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  • Wien's Top Prediction For 2013

    Byron Wien, Blackstone Advisory Partners vice chairman, shares his final market surprise: Iran increasing its nuclear capabilities this year.

  • Just two weeks before his second inauguration, President Obama is acting as if he believes he has a big mandate for his next term. The latest sign: his decision to defy a concerted campaign against his choice for defense secretary.

  • Rigorous new sanctions against Iran's banking, shipping and industrial sectors took effect on Saturday, as part of the European Union's effort to force Tehran to scale back its nuclear program.

  • Despite pressure from the U.S. and others, several companies are still investing in the Iranian energy sector.

  • OPEC agreed on Wednesday to hold its oil production limit unchanged at 30 million barrels a day, delegates at the meeting said. Ministers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries continued in closed session to debate who should be the group's next secretary general. They were divided over candidacies from Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

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    StanChart has agreed to pay $327 million to resolve allegations that it violated U.S. sanctions against Iran, Sudan and two other countries, capping months of legal headaches for the British bank.

  • North Korea: Still Up to No Good?

    Michael Raska, Research Fellow, Institute of Defence & Strategic Studies, NTU, explains what may be delaying North Korea's rocket launch. He adds that the threat of possible sanctions may have also spooked Pyongyang.

  • Iran Claims It Captured US Drone

    NBC's Jim Miklaszewski reports on the developing story of Iran claiming it captured a U.S. drone.

  • The Year Ahead for the Oil Market

    Peter Hutton, energy analyst at RBC Capital Markets, tells CNBC that oil prices are likely to remain at current levels due to the falling supply out of Iran.

  • Tehran, Iran

    Iran captured a U.S. drone that was flying in the country's airspace, its media reported on Tuesday. Iran said the aircraft had entered its airspace and would respond "decisively" to any encroachments into its airspace.

  • Oil held around $111 per barrel on Monday on signs China's economic growth was beginning to recover.

  • Oil Price Is Likely to Rise: Expert

    Harry Tchilinguirian, head of commodity markets strategy at BNP Paribas, tells CNBC if sanctions tighten on Iran there will be less capacity in the market and it is more likely to be upwardly price sensitive.

  • A Closer Look At Susan Rice's Portfolio

    A new report says Susan Rice's portfolio includes companies doing business with Iran, with Michael Rubin, American Enterprise Institute.

  • Israel Could Make Things Worse for Israel: Analyst

    Alastair Newton, Senior Political Analyst, Nomura says that the polls are close ahead of Israel's elections next month and that there's a risk that Tel Aviv could cut off tax revenue from Palestine.

  • Most Expensive Military Programs

    Read ahead to see the most expensive U.S. military programs currently under way.

  • Iran in Position to Threaten Oil lanes

    In December, the U.S. military will have only one aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf for the first time in two years. The Iranian navy said it was kicking off a military exercise in the region at that time.  If talks scheduled between Tehran and the IAEA turn sour, there's potential for Iran to exploit the security vacuum for geopolitical gain.

  • New Plan For Afghanistan?

    Are Afghans perfectly capable of defending themselves like the President says they are? Bing West, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense, weighs in. "President Obama has an uphill climb ahead of him if he going to get back to a position of power in the Israel-Arab dynamic," he says.

  • Has Gaza Affected Oil Markets?

    Amrita Sen, chief oil analyst at Energy Aspects Ltd., tells CNBC that although there has been no physical disruption in the oil market during the Gaza conflict, there is fear that regional tensions between countries like Israel and Iran could lead to trouble.

  • A four-day gain in the S&P 500 greeted investors ahead of Thanksgiving, but the rally might not have much room to run, the CNBC “Fast Money” pros said Wednesday.

  • Is Oil’s Slide Done?

    Rich Ilczyszyn, a "Futures Now" trader and founder of iiTrader, explains why he's selling oil now.