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  • Syria is 'keystone' in Middle East: Friedman Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 8:32 AM ET
    Syria is 'keystone' in Middle East: Friedman

    Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist, shares his thought on why Syria "exploded", and why an international peace force has to go in and take over the country, take down the "bad guys", and create a political transition that will allow citizenship to emerge.

  • Congress needs a 'Hail Mary' plan: Friedman Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 8:17 AM ET
    Congress needs a 'Hail Mary' plan: Friedman

    Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist, weighs in on the strength of the U.S. economy. I believe a huge stimulus would be if both parties got together and did some kind of grand bargain, Friedman says.

  • Are we seeing a 'frightened' China?: Friedman Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 8:09 AM ET
    Are we seeing a 'frightened' China?: Friedman

    Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist, takes a look at global risks and weighs in on China. China is always going to be the big enchilada, says Friedman.

  • Shale oil: The least of Saudi Arabia’s troubles? Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 7:54 AM ET
    Shaybah oil site in Saudi Arabia

    The growth of shale oil production in the United States may not hit Saudi Arabia as quickly as previously thought.

  • Commodities Next Week: Dollar, taper push oil down Friday, 13 Dec 2013 | 4:00 PM ET
    Commodities Next Week: Dollar, taper push oil down

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and what to expect next week. A winter storm is headed east. Nat gas was up on the week. And a stronger dollar, along with concerns of a taper, drove oil prices down.

  • Commodities Next Week: Oil to hit $100 per barrel? Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 4:00 PM ET
    Commodities Next Week: Oil to hit $100 per barrel?

    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 next week.

  • Oil poised for 'perfect storm' as US shale production ramps up

    OPEC oil ministers are widely expected to hold oil output to nearly 30 million barrels daily after Iran announced it will increase its oil output, reports CNBC's Steve Sedgwick.

  • Saudi 'welcomes' shale oil: Oil minister Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 5:08 AM ET
    Saudi 'welcomes' shale oil: Oil minister

    Ali Al Naimi, Saudi Arabian oil minister, tells CNBC that shale oil is a "welcome addition" to the world's energy reserve.

  • Sympathetic with Saudi Arabia & Iran: Kerrey Monday, 2 Dec 2013 | 7:03 AM ET
    Sympathetic with Saudi Arabia & Iran: Kerrey

    Iran says it wants stronger cooperation with Saudi Arabia. "This is a modest loosening of the sanctions," explains Former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey (D).

  • Commodities Next Week: Oil down 3rd straight month Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | 2:00 PM ET
    Commodities Next Week: Oil down for 3rd straight month

    CNBC's Bertha Coombs discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Crude was down for the third straight month due to overproduction and soft demand.

  • Arab Spring 2.0: Instagram sparks women start-ups Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    Change is in the air: demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square

    Thanks to social media women all over the Middle East are finding ways to help one another start businesses. It's a movement that is about more than economics.

  • Prince Alwaleed: NSA spying was extraordinary and unneeded

    CNBC's Maria Bartiromo and billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Kingdom Holding Company chairman, discuss Iran's nuclear program and Egypt. Prince Alwaleed also weighs in on if the NSA spying controversy hurt America's reputation internationally.

  • US' time as world's oil powerhouse to be short Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 8:00 AM ET
    A gas flare is seen at an oil well near Williston, North Dakota.

    A report from the International Energy Agency also said that events outside the U.S. will continue to affect pricing.

  • Commodities Next Week Friday, 15 Nov 2013 | 4:00 PM ET
    Commodities Next Week

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks ahead to where oil and precious metals are likely headed next week.

  • Saudi Arabia & Iran most impact oil prices: Pro Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 | 2:16 PM ET
    Saudi Arabia & Iran most impact oil prices: Pro

    Burdin Hickok of Tigress Financial discusses sanctions and the greatest threats to Middle East oil.

  • Do Saudis have a new best friend? Don't bet on it Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 4:48 PM ET
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) shakes hands with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal at the end of a joint press conference last week in Riyadh.

    Saudi Arabia is upset with the U.S. over Iran, but any move by that country is unlikely to broadly affect global energy markets.

  • More foreign students from China coming to the US Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 3:03 PM ET
    New York University (NYU) holds its 180th commencement ceremony in Yankee Stadium.

    More than 800,000 came to the U.S. for higher education in 2012, a record high fueled largely by an influx of Chinese students, U.S. data showed.

  • As Saudi women campaign to drive, economists see upside Thursday, 24 Oct 2013 | 7:20 AM ET
    Heavy traffic in downtown Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    Saudi women are planning to get behind the wheel on Saturday, defying a stern warning by the Kingdom's ministry of interior and pressing for change in the world's last male-only driving nation.

  • Saudi Arabia has walked away from US: Batchelor Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 | 7:46 PM ET
    Saudi Arabia has walked away from US: Batchelor

    New reports suggest the U.S. decision not to intervene in Syria, coupled with our relationship with Iran has infuriated Saudi Arabia. Michael Rubin, American Enterprise Institute, and radio show host John Batchelor, discuss whether President Obama understands the situation clearly.

  • US-Saudi relationship may cool but oil market calm Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 | 4:40 PM ET
    Traders in the crude oil options pit at the New York Mercantile Exchange.

    Signs of friction have caught the attention of the oil market, but traders aren't concerned about supply issues for now.