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Business Middle East

  • Mortgage

    Saudi Arabia is expected to enforce a highly-anticipated new mortgage law that could offer valuable opportunities for banks and investors seeking the next growth story in the Kingdom.

  • World Bank President Robert Zoellick addresses the media during a press conference following his meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on September 2, 2009 in Beijing, China.

    Emerging markets currently represent "about half of global growth," World Bank President Robert B. Zoelick told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Cityscape at sunrise, Kabul, Afghanistan

    In Afghanistan, the biggest threat is deadly air pollution, which jills more people than the war.

  • Saudi women are planning to take to the streets on Friday, not to push for democratic reforms, as has been a common theme in the Arab Spring, but for the right to drive.

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    A plan that would have tapped into the strategic petroleum reserves was one of many idea President Obama has considered to bring down the price of oil, Energy Secretary Steven Chu told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Making America More Energy Efficient

    Calls to reduce our dependence on foreign oil are front and center as oil prices are still hovering around $100 per barrel. Insight with Eric Schadt, EcoCar Challenge and Steven Chu, Department of Energy secretary.

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    The Senate refused to kill a $5 billion annual subsidy for ethanol on Tuesday, backing continued government aid for a Farm Belt-based industry instead of deficit reduction in an era of record red ink.

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    And it’s off - the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix that was recently reinstated on Oct. 30 has been postponed yet again.

  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters building is seen in Washington, DC.

    Stanley Fischer's candidacy for managing director of the International Monetary Fund was dismissed on grounds of age Monday, as the 67 year old is two years above the threshold of 65 demanded for the job.

  • Goldman Sachs

    Goldman Sachs gave a paid internship to a top Libyan official’s relative while the bank was carrying out lossmaking trades on behalf of the country’s sovereign wealth fund, the Financial Times has learnt.

  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters building is seen in Washington, DC.

    In the race to become head of the International Monetary Fund, nationality is one of many factors that can help or hinder individuals, but few candidacies have the potential to be as charged as that of the Bank of Israel chief, Stanley Fischer.

  • Istanbul's Arasta Bazaar

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP won a comfortable majority in the Turkish elections, but the Prime Minister's desire to change the constitution could distract the new government from managing an overheating economy, analysts told CNBC.com.

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    As OPEC ministers met in Vienna this week it became clear that the cartel is now divided between those wanting to raise output, like Saudi Arabia, and those wanting to hold it and keep prices high.

  • Inside the EgyptStock Exchange just before its reopening.

    Investors may be wary of putting their money in the Middle East and the Arab peninsula given the political turmoil which has shaken the region in recent months, but it offers investment opportunities worth considering, one fund manager told CNBC.

  • CNBC Senior Energy Correspondent Sharon Epperson shared her notes from the NYMEX Tuesday on an interesting divergence between Brent crude and WTI, ahead of OPEC's Wednesday meeting.

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    With oil-producing countries in turmoil and crude gushing to triple digits, OPEC finds itself after 50 years at a critical crossroads.  The group produces 40% of the world’s oil, but unrest and revolution in member countries has compromised output.

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    Al-Qaeda's plans to recruit terrorists via a new English-language magazine have been disrupted by the British intelligence agency MI6, which replaced bomb-making instructions on the website with recipes for cupcakes, UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported on Friday.

  • Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

    Société Générale structured a $1 billion bet on its own shares for Libya's sovereign wealth fund after the Jérôme Kerviel fraud, the Financial Times reports.

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    Saudi Arabia needs an oil price that allows it to meet its long-term fiscal targets while not incentivizing investment in new sources of energy, according to HSBC researchers.

  • Formula 1 track, Bahrain

    The state of emergency in Bahrain, a business hub scrambling to salvage its business-friendly brand, has now been lifted.