Trends and decisions affecting your wallet.
Biden time in Asia
Commentary: China is the looming superpower, but with a tradition of taking the long view.
Turns out almost 70 percent of the world's nations are seriously corrupt
Transparency International's new Corruption Perceptions Index is out, and it doesn't look good. Here are the winners and losers.
What's the best airport to be stuck in?
Well that depends what you're into.
Dubai wins Expo 2020, first Middle Eastern nation to host event (VIDEO)
Dubai projects 277 jobs and $22.9 billion worth of revenue from hosting the event, which is organized around a theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.”
If you think US debt is bad, consider China
Provincial governments have been spending like mad, all on borrowed money.
New Zealand's government sides with Texas oil giant, Anadarko, bans protests around its oil rig
Earlier this year, multinational oil companies convinced lawmakers to restrict demonstrators who oppose oil drilling surrounding the island nation.
Why Israel and Saudi Arabia really hate the Iran deal
Analysis: Israeli and Saudi condemnation of the current first steps on the agreement with Iran goes beyond cynicism.
Jellin’ for Yellen
Analysis: In emerging markets, Bernanke’s replacement atop the Fed is seen as a reprieve — for now.
A boom in floating vacations is presenting a dilemma for coastal communities around the world.
The world's food supply depends on Morocco. Here's why
If hostilities renew between Morocco and Western Sahara rebels, production of a key mineral used in fertilizer would stall. Farmers on every continent could feel the pain.
Oil prices rise after Iran nuclear talks stall
Oil prices rose in Asian trade Monday after talks aimed at convincing Iran to halt its disputed nuclear programme ended without agreement.
America is losing its allure
Analysis: A disturbing new trend suggests foreign investors may be falling out of love with the US economy.
Meth seizures hit record high in Asia in 2012
The United Nations reports that seizures of crystal meth and methamphetamine pills hit a record high in 2012.
Attention shifts from Gaza, but silence won’t make this disaster disappear
Commentary: As aid is diverted to Syria, Gaza is known for little more than terrorists and tunnels.
5 things Rouhani can do to show Iran is serious about rapprochement
Commentary: Despite a show of courtesy, President Hassan Rouhani gives no sign of moderating Iran’s ideology.
Improving nature’s 'living infrastructure' can limit the impact of big storms
Commentary: The increasing threat of catastrophic storms coincides with an era of global austerity. But investment in coastal ecosystems will reduce risks.
Food shortage in Zimbabwe: 'We have a crisis here'
Drought and a surge in supply costs have rural Zimbabweans competing for food.
US prosperity ranked below Canada's and Australia's: Legatum Institute
But the think-tank's annual prosperity index indicates the situation may improve.
Narendra Modi could be India’s next prime minister. So why won’t he talk to his wife?
GlobalPost exclusive: Wildly popular with both foreign executives and Hindu conservatives, BJP candidate Narendra Modi hasn’t spoken to his wife in more than 45 years. Yet she remains devoted to him.
A tiny Ethiopian village creates the greatest place on Earth. Or the worst
While rethinking norms has brought Awra Amba both accolades and success, it has also attracted a fair share of trouble.
Irish pubs face last call
They may be hugely popular around the world, but economic crisis and a new attitude toward drunk driving are helping end a way of life at home.
Spain exits recession, job losses ease: central bank
After nine straight quarters of contraction in the second trough of a double-dip recession, Spain's economy grew by 0.1 percent.
Jury's out on Libya? At least it's not Syria
Analysis: Benghazi bickering is a distraction from real progress to be made with Tripoli.
Economists are horrible, horrible people. So says science
Why does the invisible hand want to slap you across the face?
Fur product prices rise on growing demand in China
China's demand for all things fur has pushed up their prices by up to 15 percent in markets around the world.
Jellyfish rule the world
Scientists warn that jellyfish are taking over the world's oceans. Meet your new overlords.
Credit rating blues
What is a sovereign credit rating and does it really matter?
Support for oil-rich Azerbaijan is critical to Western interests
Commentary: In spite of a tainted election, efforts to establish democracy must continue.
The shutdown is over (for now). What did it cost the economy?
You're not going to like this, America (and the rest of the world).
Why India and Pakistan must be united on health care
Commentary: Not surprisingly, India and Pakistan have nuclear bombs but few vaccines for insect-borne tropical diseases.
Innovation or nightmare? Here come the cyborg-bugs
Grab a cockroach, slap some fancy electronics on it, and send it on its way. What could go wrong?