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  • Iran Shuts Down Shops Selling Barbie Dolls: Report Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 5:50 AM ET

    An Iranian news agency is reporting police have closed down dozens of toy shop for selling Barbie dolls. The stated aim is to fight Western cultural influence.

  • Islamic Art: More Than Religious Artifacts Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 10:35 AM ET
    Islamic Art

    It's a vast, valuable and diverse category of art , and taking a narrow religious view could hurt you as an investor.

  • Iran Using Oil as a Political Weapon? Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 7:36 AM ET
    Iran Using Oil as a Political Weapon?

    Insight on how tensions with Iran are impacting oil markets, with Peter Beutel, CameronHanover.com; Boris Schlossberg, GFT; and Lou Grasso, Millennium Futures. "We certainly have a lot of political, a lot of military risk in the price of oil," says Beutel.

  • Inflation Falls in World's Top Oil Exporter Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 9:56 AM ET
    Main roads in Riyadh are decorated with national flags and portraits of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia on February 21, 2011 amid preparations to welcome the Saudi royal back as he is expected to return home later this week after convalescing in Morocco from operations in New York, according to a source close to the oil-rich Gulf monarchy. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Inflation in the world’s top oil exporter Saudi Arabia has slowed to a four-year low of 5 percent in 2011, despite a significant ramp-up in government spending in the wake of the Arab Spring.

  • Euro Lifts, Dollar Slips, Iran Cracks Down Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 8:02 AM ET

    China grows, Spain sells bonds, rating agencies predict a Greek default - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Iran Studying 'Hormuz Letter,' Warns Gulf Producers Monday, 16 Jan 2012 | 4:46 AM ET
    Straight of Hormuz map

    The Iranian Foreign Ministry has confirmed it has received a letter from the United States concerning the Strait of Hormuz, “via three different channels.” Authorities were considering whether to reply, although the contents of the letter were not divulged.

  • China: A Lifeline for Iran and Its Oil Exports? Monday, 16 Jan 2012 | 2:26 AM ET
    View of Iran's oil industry installations in Mahshahr, Khuzestan province, southern Iran.

    As Europe and the US tighten sanctions on Iran, China remains the largest buyer of Iranian oil and has played down economic sanctions as an effective way to influence Tehran. The CSM reports.

  • No Major Disruption to Oil Supply Yet: Analyst Sunday, 15 Jan 2012 | 8:40 PM ET
    No Major Disruption to Oil Supply Yet: Analyst

    Azlin Ahmad, Editor, Crude Oil, Argus Media Limited, Singapore, says there is no major disruption to oil supply currently. She adds the downgrades of European nations by the S&P has put a cap on oil price gains.

  • Oil Refiners Sever Links to Iran Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 2:01 AM ET

    European refiners have started to sever links with Iran, stopping spot purchases of crude ahead of a European Union meeting later this month that could impose a full oil embargo on Tehran, the FT reports.

  • Japan and South Korea Seek to Ease Iran Oil Ties Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 11:39 PM ET
    An international oil tanker passes through the Suez canal in Ismailia, Egypt.

    Japan and South Korea are seeking new suppliers of crude oil to lessen their dependence on Iran, in response to US pressure to stop buying from the country. The Financial Times reports.

  • Short Covering Helps Euro, China Helps Aussie Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 8:03 AM ET

    Chinese trade data lifts currencies down under, and short covering lifts the euro from Monday's lows — it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Iran Tension Will Keep Oil Prices High: Analyst Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 6:30 AM ET
    Iranian navy conducts the "Velayat-90" naval wargames in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran on January 1, 2012. Iran defiantly announced that it had tested a new missile and made an advance in its nuclear programme after the United States unleashed extra sanctions that sent its currency to a record low.

    The tensions over Iran and threats from the West to apply sanctions on Iranian oil will see crude prices facing more of an upside risk in the near future, a commodities analyst told CNBC.

  • Iran Looks to Venezuela as it Scrambles for Allies Monday, 9 Jan 2012 | 8:32 AM ET
    This satellite image shows the Strait of Hormuz, between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The Strait of Hormuz runs between Iran and United Arab Emirates.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s five-day tour of Latin American countries comes at a time of rising tensions with the United States and growing international isolation. The US State Department described Iran’s search for friends as “desperate,” while US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is expected to ratchet up the pressure in a visit to China and Japan.

  • Iran Reported to Enrich Uranium at Underground Lab Sunday, 8 Jan 2012 | 4:19 PM ET
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    Iran has begun uranium enrichment at a new underground site built to withstand possible airstrikes, a leading hard-line newspaper reported Sunday in another show of defiance against Western pressure to rein in Tehran's nuclear program.

  • Iran’s Central Bank Chief Not Resigning: Report Sunday, 8 Jan 2012 | 1:33 PM ET
    Iranian Flag

    The Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has not stepped down despite rumors to the contrary, according to comments carried by the semi-official Fars news agency.

  • Asian Nations Seek to Reduce Oil Purchases From Iran Saturday, 7 Jan 2012 | 4:55 AM ET

    Under growing pressure from the United States, some of Asia’s largest economies are reluctantly looking for options to reduce the amount of oil they buy from Iran. The New York Times reports.

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    Crosscurrents from Europe, a gaggle of Fed speakers and the start of earnings season in the coming week will provide a critical test for markets in the new year.

  • Tehran, Iran

    Oil prices could spiral out of control and potentially herald deeper economic hardship for Europe if the European Union joins the US in banning Iranian oil imports, analysts warned on Friday.

  • What is the Wort-Case Scenario if the Strait of Hormuz is Closed?

    Alejandro Barbajosa, Oil Markets Specialist at Argus Media discusses the ability of major consuming nations to cope if Iran follows through on it's threats to blockade the strait of Hormuz, and says that the worst-case scenario would be a sudden, severe knee-jerk reaction which would, however, be short-lived.

  • Iran Threat Drives Oil Prices Higher Thursday, 5 Jan 2012 | 4:45 PM ET
    Iran Threat Drives Oil Prices Higher

    Threats from Iran to disrupt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz continue, and light sweet crude is bumping up against its 10-month high, John Kilduff, Again Capital, and Edward Morse, Citi, discuss.