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Business Middle East

  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could chair the June meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, giving the Iranian president a platform and an opportunity for the country to force a way out of its growing isolation.

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    The role of financial investors in commodity markets is overestimated, veteran oil trader and CEO of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange Tom Leaver told CNBC.com.

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    After putting the kibosh on travel spending during much of the economic recession, Corporate America is back out on the road, but look for the best growth rates in emerging-market regions.

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    High energy prices, expensive air fares, natural disasters, security concerns, high unemployment and a weak dollar may all keep Americans at home. The question is whether it literally means their own home.

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    Saudi Arabia might be the next to join the ranks of MSCI, an influential index provider, which could see more international investors gain access to the Middle East's largest stock market.

  • Souk Waqif at dusk Doha, Qatar.

    The discussions surrounding a possible expansion of the Gulf Cooperation Council come at a strikingly turbulent time for the Arab World, and raise profound questions about unity in the region.

  • Osama bin Laden

    It will forever be known as the place where the United States finally caught up with Osama Bin Laden but the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad has been described as the country’s ‘Terrorism Central,’ according to the executive director of the Asia-Pacific Foundation.

  • Young Indian Muslims pose with placards during a protest rally against the ongoing political turmoil in Bahrain, Libya, and Yemen.

    The Reuters correspondent in Bahrain, Frederik Richter, has been asked to leave the country amid what critics say are steps to stifle free reporting in the kingdom

  • Commodities Tomorrow

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets, and looks ahead to where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • President Barack Obama makes a statement on his birth certificate at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 27, 2011.

    President Obama's standing with Americans has improved after U.S. commandos killed Osama bin Laden, but only slightly.

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    Egyptian stocks rebounded on Monday after deadly sectarian clashes in Cairo shook investors still uncertain about the recovery in the country’s security situation.

  • The hideout of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin

    There were 79 people on the assault team that killed Osama bin Laden, but in the end, the success of the mission turned on some two dozen men who landed inside the Qaeda leader’s compound, the New York Times reports.

  • Souk Waqif at dusk Doha, Qatar.

    Part of the bet of investing in frontier markets is that they will eventually mature into emerging markets. And that may happen for a couple later this summer, analysts told CNBC.

  • Barack Obama lays a wreath at the 9/11 Memorial

    Marking Osama bin Laden's death where the terrorist inflicted his greatest damage, President Barack Obama visited the Manhattan firehouse that sustained the heaviest losses on Sept. 11 and proclaimed that bin Laden's killing sent the message that "we will never forget."

  • The identities of all 80 members of the American commando team who thundered into Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden are the subject of intense speculation, but perhaps none more so than the only member with four legs.

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    In the aftermath of the killing of Osama bin Laden, I found myself agreeing with Charles Krauthammer that this was a global game-changer for American greatness. It was a gutsy and courageous decision by President Obama, brilliantly executed by the Navy SEALs and all the intelligence and support behind them.

  • Pakistan

    The reputation of the Pakistani army, the most powerful and privileged force in the country, has been severely undermined by the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden, raising profound questions about its credibility from people at home and abroad. The New York Times reports.

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    The uncertainty surrounding the stability of European nations in wider geopolitical concerns are the main challenges identified by business leaders in a report, which surveyed 1,000 professionals to determine the key factors affecting business sentiment.