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  • US State Dept Urges Americans to Avoid Bahrain Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 4:09 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 U.S. State Department urged U.S. citizens on Tuesday to defer travel to Bahrain and suggested Americans there should leave due to ongoing political and civil unrest.

  • War Machine Watch: Cakewalk Talk Runs Rampant Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 1:53 PM ET
    Protests in Libya

    Pressure is building for the US to take action in Libya.

  • Arab Gulf Forces Said to Deploy to Bahrain Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 11:54 AM ET
    Bahraini anti-government protesters gather in Pearl Square, in Manama.

    Forces from Gulf Arab countries will help with maintaining order in Bahrain and some forces have already arrived in the country, according to press reports.

  • Libyan Rebels' Chief in Plea for Support Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 2:00 AM ET
    Libyan rebel fighters stand ready with anti-aircraft weapons at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Ras Lanuf on March 6, 2011 which in spite of air strikes by the regime, the key oil pipeline hub was still in rebel hands, AFP correspondents reported, countering claims by a state-owned television that it had been recaptured. AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

    The leader of Libya’s rebellion has warned countries that have failed to support the uprising against Muammer Gaddafi that they would be denied access to Libya’s vast oil riches if the regime is deposed, the Financial Times reports.

  • Five Things We're Watching: March 14, 2011 Sunday, 13 Mar 2011 | 7:41 PM ET
    Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members continue rescue

    Japan faces earthquake aftermath and nuclear emergency, Gaddafi wins gains against rebels, and the Rajaratnam trial continues. 

  • Transcript: Interview With Prince Alwaleed Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 5:30 PM ET
    Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al Saud, the nephew of King Abdullah

    Here’s the complete transcript of Maria Bartiromo’s exclusive interview with Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al Saud.

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    Citigroup’s shakiest days are over, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al Saud, the biggest single individual shareholder of the bank’s stock and chairman of Kingdom Holding Company, which also holds Citi stock, told CNBC Friday.

  • Middle East Unrest Hits Sovereign Wealth Funds Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 2:10 PM ET
    Protests in Libya

    Saudi Arabia has handed out about $37 billion, while Oman, Bahrain, Libya and Kuwait have boosted domestic spending up to 4 percent of GDP. The result is the sovereign wealth funds are less able to invest overseas.

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    Police and protesters clashed in Saudi Arabia Thursday and the country faces a day of possible mass protests Friday, but even heavy demonstrations will not succeed in removing the current regime, according to analysts at the Eurasia Group.

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    Markets head into Friday watching and waiting to see if economic news outweighs geopolitical concerns, after Thursday's "risk off" selling spree.

  • War Machine Watch: The Official 'Line' on No-Fly Zones Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 1:43 PM ET
    Libyan opposition supporters demonstrate in Benghazi, Libya.

    A few readers have asked why a business website should run a daily feature on the potential for war with Libya.

  • Markets Shift Focus From Supply to Demand Worry Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 11:45 AM ET

    Financial markets have quickly moved from worrying about things like Middle East oil supplies to whether the global economy is healthy enough to support demand for all sorts of assets.

  • Oil's Perfect Storm Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 10:21 AM ET
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    A perfect storm may be blowing towards the global oil markets—with disastrous economic and political consequences to follow in the wake.

  • Hoard of Cash Lets Qaddafi Extend Fight Against Rebels Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 7:55 AM ET
    Muammer Gaddafi

    The Libyan leader Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi has “tens of billions” in cash secretly hidden away in Tripoli, allowing him to prolong his fight against rebel forces.

  • UK University Ex-Chief on Libya Funding Controversy Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 5:25 AM ET

    The London School of Economics should not have accepted research funding from a foundation run by the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the outgoing director of the London School of Economics told CNBC Thursday, but cuts in government funding will force governments to raise money more aggressively, he warned.

  • Tripoli Pours Old Notes Back in Circulation Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 4:41 AM ET
    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

    Libya’s central bank has ordered banks to recirculate old currency in the first sign that the oil-rich north African state is facing liquidity problems amid international efforts to freeze the regime’s assets, reports the Financial Times.

  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed Calls for Citi Dividend Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 2:55 AM ET

    Wealthy Saudi investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal expressed confidence in Citigroup's earnings potential and also called for the bank to issue a dividend to shareholders.

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    Oil prices are finally retreating from two-and-half year highs but the market is bracing for more volatility as anti-government protests threaten to spread beyond the borders of Libya towards the world's top exporter Saudi Arabia.

  • Oil Shock Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 7:31 PM ET
    Oil Shock

    Discussing who is right in Libya and whether a Gaddafi comeback would be bad for oil, with Michael Levi, Fellow for Science and Technology, Council on Foreign Relations and Helima Croft, Barclay's geopolitical analyst.

  • Oil Spike Due to 'Market Pricing in Risk': Exxon CEO Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 3:33 PM ET

    The spike in the price of an oil barrel has been caused by “market pricing and risk premium on the future oil supply,” not a lack of supply, Rex Tillerson, CEO and chairman of Exxon Mobil, told CNBC Wednesday.