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The US is sneezing like crazy. Will the world catch a cold?
Analysis: John Kerry says the government shutdown is 'an example of the robustness of our democracy.' The world may not be buying it.
US shutdown: Is it worth impeaching the president to avoid default?
Commentary: Obama could soon face a choice among conflicting constitutional obligations.
Reactions to Yellen's expected nomination for Fed chair
If confirmed, Yellen would replace Ben Bernanke, whose current term as head of the Fed ends in January. Obama is due to make the announcement at the White House at 3 p.m.
Twenty-eight’s a crowd
The EU is extending its hand to Ukraine and Moldova, but no one’s talking about membership.
Teenage rebellion, on a Brazilian budget
Out of work. Out of school. Plenty to be unhappy about. Here's why Brazil's streets will likely be seeing more of the country's protesting youths.
Russia’s Arctic face-off
Playing hardball with Greenpeace is Moscow’s latest demonstration it’s serious about its claim to the Arctic Ocean.
Eurozone recovery speeds up, activity at 27-month high
Eurozone business activity continued to pick up in September hitting a 27-month high that offered a fresh hope of recovery gathering pace.
Government shutdown: ‘Utter insanity’
Analysis: Not only are the inmates running the asylum, they may be getting ready to blow it up.
Iran: Have sanctions finally paid off?
Analysis: After decades of cat-and-mouse economic punishment of Iran, the latest round may have hit home.
8 places that do health care better than the US
It's the last day to sign up for Obamacare. Or you could just move to ...
North Korea’s impending collapse: 3 grim scenarios
A RAND report urges the West to plan carefully for Kim Jong Un's downfall. Here's why.
Migrants flee Greek xenophobia
Inhuman detention conditions and racist violence are prompting refugees and others seeking to enter Western Europe to stream through the Balkans instead.
Georgians prepare for election amid worries about what will follow
As a bitter rivalry between the country’s leaders fades, a mysterious equity fund is raising questions about the future.
Asia is set to dethrone North America as the world's richest region by 2014
Asia now counts more millionaires than any other region except North America, and it's gaining fast.
People waiting in lines for things (PHOTOS)
Lots of people are waiting in lines for iPhones today. Here are some other reasons to wait in lines.
Brazil-US: What's at stake?
Analysis: From Boeing fighter jets to big oil fields, plenty's left sitting on the table after Brazil and the United States called off their White House dinner.
A Rust Belt victim transforms himself into a successful China hand
Stranded by America’s industrial decline, an Ohio native builds a new life helping US companies navigate China.
The serial tech entrepreneur
A Boston native helps fuel a Beijing startup frenzy.
Seeking a fortune in China? Here’s how to parse triumph from debacle
Chinese capitalism is cutthroat like America’s, but it follows an entirely different rulebook. A China hand explains tactics and traps.
Why big American businesses fail in China
Some of America’s strongest corporations have ventured into the People’s Republic, only to stagger out battered a few years later. Here’s why.
Thailand’s cure for meth addiction? A leafy jungle stimulant
Seen as an emerging threat in the US, 'Kratom' could wean addicts off meth, Thailand’s justice minister argues.
GlobalPost visits Tlaxcala, a Mexican state that includes three of the 80 communities the government is targeting with its anti-hunger campaign.
Eurogroup head says banking agency won't be delayed
Work will pick up after Germany's elections to set up a European agency that can order the restructuring or closure of any euro zone bank.
China's New Great Game
With big deals and money, Xi Jinping expands China’s sphere of influence into Central Asia.
German support for small business has kept its economy thriving as the rest of Europe languishes in recession
Although Germany is best known for giants such as BMW, Siemens and BASF, its smaller firms — many of them often family run — are the economy's driving force.
ATMs that allow you to exchange cash for Bitcoins coming to Canada this fall
5 Bitcoin kiosks, similar to ATMs, are coming to Canada, with the first machine expected to land in Vancouver in early October.
US-Brazil: Why can't we be friends?
Brazil's president may call off her visit to Washington after allegations the US government spied on her and Brazil's state oil company. Here's a look at a history of rocky bilateral relations.
Syria’s other key ally: North Korea
While Russia and Iran have overtly backed the Assad regime, North Korea is allegedly providing quiet support — possibly including its chemical weapons expertise.
Tony Abbott is Australia's new PM. Here's how he did it.
Analysis: Australians embrace Tony Abbott's vision of housewives, closed borders and economic fixes.
The G20 Syria summit: On red lines and one epic death stare
Analysis: With the Syria conflict heavy on leaders' minds, Russia's G20 economy powwow looks more like a UN affair.
If you think JPMorgan in China is bad …
Washington flogs America’s megabank for abiding by China’s golden rule: cultivate guanxi.