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IKEA loses right to use its own name in Indonesia
Swedish furniture giant IKEA has lost the right to use its own brand name in Indonesia after a legal battle with a local company that claimed the trademark.
Why many Chinese migrant workers won’t return from the New Year holiday
The world's biggest annual migration is getting smaller.
Alphabet/Google overtakes Apple as world's most valuable company
Alphabet, the parent firm for Google, became the world's most valuable company Tuesday as a jump in its share price helped it vault past tech rival Apple.
Iranian oil won't flood the market as quickly as you might think
Now that crippling sanctions have been mostly lifted, oil is a key part of Iran's revival. But it won't be easy, or fast.
There’s only one country in the world as corrupt as North Korea
So says Transparency International, which ranks the hermit kingdom at the bottom of its list for the fifth year running.
China's economic nosedive is reverberating around the world
Chinese stocks fell to their lowest point in more than a year today. That's bad for a whole lot of people.
Introducing the gangster warlords of Latin America
In an excerpt from his new book, former GlobalPost correspondent Ioan Grillo finds his way to a Brazilian cocaine party.
Argentina, land of beef, might have to start importing steaks
'The government is very worried,' the vice president said.
Russia’s economy is tanking. But McDonald’s is still lovin’ it
The Golden Arches are opening up 60 new restaurants this year across Russia, even out in Siberia.
Democracy is broken all over Europe
Differences over Russia and refugees go to the core of the region's political dilemma.
Venezuela’s inflation is forecast to jump up to 1,000 percent this year
This is exacting a tragic toll, says the IMF's regional director.
The world's most obese nation should probably blame mutton flaps
The Pacific island of Tonga is the most obese country in the world. One of the main causes is a cheap, fatty kind of meat imported from New Zealand.
Plunging oil prices mean Venezuelan women are running out of birth control
Shortages of basic goods such as milk, rice, corn and diapers have been a problem for years in the South American country. Now sex and health are at risk.
Time to freak out: 4 reasons the global economy is screwed
A global recession is looking more and more likely. And it could be worse than 2008.
Made in Pakistan: Your next favorite mobile game
Pakistan has a thriving industry developing some of the world's most popular smartphone distractions.
US oil is so cheap right now it's going for less than nothing
If that sounds weird, it is.
Uber is working with Airbus on helicopter service
'If you can push a button and can get a ride, then why not push a button and get a helicopter,' says Uber's Travis Kalanick.
France commits $2 billion to tackle its 'economic emergency'
The eurozone's second-largest economy is hurting from high unemployment. President Hollande says he'll fix that, finally, without tax hikes.
There’s a huge reason US voters should care about Taiwan’s first female president
Tsai Ing-wen will preside over a simmering feud that, if ignited, would suck the United States into a very nasty conflict.
Walmart is closing 269 stores, including 115 in Latin America
US retailing giant Walmart announced Friday it is shuttering 269 stores inside and outside the United States, with Latin America the hardest-hit foreign market.
Why South American parents are hiding their kids from the sun
'Extreme' UV levels have doctors warning people to stay out of the sun for most of the day.
The lowest oil prices since 2003, explained
US crude oil fell below $27 a barrel on Wednesday. Here's what that means and why it matters.
5 countries spew more plastic into the oceans than the rest of the world together
And they're all in Asia.
We can’t blame El Niño for all the world’s weather problems
Bad decisions are also making South America more vulnerable to the extreme weather phenomenon.
Gunman fires on student protesters at South America's oldest college
And there's an explosive allegation that the gunman was paid by the head of school.
Two years later, Uruguay still has no legal marijuana for sale
The pot revolution that never happened.
China isn't the only threat facing the global economy in 2016
If another financial crisis were to erupt this year, China would be just one of the triggers.
Iran will protest Saudi 'bombing' of its Yemen embassy to UN Security Council
Iran accused Saudi warplanes of deliberately bombing its embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.
Sometimes a day at work goes so wrong, it only lasts 14 minutes
That's the length of time active trading was open on China’s stock markets Thursday — making Jan. 7, 2016 its shortest trading day ever.
Macau has gone from the world's fastest-growing economy to its biggest loser
Luck has turned for Macau, China's gambling mecca.
Apple will pay Italy $348 million to settle tax fraud probe
Apple has agreed to pay Italy $348 million to settle a tax dispute after the US tech giant was investigated for suspected fraud, the country's tax agency.