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  • In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | 8:06 AM ET
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    Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them.

  • Computer Attacks Linked to Wealthy Group or Nation Sunday, 26 Sep 2010 | 6:42 PM ET
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    A powerful computer code attacking industrial facilities around the world, but mainly in Iran, probably was created by experts working for a country or a well-funded private group, analysts said.

  • Worm Hits Computers of Staff at Iran Nuclear Plant Sunday, 26 Sep 2010 | 8:28 AM ET
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    A complex computer worm capable of seizing control of industrial plants has affected the personal computers of staff working at Iran's first nuclear power station weeks before the facility is to go online, the official news agency reported Sunday. 

  • Iran's Nuclear Agency Trying to Stop Computer Worm Saturday, 25 Sep 2010 | 9:51 AM ET
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    Iran's nuclear agency is trying to combat a complex computer worm that has affected industrial sites throughout the country and is capable of taking over power plants, Iranian media reports said.

  • Former Israel Official: Sanction Iran's Top Bank Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010 | 4:52 PM ET
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    On the eve of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's address to the United Nations General Assembly Israel's just departed UN Ambassador says she believes sanctions designed to slow Iran's nuclear program only have a chance to work if Iran's largest bank, The Central Bank of Iran, is directly targeted by the international financial community.

  • Gulf States in $123 Billion US Arms Spree Tuesday, 21 Sep 2010 | 10:01 AM ET
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    The Arab states of the Gulf have embarked on one of the largest re-armament exercises in peacetime history, ordering US weapons worth some $123bn as they seek to counter Iran’s military power.

  • Barclays 'Sweetheart Deal' Under Fire Wednesday, 18 Aug 2010 | 6:23 AM ET
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    A federal judge on Tuesday criticized Barclays’ $298 million deal with the U.S. authorities to settle charges of facilitating payments that violated sanctions against countries including Cuba and Iran. The FT reports.

  • Barclays to Pay $298 Million in Foreign Bank Case Monday, 16 Aug 2010 | 5:09 PM ET
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    Barclays has agreed to pay $298 million over criminal allegations that it illegally engaged in financial transactions with banks in Cuba, Iran, Libya, Sudan and Burma, the Justice Department disclosed in court papers filed Monday.

  • Underground Broker Network a Bane in Terror Probes Friday, 14 May 2010 | 8:30 AM ET
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    Long before there was MoneyGram and Western Union, people in South Asian countries often used an informal network of brokers, called an "hawala," to transfer money over long distances when it was too inconvenient or dangerous to send cash by courier.

  • Fuzzy Ducky's Fun Day Plucking Flowers Monday, 29 Mar 2010 | 1:19 PM ET

    The Dayton Daily News in a cartoon challenges Vice President Joe Biden to say that three times quickly. It could make for a great spot on U-tube.

  • Farrell: I Always Did Like the Italian Lira Friday, 26 Mar 2010 | 9:59 AM ET

    Having had a son live in Italy for four years some time ago I got very comfortable with the lira. I loved spending a million or two for a cup of coffee. It was an out of mind experience to think in lira type numbers. It looks like there might be a chance to go back to the good old days.

  • Farrell: On Health Care—59,000 Nuns Can't Be Wrong Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 11:59 AM ET
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    An organization that is supposed to represent the interest of 59,000 Catholic nuns has come out in favor of the Senate version of the health care bill despite language that allows Federal money for abortions. I didn't think there were 59,000 nuns in the world. And I don't need that many to tell me anything.

  • Huntsman Draws Praise for Ceasing Sales to Iran Wednesday, 27 Jan 2010 | 6:33 PM ET
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    A group pressuring global companies to stop operating in Iran is hailing chemical maker Huntsman Corporation for its decision to cut business ties with the Islamic Republic.

  • 2010 Top Risks Monday, 4 Jan 2010 | 4:41 PM ET

    Expect 2010 to be much more turbulent year geopolitically speaking than last year, according to the latest report out by Eurasia Group.

  • Busch: Welcome Back Mr. President! Monday, 4 Jan 2010 | 11:32 AM ET

    From underwear screening to health care to a nuclear ultimatum from Iran, President Barack Obama has 2010 start with his agenda driven by events and not choice. This is the nature of the beast and Obama's management skills will be tested this month. Let's do a quick list of what's happening and the major questions to resolve.

  • Group Asks Huntsman to Cease Operations in Iran Tuesday, 24 Nov 2009 | 1:43 PM ET
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    A group dedicated to stopping Iran develop nuclear weapons is calling on Huntsman Corporation, listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol HUN, to pull its operations out of the Islamic Republic.

  • Politics May Boost Oil Price Further: Analyst Wednesday, 11 Nov 2009 | 8:50 AM ET

    The price of oil looks set to rise further as political factors limiting investment will join rising demand and a weak dollar among factors pushing up prices, analysts told CNBC Wednesday.

  • President Barack Obama says Iran is on notice following the disclosure of an underground plant to make nuclear fuel that could be used to build an atomic bomb.

  • In light of growing tensions between the West and Iran, how should you trade oil?

  • Will Iran's Economic Partners Block Sanctions? Tuesday, 25 Aug 2009 | 6:34 PM ET
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    With a September deadline from the White House on Iran's nuclear program only weeks away, it remains unclear whether the United States can impose sanctions against the Islamic state in the face of possible opposition from Iran's economic allies.