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Germany's New Economy Minister Takes Aim At Arms Exports

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The nation is the world's third-largest arms exporter, and many weapons go to countries with questionable human rights records. Sigmar Gabriel wants to change that — but not all Germans are on board.

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Like It Or Not, Scotland's Drama May Hit Your Wallet

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Some economists say this Thursday's vote on Scotland's independence could have wide-ranging economic impacts. They fear a breakaway from the U.K. could trigger another global financial upheaval.

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How The Islamic State Smuggles Oil To Fund Its Campaign

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

As Islamic State militants have marched across Syria and Iraq, oil smuggling has been a major part of their strategy. They have targeted oil fields and refineries and work with a range of middlemen.

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From A Chinese Apartment To Wall Street Darling: The Rise Of Alibaba

Monday, September 08, 2014

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's initial public stock offering in New York is expected to be one of the biggest ever. It's come a long way since a former English teacher founded it in 1999.

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With Home-Grown Technology, Israel Becomes Leading Arms Exporter

Friday, August 29, 2014

Israel's recurring wars with its Arab neighbors have resulted in a weapons industry that keeps coming up with new technologies, which can then be sold abroad.

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It's Not Whisky, But Everyone In Scotland Drinks It By The Bottle

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Irn Bru is a neon orange soda that inspires passion and may help explain the strong independent streak in Scotland as it prepares to vote Sept. 18 on whether to break away from the United Kingdom.

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Argentina Crisis Puts Focus On Role Of Distressed-Debt Funds

Friday, August 22, 2014

Argentina calls them vulture funds, but those hedge funds have a legal right to demand payment. Still, is that moral when a nation is the debtor and its citizens will suffer as a result?

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Hamas Conflict Could Have Lingering Impact On Israel's Economy

Monday, August 18, 2014

With a shaky cease-fire holding, Israel is starting to take stock of how much the monthlong war with Hamas will cost.

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France Presses On With Deal To Sell Two Warships To Russia

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Amid ongoing fighting in Ukraine and stepped-up U.S. and EU sanctions on Russia, the deal has met with little criticism in the shipbuilding town of St. Nazaire, where it has created 2,500 jobs.

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Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The taxi and hotel industries are pressuring Spain to crack down on popular "share economy" apps and websites. Airbnb was recently fined $40,000 for failing to list rentals with a local tourism board.

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After Two Disasters, Can Malaysia Airlines Still Attract Passengers?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Even before the double calamity of its two downed flights, Malaysia Airlines was trying to adapt to momentous shifts in Asia's aviation industry. Now, it faces either bankruptcy or privatization.

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Kurds May Have Oil To Export, But Buyers Are Harder To Find

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Iraq's Kurdish region sits on vast amounts of oil. The regional government says it has the right to export the oil. But Baghdad is blocking those sales, saying only it has the right to sell Iraqi oil.

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Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory

Saturday, July 12, 2014

FC Barcelona — home to two of soccer's superstars, Messi and Neymar — has been indicted on tax fraud, a sign that the culture of impunity among Europe's top soccer clubs may be coming to an end.

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Gas In Egypt Is 78 Percent More Expensive Now Than Last Week

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Egypt's government has slashed subsidies on fuel. While economists say the subsidy decrease is necessary to address the deficit, already-suffering middle class and poor Egyptians are furious.

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Against 'Islamic State' Militants, Treasury May Need To Try New Tools

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

In combating militants, one weapon is cutting off the groups' funding from charities or outside donors. But the "Islamic State" gets its money from other means and may be immune to U.S. techniques.

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In Shetland, Oil Shapes Debate Over Scottish Independence

Monday, June 30, 2014

Offshore oil and gas money is central to the debate over whether Scotland should break off from the U.K. — especially in the remote Shetland Islands, where North Sea oil has transformed the economy.

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Cuba's Mariel Port: Once An Escape, Now A Window To The Future

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In the 1980s and '90s, thousands of Cubans fleeing to the U.S. passed through Mariel port. Today, it's the site of an ambitious special economic zone that is filling many locals with optimism.

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Cuba's Budding Entrepreneurs Travel A Rocky Road Toward Success

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cuba's communist government has allowed the creation of small private businesses in recent years. An estimated 1 million Cubans have taken the plunge, making progress in fits and starts along the way.

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Western Countries Issue Warnings; Kenyan Tourism Gets Pummeled

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Kenya is heavily reliant on tourism, but advisories by the U.S., Britain and others have contributed to fewer visitors and job losses. Kenyans say the West is punishing them as much as the terrorists.

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Expanding The Panama Canal: The Problem Is Money, Not Mosquitoes

Saturday, May 31, 2014

A century after the canal opened, it's being expanded to accommodate some of the world's biggest cargo ships. But the project has been delayed by a $1.6 billion financial dispute.

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