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Nepal has yet to spend billions of dollars pledged after the 2015 earthquakes
Nearly a year after the disaster, administrative and political wrangling have stalled the distribution of even basic aid.
China is producing the most billionaires in the world
The total wealth of the country's mega-rich matches the size of the Australian economy.
The US stands to lose billions if Europe fumbles the refugee crisis
Politicians talk about tightening EU borders. But economists see a huge downside.
Why a 6,000 percent price hike on gas won't matter for Venezuelans
The increase sounds mind-boggling, but in practice it may make little or no difference.
The global story behind Venezuela's 6,000 percent gas hike
Venezuelans will still pay next to nothing for gas, but the move highlights just how badly the country has been hit by a collapse in global oil prices.
Islamic State cuts salaries as coalition torches their cash
Hundreds of millions of dollars are believed to have been destroyed in coalition air strikes targeting cash hoards used to finance the terror group.
3 reasons the Russia-Saudi oil deal is probably doomed from the start
Major oil producing nations have agreed to freeze production to help raise prices. It's not enough.
Major oil producing nations say they'll freeze production to stop price collapse
Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Qatar have agreed to keep production at current levels to help stop the decline in global oil prices.
Germany’s coming for all those euros stuffed in your mattress
The 'cashless future' is closer than ever, but cash-loving Germans are not happy about it.
Saunas, aquariums and bar found at Mexico prison
Authorities found "luxury cells" with aquariums, portable saunas and even a bar at a Mexican prison where 49 inmates were killed in a brawl, officials said Sunday.
What it means when interest rates fall below zero percent
Around the world, central bankers are hoping sub-zero interest rates will spur economic growth. Not everyone is convinced.
Since China devalued its currency, it’s spent $400 billion trying to save it
It's not working.
Garlic is keeping this Syrian refugee family alive
That's because they peel it — a lot of it — to sell. 'It’s time consuming,' says Ghadir. 'We work in the winter and the summer.'
40,000 people are starving to death in South Sudan
New figures released in a UN report describe some of the worst conditions yet in more than two years of civil war.
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.