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Obama bids to win back Africa
It remains to be seen how far an American-style town hall meeting will get the US president.
US farmers plant most acres of corn since 1936
Corn prices have fallen on the news that US farmers have planted the most acres of corn since 1936.
Japan emerged unscathed from Global Financial Crisis thanks to bankers' poor English: Aso
Japan can thanks a poor grasp of English among the country's bankers were for weathering the 2008 global credit crisis virtually unscathed, according to Finance Minister Taro Aso.
Is 'state capitalism' killing emerging markets?
Ian Bremmer and Ruchir Sharma duke it out over how the emerging market 'miracle' went wrong.
Number of Americans seeking jobless benefits falls
The number of US workers seeking government unemployment benefits fell by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 346,000, a sign of modest economic growth.
EU reaches political deal on 2014-2020 budget
The European Commission and the European Parliament leadership reached a deal on the trillion-euro budget for the next seven years.
US first quarter economic growth weaker than expected
The first quarter growth in the US has been revised downward, with the GDP expanding at a tepid 1.8 percent annual rate.
Eastern Europe: corrupt states or true democracies?
A slew of bad news is clouding the EU’s progress in Eastern Europe.
China: Chip Starnes, American boss, held hostage by workers demanding pay
Medical supply company owner Chip Starnes says workers haven't let him leave his Beijing factory in four days.
Obama in Africa: the view from Senegal
Obama will likely emphasize Senegal’s reputation as a peaceful, democratic state in a region increasingly embroiled in battles with extremists.
Five More Years? Merkel’s Election Pledge Key for Europe
Chancellor Angela Merkel put her cards on the table on Monday.
Lobby money should not thwart US support for freedom in Azerbaijan
By spending money on extravagant conventions, all-paid trips and other lobbying activities, Baku hopes to buy itself a favorable opinion in DC.
Stock market tumble could be bad omen for Russia
Russia's stock market tanks to a 12-month low.
How hot money nearly sank China's economy
Beijing’s crackdown on shadow banking sunk global markets in late June. Here’s what you need to know.
What's really behind China's cash crunch
Spiking interbank lending rates and increasing lack of liquidity represent a drastic change in Chinese monetary policy.
World stock markets stabilize after reacting poorly to Federal Reserve's policies
Financial markets saw a ripple effect on Thursday, with stocks falling from Asia to Europe and the United States.
Business Leaders Send Strong Message to Putin
Business leaders want to see Russia reform and re-engage with the outer world
EU heads in the clouds
The failure to unify European skies lays the union's woes bare.
European Union, US 'intend to move forward fast' on transatlantic trade deal
The trade deal between the United States and the European Union was in the works on the sidelines of the G8 summit.
Australia's economy is a huge mess, but it's not doomed for a recession
Although Australia's mining boom has faded, there is cause for economic optimism according to investors.
Syria crowds tax evasion at the top of the G8 agenda
World leaders convening in Britain were set to target a global web of offshore havens and murky regulations.
Is Italy on a collision course with Europe?
Italy's coalition government presents new policies aimed to turn the economy around.
Google's Project Loon: Internet-enabling balloons to float connectivity into remote regions (VIDEO)
Google now making jellyfish-like floating balloons bursting with...the internet.
Inside Southeast Asia's dog meat trade
Insiders deploy drones and bribes in the struggle to staunch trafficking.
How a gold fetish is killing India's economy
India's obsession with gold is the finance minister's biggest headache.
Bangkok: the world’s most-touristed city?
Bangkok’s allure — a swirl of intoxicating cuisine, cheap shopping, glittering temples and raucous nightlife —is potent enough to overpower its drawbacks.
Day Against Child Labor highlights 10.5M children working as domestics
United Nations says children working in homes are hidden from view, protections.
China gives US nothing, but Germans get sweets
The California summit between US President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping was a missed opportunity for both countries.
South Koreans become world's top credit card users
South Korea has the most credit card transactions per capita of any country in the world.
Why is French wine at the forefront of an EU-China trade war?
BMW and Bordeaux about to become collateral damage in Brussels vs. Beijing battle over anti-dumping tariffs.
What Shibor's surge says about Chinese financial system
Chinese interbank rates surged ahead of the three-day Dragon Boat festival next week.