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New sanctions are driving Russians to drink
An expanded menu of punitive measures is already having some effect on Moscow.
Spanish disaffection mounts despite improving economy
Two months after protests in one poor neighborhood grabbed national attention, organizers say their movement symbolizes a growing split in society.
Kyiv needs money, fast
Even if Ukraine can avoid a war with Russia, its economy is in dire straits.
Exclusive: Uruguay may import marijuana from Canada
While it waits for weed to grow, the South American country could turn to Canadian pot producers to kickstart its newly legalized marijuana industry, top lawmakers — including the first lady — tell GlobalPost.
Why the world is worrying about this not-so-precious metal
Trading near historic lows, copper augers more trouble for emerging markets.
Banking on pain for Russia’s banks
Talk of Western sanctions has Russian oligarchs worried.
5 reasons why Tunisia should give us all hope
In the country that started it all, things are getting better.
In Saudi Arabia, Indonesian maids are on death row for sorcery
But after one maid’s decapitation, Indonesia has finally won some rights for these slave-like workers.
Things rich people do: paint every room in their house purple
These are the 8 options Obama has for the conflict in Ukraine
They run the gamut from bad to worse to really disastrous.
Ukraine's diaspora could be key to recovery
From Canada to Portugal, 20 million Ukrainians abroad look anxiously to their homeland.
This map shows how just 6 cities are responsible for a quarter of America's economy
If the US economy was divided into fourths on a map, this is what it would look like.
Marines take down drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman
Mexico's most wanted man went down without a shot fired.
18 reasons why Nordic countries are better than yours
If you're against transparency, gender equality and babies, then Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Iceland probably aren't for you.
Obama lunches in Mexico, business is served
NAFTA refreshments and the Trans-Pacific Partnership are on the menu when Obama meets Canada's Stephen Harper and Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto, while immigration and gang wars simmer.
Class becomes a factor in Scotland’s independence drive
As the gap narrows between the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ camps, whether or not the UK splits apart may come down to how much Scots earn.
Swiss roll up the welcome mat
In a country that depends on migrants, a referendum to restrict immigration reflects hardening European views on the issue.
Sochi's Olympic mountain 'paradise': Here's what oligarch money can buy you
A photo tour of the multibillion-dollar showcase resort area Russia hopes will last long after the Olympics.
5 things you need to know about the UK floods
No big deal or anything, but the country is partially underwater.
Netanyahu rejects Kerry's boycott warning
Kerry said the status quo could not be maintained if peace talks fail.
Here's a shocker: North Korea is going to be short on grain in 2014
The average North Korean consumes only half the amount of rice and corn he's supposed to in a day.
Forget BRICS. This year is all about SMMSTBLILTEZ
These are not your everyday top economic performers. But behind the garish GDP growth forecasts, the devil lurks in the details.
When friends visit in North Korea, they get offered meth instead of tea
It's that casual.
Wage against the machine: The Daily Show takes on inequality (VIDEO)
Humor, economics, and good old American douchebaggery.
Ukraine warns efforts to solve crisis peacefully 'futile'
Overnight, demonstrators hurled Molotov cocktails at police who responded with stun grenades and rubber bullets.
Can art save a dying city?
A depressed north England port pins its future on culture.
HSBC is paying $2 billion, or 5 weeks' worth of its profit, to avoid criminal charges in drug cartel laundering case
The Justice Department agreed to suspend criminal charges against the world's largest bank and its US subsidiary for five years if the bank agreed to pay the penalty.
‘Too big to fail’ banks are going back to the casino with your money
Analysis: Don't waste your time on the Davos forum, which kicks off this week. A bigger economic story already happened in another Swiss town, Basel, where the banks just won huge.
Income inequality has grown more in the US than in just about any other developed country
The wealth gap in the US is worse than in almost any other developed country. And it's only growing.
Thousands of Hong Kong domestic helpers rally for 'tortured' maid
Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 22, was reportedly left unable to walk following eight months of abuse in the southern Chinese city.
This year Congress is expected to get even less done than last year
From gun control to immigration reform, there's familiar gridlock on the horizon.