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  • Member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard

    An Iranian missile under construction, caught up in a mysterious blast in November, had a range of 6,000 miles, a senior Israeli official said Thursday in a speech outside Tel Aviv, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Romney Stock Trades Clash With Divestment Pledge Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 | 8:33 AM ET
    Mitt Romney

    During his presidential campaign in 2007, Republican candidate Mitt Romney promised that a trust overseeing his financial portfolio would shed any investments that conflicted with GOP positions toward Iran, China, stem cell research and other issues.

  • Iran Oil Ban Would Hurt EU, Boost Price: OPEC Monday, 30 Jan 2012 | 11:49 AM ET
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    Any decision by Iran to cut oil exports to the European Union will affect the price of oil and hurt the region's economy, OPEC Secretary General Abdalla Salem El-Badri told CNBC on Monday.

  • Gold

    Gold priced in euros broke above of key trend line Monday morning, as safe-haven buying and upward technical momentum continue to help the precious metal rally.

  • Iran to Halt 'Some' Oil Exports Soon: Oil Minister Monday, 30 Jan 2012 | 3:46 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.

    Iran’s parliament is to debate a “double-urgency bill” which would halt all oil exports to the European Union in response to expanded sanctions by the bloc.

  • Palace of the Republican Guard

    The Pentagon doesn’t know what happened to more than $100 million in cash held at Saddam Hussein’s palace in Baghdad during the Iraq war, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

  • Release of Oil Reserves Not in the Cards Now: IEA Thursday, 26 Jan 2012 | 10:22 AM ET
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    Despite reports suggesting that Iran is considering a halt to all oil exports to Europe as a response to European Union and US sanctions, the head of energy watchdog the International Energy Agency said that releasing reserves under its control is not something under consideration now.

  • Dollar Sinks, Turkey Gets Tough Thursday, 26 Jan 2012 | 8:06 AM ET
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    Fed interest-rate plans hit the dollar and Iran reverses course - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Iran: Closing Hormuz Strait to Deal With EU's Embargo? Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 12:00 PM 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 authorities have reacted to the decision by the European Union on an embargo by calling for an immediate halt to oil sales to the continent. In a statement on its website, the Iranian Oil Ministry described the European Union’s decision as “hasty” and “a political game”.

  • Showdown with Iran Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 7:46 PM ET
    Showdown with Iran

    Helima Croft, Barclays Capital, discusses the geopolitical implications of the EU's oil embargo on Iranian imports, and the U.S. sanctions on Iran's third largest bank.

  • How to Play Oil's Rise Using Currencies Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 3:40 PM ET
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    Oil prices are on the move again, and these strategists say the Norwegian krone will benefit.

  • Loonie Slips, Greek Debt Talks Play On Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 8:10 AM ET
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    The Greek drama plays on and Iran and Russia go native - it's time for your FX Fix.

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