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Business Middle East

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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.

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

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    Goldman Sachs did not really negotiate with Libya’s sovereign investment fund to sell it an equity stake in the firm, according to a person familiar with the transactions.

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    Saudi Arabia's labor market is in sharp focus today following a report of a new policy that could serve as an expat time-bar in the kingdom.

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    The pledge that emerged from the G8 summit in Deauville sees international development banks supplying $20 billion in aid to Tunisia and Egypt for 2011-2013. That is in addition to bilateral support.

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    Some of football’s biggest sponsors are raising the alarm over infighting at Fifa even as Sepp Blatter, its president, dismissed the bribery storm engulfing the sport’s governing body as a few “difficulties” rather than a crisis, reports the FT.

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    T. Boone Pickens sees companies exporting natural gas and importing oil from OPEC, saying, "We’re gonna go down as the dumbest crowd in history that’s ever come to town."

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    It feels strange to be on a flight back to Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, to cover what’s been dubbed Egypt’s Second Revolution. The last one, which brought down the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak, was just over three months ago.

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    Many analysts in the region are bullish on Saudi Arabia, compared to other markets in the Middle East, and recent data support that view.

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    President Obama meets his peers, Tiffany reports earnings after the earthquake and Google jumps into the mobile payment game. Here's what we're watching...

  • The anti-corruption group Global Witness says it has obtained a document that details for the first time the involvement of Western banks—including some in the U.S.—in financing the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddhafi.

  • Commodities Tomorrow

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

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    The lack of world peace affects the economy by trapping productivity and removing vital resources, according to an international research institute which also put the cost of global violence at $8.1 trillion last year.

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    The most prominent Israeli-American business leader in the United States, Haim Saban, says President Obama needs to do more to show his support of Israel, in light of the President’s comments last week suggesting Israel needs to return to its pre-1967 borders to achieve peace with the Palestinians.

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    It has almost been two years since US President Barack Obama took the stage at Cairo University, reaching out to a mesmerized audience and seeking "a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world".

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    The European Union has extended a blacklist of individuals and companies with links to Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs as it looks to clamp down on investment and technology transfer into the country.

  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said Citigroup is "definitely on the right track" and praised Chief Executive Vikram Pandit for "rehabilitating that bank and having it go back to where it should have been a long time ago."

  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed & the Markets

    Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal al Saud and CNBC's Maria Bartiromo in a wide-ranging interview that includes Pandit's paycheck at Citibank, changes in the Middle East, and the world economy.

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    It’s going to be a sizzling summer for the Middle East. You stand a lot to gain, or say a lot less to lose, if you’ve done the prep work.

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    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.