahraini flag flutters as anti-government protesters gather at Pearl Square in Manama for a demonstration calling for a regime change on February 16, 2011.

    The spread of protests to strategically vital countries such as Bahrain has put the US on the back foot after years when Washington appeared to overestimate the impact of local leaders’ reform efforts. The FT reports.

  • Egypt Leaders Found ‘Off’ Switch for Internet Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 10:31 AM ET
    A poster placed on a lamp post calls for the return of the internet after it was shut down by the government on February 1, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt.

    Epitaphs for the Mubarak government all note that the mobilizing power of the Internet was one of the Egyptian opposition’s most potent weapons. But quickly lost in the swirl of revolution was the government’s ferocious counterattack, a dark achievement that many had thought impossible in the age of global connectedness. The New York Times reports.

  • Stocks Close Narrowly Mixed as Energy Gains Monday, 14 Feb 2011 | 4:58 PM ET
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    Stocks ended narrowly mixed, which is how the market traded much of the session, amid light volume and little economic news. Wal-Mart fell, while Exxon Mobil rose.

  • Stocks Turn Higher Ahead of Close Monday, 14 Feb 2011 | 3:58 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks turned positive in the final minutes of trading after moving in a narrow range amid very light volume for most of a session lacking in much economic news.

  • Stocks Trade Mixed; Dow Slips, Alcoa Rises Monday, 14 Feb 2011 | 12:18 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks continued to trade narrowly mixed amid a session lacking much economic news and following a second straight week of solid gains as the markets considered what's next for the Middle East.  Wal-Mart and Verizon fell, while Alcoa rose.

  • A Tunisian-Egyptian Link That Shook Arab History Monday, 14 Feb 2011 | 10:53 AM ET
    Man carrying Facebook sign, reading "Thank you youth of Egypt" and "We are holding our ground.  We are not going to leave" at bottom.

    A two-year collaboration of dissidents gave birth to a new force — a pan-Arab youth movement dedicated to spreading democracy in a region without it, the New York Times reports.

  • Futures Flat, Obama to Present Budget Monday, 14 Feb 2011 | 9:21 AM ET
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    Stock index futures pointed to a flat open for Wall Street on Monday as President Barack Obama prepares to present his 2012 budget plan to Congress and following two weeks of straight gains.

  • Stocks Close Higher After Mubarak Departure Friday, 11 Feb 2011 | 7:36 PM ET
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    Stocks ended higher Friday after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned in response to demonstrations against his rule, helping lift investor sentiment and uncertainties surrounding the country. 

  • Stocks Point to Higher Close After Egypt News Friday, 11 Feb 2011 | 3:33 PM ET
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    Stocks were poised to close the session higher Friday after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned in response to demonstrations against his rule, helping lift investor sentiment and uncertainties surrounding the country. 

  • Egypt's Mubarak Steps Down, Hands Power to Military Friday, 11 Feb 2011 | 3:29 PM ET
    Egyptian anti-government protesters celebrate at Cairo's Tahrir Square after president Hosni Mubarak stepped down.

    A furious wave of protest finally swept Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak from power on Friday after 30 years of one-man rule, sparking jubilation on the streets and sending a warning to autocrats across the Arab world and beyond.

  • Stocks Rise After Mubarak Resignation Friday, 11 Feb 2011 | 12:03 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks gained Friday, paring earlier losses, after news that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak waived his rights to presidency in response to demonstrations against his rule.

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