The threat came in response to new US sanctions on Venezuela's state oil company, which currently provides about 10 percent of American oil imports.
Reports that Hugo Chávez has ordered more than $15 billion in weapons, along with recently hosting leaders from Hamas and Hezbollah, doesn't put worried minds at ease.
Beginning April 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will demand that oil and mining companies reveal all payments made to foreign governments. Top companies want exemptions in West Africa.
Tehran's artist community's strength is dwindling, both because of an exodus to Europe, where there are more opportunities, and because of the repressive nature of the Islamic Republic.
Those who said that "winds of change" were blowing through the Middle East were right. The past two months have seen a series of stunning political shifts that began with Tunisians' ousting of their former president in mid-January. Tunis and Cairo's cries, first of first anger and then of jubilation, have been beamed into living rooms across the region and are now reverberating along the North African coast, through the Gulf, and up into the Levant. Here is a look at where those "winds of change" are taking us. (Editor's note: This is an updated version of a story that originally ran on Feb. 2 and will be continually updated.)
After a day of massive protests in Iran, Secretary of State Clinton affirmed US support for the antigovernment demonstrators while Iranian lawmakers called for opposition leaders' execution.
Iran's espionage trial of US hikers, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, comes ahead of the Feb. 11 anniversary of Iran's 1979 revolution and as tensions are rising over Iran's nuclear program.