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  • Bahrain Fighting Moves from Roundabout to Villages Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 10:38 AM ET
    Anti-government protestors open their arms in front of military vehicles near Pearl Square in Bahraini capital Manama, on March 16, 2011, after Bahraini police killed at least two protesters and wounded dozens more as they assaulted a peaceful protest camp in the capital's Pearl Square, an opposition party official said. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

    Manama's central financial district and the iconic Pearl Roundabout were quiet Wednesday night, despite earlier calls from opposition groups who said they planned to regain their presence there.

  • Libyan Oil Buys Allies for Qaddafi Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 10:04 AM ET
    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

    From Liberia to South Africa to the island of Madagascar, Libya’s holdings are like a giant venture capital fund, geared to make friends and wi n influence in the poorest region in the world.  The NYT reports.

  • Traders Need New Strategies Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 9:10 AM ET

    Unfortunately, a short-covering rally in Japanese equities does not mean the nuclear crisis there is over. However, traders this morning are trying to look down the road. Simply put: chaos means dislocations.

  • Bahraini Banker: Meritocracy, Not Nepotism, Needed Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 3:32 AM ET

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  • A group of Chinese citizens at the City Hall await transport to leave the tsunami devastated city of Sendai, Miyagi prefecture on March 15, 2011.

    Markets will stay sensitive to any developments with Japan's unfolding nuclear crisis or from Middle East trouble spots, and that could once more weigh on risk assets.

  • Bahrain Military to Secure Capital Tonight: Sources Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 3:50 PM ET
    A Bahraini anti-regime protester holds up a poster with a caricature image of Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa calling him a "war criminal" during a demonstration in the capital Manama.

    The Bahrain military plans to secure the country's capital Tuesday night, clearing the Pearl Roundabout where protests have been held since mid-February, and securing government buildings, sources in the country told CNBC.

  • IEA Says Libyan Oil Exports Halted Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 7:43 AM ET

    The International Energy Agency says Libyan oil exports have "ground to a halt" because of the fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

  • 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.

  • Quake Provides 'Excuse' for More Easing: Economist Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 3:22 AM ET

    Following the huge losses on the Nikkei, with more than $700 billion dollars wiped off the Japanese market in just two sessions, one economist is predicting the tragic events in Japan will be an "excuse" 'to move to quantitative easing in all major markets.

  • Mideast Still Biggest Worry for Markets: Cantor CEO Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 3:37 PM ET
    A rebel fighter greets a crowd of comrades while heading towards the frontline in Ajdabiya, Libya.

    Despite Japan's massive earthquake and tsunami's impact on global markets, the escalating violence in the Middle East still poses the biggest threat for investors, according to Shawn Matthews, CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, a privately-owned investment bank.

  • A Bahraini anti-regime protester holds up a poster with a caricature image of Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa calling him a "war criminal" during a demonstration in the capital Manama.

    General confusion reigns and businesses prepare for another day off as Gulf Cooperation Council forces deploy in Bahrain.

  • 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.

  • Soldiers pull a boat across floodwater as they help to evacuate residents of Tagajo city, Miyagi

    Traders went home Friday thinking about Japan's tragic earthquake and tsunami, more possible unrest in the Middle East, and Europe's sovereign debt problems.

  • 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.

  • Saudi Prince One on One Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 3:10 PM ET
    Saudi Prince One on One

    Discussing the Middle East's need for reform as well as oil supply issues, with Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al Saud, Saudi Arabia, Kingdom Holding Company.

  • 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.

  • VIX Options Signal a Buying Opportunity in Stocks Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 11:11 AM ET
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    Fear in the markets is palpable. Reports of unrest in Saudi Arabia, and the devastation caused by Japan's massive earthquake having many thinking the global economic recovery could be at risk.