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  • *Brent down over $1/ bbl; hits intraday low $44.24. US crude down over $1/ bbl; hits intraday low $39.00. Brent oil was trading down $1.09 a barrel at $44.37 as of 0506 GMT, after hitting an intraday low of $44.24, its lowest since March 2009.

  • China's economic slowdown, recessions and weak economies in Latin American countries such as Brazil and Chile and a breakdown in commodity prices are prompting traders to overlook improving U.S. economic data, said Alan Gayle, portfolio manager at RidgeWorth Investments. "There's a great deal of nervousness around the weakness in China, and that's...

  • 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...

  • China's economic slowdown, recessions and weak economies in Latin American countries such as Brazil and Chile and a breakdown in commodity prices are prompting traders to overlook improving U.S. economic data, said Alan Gayle, portfolio manager at RidgeWorth Investments. "There's a great deal of nervousness around the weakness in China, and that's...

  • 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...

  • CAIRO— Egypt's stock market fell to its lowest level in almost two years on Sunday, as global markets sag and investors sober up from a buying binge surrounding a much-hyped economic conference last spring, analysts said. "It's a global sell-off; there's lack of foreign investments, given the macro-economic headwinds," said Amr Elalfy, global head of research at...

  • 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...

  • DUBAI, Aug 23- Iran's Oil Minister, Bijan Zanganeh, said on Sunday that holding an emergency OPEC meeting may be "effective" in stabilizing the oil price, Iran's oil ministry news agency Shana reported. Algeria said earlier this month that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries could hold an emergency meeting to discuss the drop in oil prices but other...

  • CAIRO, Aug 23- A state oil firm loyal to Libya's official government based in the east of the country has invited foreign oil firms to discuss existing oil purchase contracts at a conference in Dubai next month, it said in a statement. The move is a fresh attempt by Libya's internationally recognised government to control state oil firm NOC, which is at the centre of...

  • DUBAI, Aug 23- Iran's Oil Minister, Bijan Zanganeh, said on Sunday that holding an OPEC emergency meeting may be "effective" to stop the oil price slump, Iran's oil ministry news agency Shana reported. "Iran endorses an emergency OPEC meeting and would not disagree with it," he told reporters in Tehran, according to Shana. While OPEC rules say a simple majority of the 12...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Stock markets in Saudi Arabia and Dubai closed around 7 percent lower on Sunday on the back of a further slide in oil prices. Dubai's main index closed 6.96 percent lower on its opening day of trading for the week. Sunday was the first day of trading in the Middle East after Brent crude, a benchmark for international oil, fell more than a...

  • TEHRAN, Aug 23- "Death to England" is scrawled in oddly tidy Farsi above a photograph of Queen Elizabeth on the wall of the 19th Century embassy in Tehran, testimony to the perception here that Britain is a perfidious intriguer in Iranian affairs. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond reopened the embassy in Tehran on Sunday, nearly four years since it was...

  • Mood sours among Saudi businessmen as oil slides Sunday, 23 Aug 2015 | 7:36 AM ET

    *Economy still growing, state has big fiscal reserves. RIYADH/ KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Aug 23- Saudi Arabian entrepreneur Essam al-Zamel has overcome many obstacles to found a string of technology companies in the past decade, but he thinks sliding oil prices will be hard to handle. "A black economic cloud is covering the skies of Saudi Arabia," Zamel tweeted last week,...

  • *'Old Fox' Britain reopens embassy to Iran. *Iran to reopen embassy in London- Hammond. TEHRAN, Aug 23- Britain reopened its embassy in Tehran on Sunday, a striking signal of how Western ties with Iran have thawed since protesters ransacked the ambassador's residence and burned the Union Jack nearly four years ago.

  • *'Old Fox' Britain reopens embassy to Iran. *Iran to reopen embassy in London- Hammond. TEHRAN, Aug 23- Britain reopened its embassy in Tehran on Sunday nearly four years after protesters ransacked the ambassador's residence and burned the Union Jack.

  • *'Old Fox' Britain to reopen embassy to Iran. *Iran to reopen embassy in London- Hammond. KUWAIT, Aug 23- In a signal of the most striking thaw in the Western ties with Iran for over a decade, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will reopen the British embassy in Tehran nearly four years since protesters ransacked the elegant ambassadorial residence and burned the Union...

  • BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY HAMMOND SAYS TO RE-OPEN EMBASSY IN TEHRAN ON SUNDAY, NEARLY FOUR YEARS AFTER PROTESTERS RANSACKED UK DIPLOMATIC COMPOUNDS IN TEHRAN.

  • Commodities next week: China data hits oil Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    Commodities next week: China data hits oil

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks ahead at where oil and precious metals are likely headed next week.

  • Bio Blast reports 2Q loss Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 8:06 AM ET

    TEL AVIV, Israel _ Bio Blast Pharma Ltd. on Friday reported a second-quarter loss of $3.7 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Tel Aviv, Israel- based company said it had a loss of 26 cents per share. Keywords: Bio Blast Pharma, Earnings Report.

  • TAKE A LOOK-China's rising oil trading might Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 9:24 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Aug 21- China is increasingly dominating Asian oil trading in the latest sign that its huge consumption is starting to show in markets and gives it the ability to influence prices. Leading Chinese oil traders have cornered the market on several occasions since October last year, as China's state-controlled Chinaoil and Unipec trade such high...