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  • LONDON, Oct 22- Syrian raw sugar imports have jumped in recent weeks as the country bolsters local stocks at the same time as Russia has stepped up its support for ally President Bashar al-Assad, trade sources said. In 2014, he was ordered to serve a 12- month jail term by Britain's High Court for contempt of court due to breach of contract in a deal with U.S. agri group...

  • More than 100 members of Syria's opposition parties and rebel fighting groups agreed at the end of two days of talks in Riyadh to work together to prepare for peace talks with President Bashar al-Assad's government. But the final hours of the meeting, which excluded Islamic State and Nusra Front fighters as well as the main Kurdish force controlling large...

  • *Kerry in Paris says talks "constructive," "tough issues" remain. RIYADH, Dec 10- A powerful Islamist insurgent group said it pulled out of a Syrian opposition meeting in Riyadh on Thursday because rebel proposals had been ignored, in a move which highlighted the enduring divisions among President Bashar al-Assad's enemies. The talks in Saudi Arabia were intended...

  • RIYADH, Dec 10- Opponents of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad agreed on Thursday to bring together political and armed factions in a single body in preparation for possible peace talks with his government, an opposition member said. The opposition meeting in Riyadh comes amid escalating conflict in Syria and accelerated diplomacy to find a political...

  • RIYADH, Dec 10- Syrian opposition and rebel groups meeting in Riyadh will on Thursday discuss forming a delegation for future peace talks, one of the toughest subjects in negotiations aimed at forging a unified position among President Bashar al-Assad's enemies. Attacks by Islamic State and its supporters in the Middle East, Europe and the U.S., a surge of...

  • The social network, however, activated it after Friday's gun and bomb attacks in Paris, drawing criticism from some users because the feature was not activated for suicide bombings in Beirut a day earlier. Both the Paris and Beirut attacks were claimed by Islamic State militants. People in Paris were posting to let their friends and family know they were safe,...

  • Anti-encryption drumbeat grows after Paris attacks Monday, 16 Nov 2015 | 1:15 PM ET
    A French police officer stands guard at the Franco-Italian border in Menton, France, on Nov. 15, 2015, after the deadly attacks in Paris on Friday.

    Last week's deadly terror attacks in Paris and Beirut have stirred up political tensions in an unlikely locale: Silicon Valley.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 15- U.S. equity futures opened lower on Sunday, following coordinated attacks in Paris on Friday that killed more than 130 people. "The market was already weak prior to Paris, will reinforce the defensive rotation that was already starting," said Michael O'Rourke, chief market strategist at JonesTrading in Greenwich, Connecticut.

  • *Lebanon plans new stimulus package in 2016. Lebanon is expected to record zero growth in 2015 and the central bank currently has no intention to change interest rates, Governor Riad Salameh told the Reuters Middle East Investment Summit in an interview. Political conflict has brought policymaking to a standstill in Lebanon, which has been without a president...

  • No light at end of tunnel for Lebanon's power crisis Monday, 26 Oct 2015 | 9:16 AM ET

    BEIRUT, Oct 26- Four decades ago, Lebanon used to export power to its larger neighbour Syria. The situation is so bad that even people fleeing the conflict in Syria have been heard to complain. Outages have plagued Lebanon since its own 1975-1990 civil war and the power crisis is a legacy of that conflict, with the country now shackled by paralysis in government and...

  • Sugar flows to Syria pick up as cargo traffic surges Thursday, 22 Oct 2015 | 8:45 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 22- Syrian raw sugar imports have jumped in recent weeks as the country bolsters local stocks at the same time as Russia has stepped up its support for ally President Bashar al-Assad, trade sources said. In 2014, he was ordered to serve a 12- month jail term by Britain's High Court for contempt of court due to breach of contract in a deal with U.S. agri group...

  • BEIRUT, Aug 23- Protests against the Lebanese government turned violent for a second day on Sunday, and Prime Minister Tammam Salam threatened to resign as public discontent brought thousands into the streets. Salam's cabinet has been hamstrung by political and sectarian rivalries that have been exacerbated by wider crises in the Middle East, including the...

  • BEIRUT, Aug 23- Protests against the Lebanese government turned violent for a second day on Sunday, and Prime Minister Tammam Salam threatened to resign as public discontent brought thousands into the streets. Mobilised by the trash crisis, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Beirut this weekend as part of the "You Stink" campaign directed at the...

  • BEIRUT, Aug 23- Lebanon's prime minister threatened to resign on Sunday, warning rival parties in his unity cabinet that the state faced collapse because of paralysis that has come to a head with its failure to resolve a crisis over rubbish disposal. Protesters called for a second day of demonstrations against Prime Minister Tammam Salam's cabinet on Sunday...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 19- Brooklyn Brewery, the craft beer maker operating from New York City's most populous borough, resisted taking money from investment firms for almost three decades, according to co-founder and Chairman Steve Hindy. The $19.6 billion U.S. craft beer market grew by about 18 percent in barrel volume in 2014, according to the Brewers Association.

  • Bad to worse: ISIS brings fight to Syrian capital Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 3:07 PM ET
    Syrian opposition forces use tunnels as shelter from air attacks in Damascus, Syria, April 5, 2015.

    The arrival of ISIS in Syria's capital threatens Syria's government and brings the group closer to some of the region's last stable countries.

  • Harwood: On a diplomatic track for now Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 3:31 PM ET
    Harwood: On a diplomatic track for now

    CNBC's John Harwood reacts to Secretary of State John Kerry's comments on the Ukrainian crisis.

  • Sec. Kerry: Hope ideas lead to de-escalation Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 3:28 PM ET
    Sec. Kerry: Hope ideas lead to de-escalation

    Secretary of State John Kerry discusses the parameters of his discussions with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

  • Sec. Kerry: US will not allow Ukraine sovereignty to be violated

    Secretary of State John Kerry has agreed to continue discussions to help stabilize and overcome the crisis in Ukraine. Kerry also commented on Lebanon saying the U.S. is deeply concerned about security and sovereignty of the people of Lebanon.

  • Lebanon's borrowing premium 'normal': Central Bank Governor

    Riad Salameh, governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon, discusses the country's economy and says the Syrian conflict is a "burden" for Lebanon.