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Has Vladimir Putin Just Overplayed His Hand?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Russia leader was riding high at home this year with the successful Winter Olympics and his annexation of Crimea. Now he's staring at a recession and has alienated Western nations that could help.

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Argentina's Approach To Inflation: Ditch The Peso, Hoard U.S. Dollars

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The country's inflation rate is running around 40 percent this year, according to private economists. As a hedge, Argentines are always looking for ways to get their hands on U.S. dollars.

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Oil Prices Go Down, Russia's Gold Buying Goes Up

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Russia, China and other emerging market countries have been buying up large quantities of gold, something governments and individuals have done for centuries during uncertain economic times.

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All Things Considered

Argentina: Where Cash Is King And Robberies Are On The Rise

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

With spiraling inflation and a distrust in banks after the country's 2001 default, Argentines are keeping more cash on hand. And that means robbery rates are spiraling, too.

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U.S. Tech Firms See Green As They Set Up Shop In Low-Tax Ireland

Monday, December 08, 2014

Google, Apple and other industry leaders have global headquarters in Ireland. But the U.S. Congress and others aren't happy, and the Irish are reconsidering some of these business-friendly tax laws.

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For World's Oil Exporters, Falling Prices Have A Domino Effect

Friday, December 05, 2014

Falling oil prices have been good news for the U.S. But they're causing multiple problems for some exporters. Government budgets are strained. Economies are struggling. Currencies are crashing.

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A Syrian Entrepreneur Looks To Build The Amazon Of The Arab World

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Souq.com, created by U.S.-educated Ronaldo Mouchawar, has a strong presence in the Middle East. Since the boom in cell phones in the region, "you can feel the crescendo" in its tech sector, he says.

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Is 'Womenomics' The Answer To Japan's Economic Woes?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The government has set up a female lumberjacks program, part of a wider effort to fuel growth after long-term stagnation. But critics say it does little to tackle fundamental problems.

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All Things Considered

Legal Pot In The U.S. May Be Undercutting Mexican Marijuana

Monday, December 01, 2014

As more U.S. states approve marijuana for medical or recreational use, the price for pot growers in Mexico is falling. This could change the business model for narcotraffickers as well.

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A Warning For Latin America's Faltering Economies: 'Innovate Or Die'

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Latin economies thrived when prices for raw commodities soared. But with those prices down sharply, the region is hurting owing to a lack of high-tech and other cutting-edge industries.

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China's Corruption Crackdown Pummels Macau Casinos

Friday, November 07, 2014

The Chinese island is renowned as a gambling capital and a place to launder cash. An anti-graft campaign has driven away high rollers and others dependent on its shady financial services.

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Why Deflation Is Such A Big Worry For Europe

Friday, October 31, 2014

Some of the weakest countries, such as Spain and Italy, are experiencing a broad drop in incomes and asset values. Deflation is a painful process that can be hard to reverse once it starts.

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Why Does Saudi Arabia Seem So Comfortable With Falling Oil Prices?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Normally, the "central banker of oil" would slow production to push up prices. Not so now. Some say it's a geopolitical tactic aimed at Russia and Iran; others say it's just protecting market share.

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Israel's Solar-Powered 'Trees': For Smartphones And Community

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The man-made trees are designed to create a public space where people can gather and re-charge a battery — their own and their smartphone's.

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Iranian Entrepreneurs Make Pitches That Are Just Practice, For Now

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Young Iranians are brimming with ideas for tech startups. But extensive financial sanctions facing their country prevent them from entering the global marketplace.

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All Things Considered

Israeli Homes, Decorated With A Shopping Spree In China

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Some Israelis are flying to China to buy most everything they need to furnish a home. They say it's cheaper than buying in Israel, though there are also cautionary tales of shopping trips gone wrong.

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As Oil Prices Fall, Who Wins And Who Loses?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Prices are down 25 percent since June, unleashing ripples around the globe that range from lower gas prices in the U.S. to budget problems in Russia to political pressures in the Middle East.

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The Sporkful

Rachel Maddow, Radiolab's Robert Krulwich and Slate's Julia Turner: Eat More Better Book Release Spectacular!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

We celebrate the release of Dan's new book, Eat More Better, by talking to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow about cocktail philosophy and Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich about sandwich science.

Gambling in Macau: A Reversal of Fortune ... And Values

Saturday, October 04, 2014

From a quiet backwater, the former Portuguese colony of Macau has developed a sparkling skyline and 35 casinos with revenue six times that of Las Vegas — and more on the way.

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Tiny Spanish Island Nears Its Goal: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Sunday, September 28, 2014

El Hierro, the most remote of Spain's Canary Islands, used to import thousands of tons of diesel each year. Now a new power plant will let the island run entirely on renewable energy.

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