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  • What is ISIS' motive for taking foreign hostages?  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:22 PM ET

    ISIS intends to use Japan's hostage crisis to increase its own profile, says Stephen Nagy, Associate Professor for Politics & International Relations at International Christian University.

  • Commodities tomorrow: Crude hits 6-year low  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Oil hit 6-year lows today but ended the day up slightly. Nat gas and gold were both down on the day.

  • Commodities tomorrow: Oil under $45  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. The fact that crude settled under $45, traders say, means that it will likely fall even further.

  • Sen. McCain: Arm free Syrian army  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 8:31 AM ET

    We need a strategy, says Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), discussing transition in Saudi Arabia amid instability in the Middle East and ISIS terror attacks.

  • Only 40% of the world is free: Report  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 3:18 AM ET

    Fewer than half of the world's inhabitants are free according to a new report by Freedom House. We break down the findings by regions to find where people are the least and most free.

  • Commodities tomorrow: Good day today  Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Oil was actually up on the day as the dollar was down. Nat gas was up on the day, as well, and gold was also positive today.

  • US determined to continue drone war: Professor  Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 8:46 PM ET

    Daniel Serwer, Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, discusses news that a C.I.A drone strike killed 3 suspected Qaeda fighters in Yemen on Monday.

  • Commodities tomorrow: Dollar pressures oil  Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. A stronger dollar put downward pressure on oil, and nat gas was down even with the winter temperatures dropping.

  • Saudi exchange closed after death of King Abdullah Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 5:25 AM ET
    Vehicle light trails pass the Kingdom Tower on King Fahad Road in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    The securities exchanges of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain are closed on Sunday because of the death of Saudi King Abdullah.

  • Obama heads to Saudi Arabia to meet new king Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 6:38 AM ET
    Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense Salman bin Abdulaziz.

    U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet its new King Salman after the death of his predecessor Abdullah on Friday.

  • Producers can’t keep drilling at $45 oil: Pickens Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 3:55 PM ET
    T. Boone Pickens

    Energy tycoon Boone Pickens predicted Friday that oil prices would be back near $70 or $80 a barrel by the fourth quarter of this year.

  • It's downhill for US after Saudi king dies: Experts Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 1:38 PM ET

    The Saudis ultimately want higher oil prices, Again Capital partner John Kilduff tells CNBC after the death of King Abdullah.

  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed: Yemen in complete turmoil  Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 9:43 AM ET

    Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Kingdom Holdings chairman, shares his thoughts on how lower oil prices are creating instability in the Middle East.

  • Saudi Prince: We'll never see $100 oil again  Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 9:35 AM ET

    Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Kingdom Holdings chairman, shares his thoughts on his uncle's legacy, and denies his country is punishing U.S. frackers.

  • Need to know: King Salman  Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 7:00 PM ET

    Here's what you need to know about Saudi Arabia's new monarch, King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

  • Commodities tomorrow: ECB squeezes oil  Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. The ECB's QE announcement put downward pressure on oil today, as did a huge weekly build. Nat gas settled down, as well, as inventories were down less than expected. Gold was higher on the day.

  • Commodities tomorrow: Oil up on the day  Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 3:40 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Oil was up on the day, as traders continued to seek the bottom. Nat gas was up on colder weather forecasts, and gold was down today.

  • 'Some will win, some will lose' from oil: Prince Turki  Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 3:45 AM ET

    HRH Turki al Faisal, chairman of the King Faisal Center, discusses who is benefiting and who is suffering from the low oil price.

  • Commodities tomorrow: Nat gas hit on warmer temps  Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. WTI was down more than $2 on the day. The IMF cutting its growth forecast and weak China data were among the reasons why.

  • Islamic State video could show Japanese hostages Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 2:41 AM ET
    An image from the video released online by Islamic State's main media wing Al-Furqan Media.

    The Islamic State armed group issued a video online on Tuesday purporting to show two Japanese hostages.