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  • The World's Longest-Ruling Dictators Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 6:38 PM ET
    With civil unrest spreading from the Middle East to other countries around the world with the help of social networking, it seems that no authoritarian ruler is safe. With this in mind, the question is who's next? The sudden disintegration of the multi-decade rule of leaders like Hosni Mubarak suggests that other long-standing dictators could go.Although Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and North Korea's Kim Jong Il draw the world's attention, the list of rulers considered to be dictators is a long one.A

    So, which dictators have been in power the longest and how have their economies fared under their rule? Find out!

  • 15 Countries That Consume The Most Alcohol Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 1:25 PM ET
    From country to country around the world, people’s relationship with alcohol varies greatly. In some places it serves as a point of national identity, and in others it has become detrimental to a country's overall health. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) released on the global status of alcohol, in order to help countries combat the harmful use of alcohol and avoid negative health and social consequences. Along with data on estimated cost of alcohol abuse, drinking ages and drunk-dr

    Around the world, people’s relationship with alcohol varies greatly. In some places it is a point of national identity, in others it has become detrimental to a country's overall health.

  • The World’s 15 Biggest Oil Producers Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | 11:59 AM ET
    Unrest in the Middle East has put investors on high alert as crude oil prices move seemingly with every development in the region. In order to understand the effect of those events on both US and global oil markets, a key figure to watch is the amount of crude oil produced daily in each country. With data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), a division of the Department of Energy, CNBC.com took a look at the countries that produce the most crude oil on a daily basis. Production is d

    With data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), a division of the Department of Energy, CNBC.com took a look at the countries that produce the most crude oil on a daily basis.

  • Bahrain Crisis Short-Term Blip: Investment Fund Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 10:23 AM ET
    Protesters run from a cloud of teargas during a clash with Bahraini security forces near the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters said that the army fired on them with live rounds, followed by teargas which drove the demonstrators back. There are unconfirmed reports that there are four dead in the clashes.

    The mass protests in Bahrain will make the country stronger and not lead to the fall of the ruling royal family, the boss of Bahrain's sovereign wealth fund has told CNBC.

  • Iran Tensions Good News for Dollar? Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 8:54 AM ET
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    Simon Derrick from Bank of New York Mellon has back through the history books to see how the dollar reacts to political tensions with Iran. He  found that as long as American troops were  not involved in any of the problems, the dollar did very well when Tehran has been in the headlines back through the history books to see how the dollar reacts to political tensions with Iran and found that if American troops are not involved in any problems, the dollar has in the past done very well when Tehran was in the headlines.

  • Calls Grow for Scrutiny of Family’s Finances Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 8:34 AM ET
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    Muammer Gaddafi’s family has built up vast business interests in sectors ranging from oil to hotels during his 41-year rule, giving it a hold over large swathes of Libya’s economy, according to US diplomatic cables and governance groups, reports the Financial Times.

  • $100 Oil? Here's What To Do In The Currency Markets Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 | 11:42 AM ET
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    The turmoil in the Middle East has oil prices on a roll. Here's a plan for currency investors.

  • Morici: Stagflation Just as Worrisome as Egypt Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 2:42 PM ET

    Events in Egypt are not the only risk to the economic recovery—confidence about sovereign debt and slowing growth in Japan and Europe already pose real risks. And stagflation is peeping over the horizon.

  • Scenes From The Middle East Protests Thursday, 27 Jan 2011 | 4:15 PM ET
    Beginning with political unrest in Tunisia, riots, protests and uprisings against governments have spread across North Africa and across the Middle East. Unrest in Tunisia was sparked when a young man set himself on fire and the situation quickly got out of control. In the week since, Tunisia's President has fled the country, while similar self-immolation in places like Egypt, Algeria and Mauritania.Egypt is facing unrest on its streets and in its capital, as protests turn  For images from prote

    In the week since, Tunisia's President has fled the country, with similar self-immolation in places like Egypt, Algeria and Mauritania.

  • After Danisco, What's DuPont's Next Takeover Target? Monday, 10 Jan 2011 | 3:27 PM ET

    Why Cramer doesn't think DuPont's mergers and acquisitions activity will stop with Danisco.

  • Chemical Giant Ends Iran Deals After CNBC Report Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 8:33 AM ET

    Chemical giant Transammonia is ending all ties with Iran following a CNBC investigation into its business dealings there.

  • Revolutionary Guard Has Tight Grip on Iran's Economy Wednesday, 8 Dec 2010 | 1:34 PM ET
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    The Revolutionary Guard  is  a major force when it comes to controlling Iran's economy. Many Iranians in and out of the country have called the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps "Iran's mafia."

  • Americans may be rare in Iran, but American products find their way into the country, despite international sanctions, through a tiny Iranian resort island called Kish.

  • Warren Buffett

    Warren Buffett likes to portray himself as the multi-billionaire cheapskate who feels great pain from every dollar bill that leaves his wallet.  But there's no sign today of that stingy public persona he sometimes exaggerates for laughs.  Buffett says it will be a "pleasure" to write a $50 million check, fulfilling his promise to help fund an international nuclear fuel bank.

  • MARKETS—Domm Wednesday, 1 Dec 2010 | 3:28 PM ET
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    The dollar looks sad, US stocks look okay and the econony starts looking "half-full."

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    I have written in the past about the prospect of a nuclear Iran and its destabilizing effect in the world’s most important energy region. But what if Israel strikes before Tehran’s nuclear ambitions are realized?

  • 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.