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  • U.S.-Iran nuclear talks

    Alex Travelli, Hong Kong bureau chief of The Economist says the U.S. should maintain sanctions on Iran as a bargaining chip, until a credible nuclear deal is made.

  • Iran icebreaker set at UN

    Federal prosecutors are asking SAC Capital for $2 billion to settle criminal insider trading charges, reports CNBC's Mary Thompson; and CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani did not shake hands at the UN General Assembly today.

  • Iranian President Hasan Rouhani.

    Energy market watchers are asking whether recent conciliatory gestures from Iran are genuine—and what they could mean for global oil.

  • Fighting Iran in court

    The U.S. has pursued punishing economic sanctions against the government of Iran, as thousands of U.S. citizens have pursued compensatory damages for being victims of Iranian sponsored terrorism. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports $7 billion have been awarded to U.S. victims.

  • Will Russia approve use of force in Syria?

    Ayham Kamel, Middle East analyst at Eurasia Group, discusses the U.S./Russia talks over Syria and how Western countries need to appear strong.

  • President Obama's UN speech preview

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera provides a preview of President Obama speech at the United Nations today.

  • UN update: A friendlier Iran?

    The diplomatic chill between the United States and Iran is showing signs of thawing, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, with a preview of President Obama speech at the United Nations today.

  • Crowds gather at Apple stores

    Two new versions of Apple's iPhone went on sale today, and crowds gathered outside the stores overnight, reports CNBC's Dominic Chu.

  • Syria diplomacy backed by force?

    Nader Mousavizadeh, geopolitical analyst at Macro Advisory Partners, says the threat of a U.S. strike prompted the deal between Syria and Russia, and explains how Iran is opening the dialogue.

  • Building at 650 Fifth Avenue, New York City.

    A Federal judge will allow the Justice Department to seize and sell an NYC building claimed to be a front for the Iranian government and terrorism.

  • What does Iran think?

    Discussing what Iran's leaders are thinking and saying as Syria tries to avoid a U.S. air strike, with The Rand Group's Iran expert Alireza Nader. "The Iranian leadership is primarily concerned with the sanctions imposed by the U.S. and the international community," he says.

  • The cost of war

    What does it cost to keep the U.S. military poised as President Obama wants to keep it for a strike on Syria? CNBC's Eamon Javers takes a look.

  • The conflict in Syria has more than halved the amount of oil the country can supply, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said on Tuesday.

  • William Hague greets John Kerry

    Secretary of State John Kerry says in London that Syria could prevent a U.S.-led military strike by handing over all chemical weapons.

  • Kuwait City faced a slightly unusual challenge over the weekend, after a lion was caught roaming around the upmarket area of Bayan.

  • Can Obama convince the Congress on Syria?

    Anthony Dworkin, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and Ayham Kamel, Middle East analyst at Eurasia Group, discuss a possible U.S. intervention in Syria.

  •  The G20 should be called the G-Zero: Eurasia Group

    Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, tells CNBC that going to Congress over Syria was the single biggest misstep in foreign policy during the Obama administration

  • Congressional debate over Syria

    Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Foreign Relations Committee chairman, discusses his opinions over whether the U.S. should strike Syria heading into Tuesday's hearings. Will the country be drawn in to a much larger conflict?

  • Don't think Russia, Iran would entangle US: Kattouf

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Theodore Kattouf weighs in on Secretary of State John Kerry's statements on the crisis in Syria and the potential U.S. military action there. "This has to be done quickly; it has to be effective, but not to the extent it entangles us in the civil war," he says.

  • Guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (right), with a French anti-submarine frigate during exercises earlier this year.

    Military strikes on Syria present a complex set of possible outcomes, all of them disruptive for energy markets. But some scenarios are worse than others.