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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.
Greece's unemployment rate linked to rise in stillborn births
Greece's poor economy, particularly high unemployment amongst women, has been linked to a marked increase in stillborn births.
Calling in sick? This country beats everyone
UK employees take more than four times as many days off work than their global colleagues.
World's largest building, New Century Global Centre, opens in China (VIDEO)
Large enough to house 20 Sydney Opera Houses, it's three times larger than the Pentagon and has its own sunlight.
Report from Wall Street veteran says China's opportunism is fading.
Byron Wien, a senior Wall Street strategist, has said China’s boundless growth is being replaced by new uncertainty.
World's largest building, New Century Global Center opens in China
Mammoth structure in southwest China large enough to hold 20 Sydney Opera Houses and edges Dubai Airport for the new record.
Japan’s ‘Abenomics’ — sugar high or national revival?
Japanese youth only know economic decline. Shinzo Abe’s radical stimulus program seeks to undo their skepticism.
Nigeria scores $1.1B in low-interest loans from China
Nigeria is the most populous African country, and its biggest oil producer, but struggles with crumbling, outdated infrastructure especially in its overcrowded big cities.
3 Reasons markets remain calm despite awful Chinese trade data
China's export and import numbers are terrible – so why aren't markets flipping out?
Egypt: Will the Gulf's billions buy the economy more time?
The money underscores how the removal of the Islamist administration of Mohamed Morsi was warmly welcomed in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.
The Central Bank of Egypt is now accepting donations
The "Support Egypt" fund will aim to support the nation's struggling economy.
Caspian Sea gas pipeline would advance US energy interests
Commentary: The planned route would also diversify Europe's energy security.
What's important in Asia this week
Concerns over Chinese monetary policy have led many regional central banks to consider new economic strategies.
US-EU trade talks open as spying furor boils
US-EU negotiations aiming to reduce tariff and especially non-tariff barriers between the two giant economies opened Monday.
Q&A: Two veteran entrepreneurs highlight what makes India’s startups unique.
Forget China, Obama's bold Africa agenda is about Africans
Commentary: Africa is worthy of US attention without the tedious detour through Chinese-US relations.