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Closing embassies is wise, even as it reveals US weakness
Commentary: Growing US unpopularity limits its influence in a chaotic region.
Broken BRIC: Why are foreigners fleeing India’s economy?
Analysis: India has recently lost more than $25 billion in foreign investment, despite government efforts to woo multinationals.
7 things you can do to donuts
You know about cronuts, but have you heard of sushi doughnuts?
Hassan Rouhani is now officially the president of Iran
Rouhani's term as Iranian president starts on Saturday, ending Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's eight years in office.
A new skunk at the BRICS picnic: Japan
Analysis: ‘Abenomics’ has Japanese corporate profits and GDP growth soaring as emerging markets sputter.
Despite Obama’s claims, the Korea-US free trade agreement has cost American jobs
Koreans aren’t very fond of the deal either.
UK: Go home? Come off it!
A campaign against illegal immigrants draws jeers and sneers.
UK: Tough talk on immigration masks a system in disarray
With a backlog of 500,000 cases, the border agency shows no signs of reform months after the government said it would be dissolved.
Google made the best phone that no one will buy
Being a great phone isn't enough to get into the mobile market these days.
Better, but not good enough: ECB to keep rates as low amid economic risks, Draghi says
European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi repeated on Thursday a pledge that euro zone interest rates would remain low or could even fall further amid risks for the euro area.
If Japan wants "Abenomics" to work, it should look at Nintendo
Japan should take notes from its gaming industry to benefit from "Abenomics."
Europe's economy set to recover this year
After sluggish growth, Europe is poised for a more robust come back.
Climate change prompts ‘mackerel wars’
Rising sea temperatures are pushing fish north — and prompting countries to fight over who has the right to catch them.
Is a big China currency move in the works?
China's recent string of economic reforms has analysts expecting greater currency liberalization soon.
Range Rover gets a royal PR boost in hospital cameo
If anyone has reason to celebrate the royal birth, it's the British automaker.
China: Bo Xilai charged with taking bribes, abuse of power, corruption
Bo Xilai, a former senior official in China's Communist Party, has been charged with corruption in one of the country's biggest political scandals.
Things rich people do: go to finishing school
Middle-aged Chinese women are now paying a small fortune to learn how to peel an orange.
Obama's economy speech focuses on securing the middle class American dream
President Obama gave a speech about the economy, focusing on boosting the middle class, bringing back manufacturing jobs, and improving education and infrastructure.
While underwhelming, growth returns to Europe
Europe's economic activity has picked up for the first time since January 2012.
Millions hungry despite world food surplus
Inefficiencies in world supply chains, waste, and over consumption leave hundreds of millions suffering from hunger despite a global food surplus.
How many traffic cops does it take to recognize Osama bin Laden?
Welcome to the bewildering intersection of Pakistani humor and official incompetence.
Japan: Exit poll shows Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc winning bigger mandate from voters
An exit poll suggests that Abe has won a majority in the Japanese parliament's upper house.
Abenomics likely to receive boost from Japanese elections next Monday
A financial analysts for Deutsche Bank predicts movement in yen after a victory for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and his coalition in the Japanese Legislature's Upper House.
US vs. China: Who do you like more?
US popularity in the world is waning as China's power grows.
An American law is stranding rich foreign executives on the lam, for life
The Watergate-era Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is exceptional for its global reach.
Opinion shifts: China will replace US with largest economy
An opinion poll shows that more people are sure China will surmount the US with world's top economy.
Greek PM caught swearing on camera during tax speech
Antonis Samaras dropped the F-bomb on TV Wednesday
Initial jobless claims near a five-year low
Claims have dropped to 334,000, the lowest level in four months and a possible good omen for hiring in July.
Things rich people do: build aquarium fences
In Turkey, a wealthy businessman has built an amazing fence for his luxury villa.
Funding gap threatens aid to Greece
Future funding for Greece's loan program may not be available, according to a report in the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
Greece grinds to a halt as major public sector layoffs loom
Greek workers went on strike in protest at thousands of planned public sector job cuts, just days before a high-profile visit to the country by Germany's finance minister.