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Think it’s just Putin who runs Russia? Guess again
He gets by with a little help from his friends.
No, Putin doesn’t know how to fix Russia’s economy
But don’t worry, he says, things will get better. Seeking to calm fears, the president blames the West for his country’s crisis.
The ruble just crashed, but some Russians are kind of OK with it
For now, at least. Here's why.
Is Europe cursed by hard times?
EU leaders are struggling to find an escape route from ongoing economic stagnation.
Greece's political uncertainty is rocking its stock market
Greece is creeping gingerly out of a debilitating recession that lasted six years and which left about a fifth of the population unemployed.
A year after Mandela's death, South Africans are literally in the dark
They also haven't gotten their mail for 4 months. But those are symptoms of bigger problems.
The world's largest-ever generation sees burden and opportunity
A new report by the United Nations says that up to 60 percent of young people in developing regions are not working or in school. And how well countries accommodate their youth wil
Vladimir Putin’s worst nightmare may be happening right now
Is Russia’s tanking economy making its leader vulnerable?
Switzerland considers a gold rush
A referendum requiring the central bank to hoard gold may spell more trouble for the euro zone.
A tale of two towns illustrates Spaniards’ struggle to survive
With many in Spain still struggling with economic crisis, some officials are seeking to attract foreigners and their money. But in trying to stay alive, do settlements risk selling their souls?
The head of world's biggest economic bloc faces calls to resign
Just days into his tenure as president of the European Commission, document leaks put Jean-Claude Juncker in the hot seat.
After 50 days, rifts emerge among Hong Kong’s protesters
The Mong Kok camp braces for court-ordered destruction, exposing the movement’s angry, working-class underbelly.
Get ready for city living, whether you like it or not
Q&A: When you ask a leading architect to predict the future, this is what it looks like.
Are Germans really obsessed with austerity?
As Europe braces for another possible recession, Germany is coming under pressure to allow more spending. A lot of Germans believe that won’t help.
Brazilian presidential vote begins with Rousseff as narrow favorite
Polls gave Rousseff between a 4- and 6-percent lead over her rival, though the election remained too close to call.
If this generation continues to stumble, the economy will fall
Analysis: Millennials will not be the only ones suffering the consequences if we let youth unemployment rates soar unabated.
International collaboration emerges as key to youth unemployment crisis
Will it be enough to put hundreds of millions of young people to work?
China pivots to Europe
Beijing is snapping up investment bargains in struggling European economies. Is that threatening their future security?
Europe is getting dangerously close to euro crisis 2.0
Political uncertainty in Athens is triggering turmoil in the continent's nervy markets.
This celebrity scientist wants Germans to stop recycling. Here's why
Eco-warrior turned chemist Michael Braungart is trying to kickstart a new industrial revolution.
Mr. Putin goes to Belgrade
The Russian leader's visit this week is highlighting Serbia's east-west dilemma.
Britain’s Big Society is smaller than you may think
The UK’s Conservative leaders are overhauling the welfare system with austerity and promises of tax cuts. But as the economy is booming for the fortunate, the poor are getting poorer.
#IndyRef: ‘Scotland will never, ever be the same’
Scotland finally has its chance to seize independence. Will it take it? Nobody here feckin knows.
France is a mess, and Europe is worried
If economic troubles overwhelm Hollande's government and buoy the far right, the whole euro zone could feel the impact.
Kremlin to Russians: No food? No problem
Officials in Moscow are trying hard to reassure their compatriots that life will go on after many Western food imports have been banned.
Guess who gets hurt with Russia's foreign food ban
Putin’s new restrictions on imported agricultural products may finally do what US sanctions haven't: make Russians mad.
Putin is much more cynical than you think
Column: But his ban on Western food may be a bigger risk than he thinks.
These maps show from where the US and the EU import all their fuel
The fuel trade fuels a lot more than just trade.
Putin doesn't look like he's about to give in
New US and EU sanctions may hurt Russia, but experts believe they probably won’t work.
EU edges toward new sanctions against Russia's economy
Interconnected economies give European countries strong weapons against Moscow — if they dare to use them.
Asia’s heroin now sold in lemon yellows and cotton-candy pinks
Why pastel-colored smack is being produced in the wilds of Myanmar.