Middle East Turmoil


  • President Obama: Made progress in Ukraine     Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 2:59 PM ET

    President Barack Obama discusses the diplomatic efforts of the United Sates in the Middle East and sanctions against Russia.

  • US tightens restrictions for flights over Iraq Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 11:11 AM ET
    A satellite image of Iraq. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has restricted U.S. airlines from flying at or below 30,000 feet (9,100 m) over Iraq.

    Before these latest restrictions, The FAA had barred flights in Iraqi air space below 20,000 feet (6,100 m).

  • Israeli soldier kidnapped by Hamas militants     Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin reports fighting in Gaza has intensified as Israel has launched an operation to rescue a captured soldier taken by Hams militants.

  • A mosque is destroyed in Gaza city during the attack of Israel's warcraft on 23 July, 2014

    A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce.

  • What happens after 72-hour Gaza ceasefire?     Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 8:47 PM ET

    Neri Zliber, Visiting Scholar, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, says a shift away from Hamas rule and a re-imposition of Palestinian Authority (PA) rule could improve the situation in Gaza.

  • Commodities tomorrow: Energy deflated     Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Energy prices were down across the board, while gold was down as well.

  • CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Nervousness over economic data helped drive oil prices lower. Geopolitics has not been a factor. Nat gas was up slightly on the day. And gold was slightly lower, as well.

  • New sanctions for Russia—here's where they'll hurt Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 3:36 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 28, 2014 in Moscow.

    Sanctions are intended to tighten the screws on Russia by targeting broad sections of its economy and financial markets.

  • Tensions intensify in Israel-Gaza conflict     Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    Israeli tank shells took out Gaza's largest power source, reports NBC's Martin Fletcher, with the latest detail on the growing crisis.

  • Philip C. Wilcox, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, says the U.S. and United Nations are seeing a decline in influence in the Middle East.

  • Commodities tomorrow: Gold seeks a catalyst     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Energy was lower on both sides of the Atlantic, nat gas was down again today, as temps remained mild across the country. And gold was flat on the day.

  • Less pain at the pump     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 3:44 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis reports oil prices are losing ground and gasoline futures are down about 8 percent in the last month, the biggest drop this year.

  • Buyer unknown of Kurdish oil off Texas coast     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 1:08 PM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the Kurdish region of Iraq is desperate to sell their own oil so they don't have to be dependent on revenue from Baghdad. A tanker full of one million barrels of crude oil is sitting off the coast of Texas, and the oil comes from Kurdistan.

  • Iraq fights to block Kurd oil from entering Texas Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 12:05 PM ET
    The United Kalavryta.

    An oil tanker off the coast of Texas may struggle to unload controversial cargo destined for an unknown U.S. buyer.

  • Iraq warns US on Kurd oil     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 10:13 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports Iraq's lawyers demand that oil on a Kurdish tanker near the Port of Galveston be delivered to Iraq.

  • US, UN call for durable cease-fire in Gaza     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 AM ET
    An Israeli soldier gestures from his Merkava tank as it rolls along the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014.

    Israel says it will only fire if attacked, reports NBC's Martin Fletcher, with the latest details on the fighting in Gaza as diplomatic tension flares.

  • Kurdish oil tanker to offload in US     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 7:32 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports a tanker carrying crude oil from Iraq's Kurdistan region was cleared by the U.S. Coast Guard to unload in Texas.

  • UN calls for durable ceasefire in Gaza     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 6:02 AM ET

    Israel says it will only fire in response to Gaza attacks, reports NBC's Martin Fletcher, with the latest update on the ongoing crisis in the Middle East.

  • High oil prices likely to persist: Macquarie     Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | 9:22 PM ET

    Viktor Shvets, Head of Strategy Research, Asia at Macquarie, says ongoing geopolitical tensions may go on "for years or even decades", which will drive oil prices higher.

  • Should investors hope for a Gaza ceasefire?     Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | 8:37 PM ET

    Kamran Bokhari, Vice President of Middle Eastern & South Asian Affairs at Stratfor, outlines what it will take for Israel and Hamas to end the military conflict in the Gaza strip.