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World's Richest People Meet, Muse On How To Spread The Wealth

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Attendees at an inclusive capitalism conference in London control $30 trillion in assets. But it's unclear what, if any, financial commitments will come from the conclave on income inequality.

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The Global Economy: A World Of Acronyms

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Perhaps you're well aware of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). But now there's MINT, CIVET and more. The emerging markets keep changing — and so do the letters.

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How Loud Is Too Loud? A High-Decibel Debate On Expanding Heathrow

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Schoolkids under the flight path of London's main airport now play in noise-reducing huts because it's so loud. Yet the airport wants a third runway so it can accommodate more flights.

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How Rwanda's Only Ice Cream Shop Challenges Cultural Taboos

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rwanda is a hot country, and people love dairy products. But the culture discourages public displays of need, including hunger. The women running the lone ice cream shop are trying to change that.

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So You Think You're Smarter Than A CIA Agent

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

When 3,000 average citizens were asked to forecast global events, some consistently made predictions that turned out to be more accurate than those made with classified intelligence.

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Made In China — But Was It Made In A Prison?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Prisoners in China's re-education-through-labor camps make everything from electronics to shoes, which find their way into U.S. homes. U.S. efforts to stop their export have met with limited success.

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Short On Dollars, Venezuela Tries To Halt Black-Market Trading

Monday, March 24, 2014

Venezuela placed controls on its currency as it rapidly lost its value. But that only made matters worse. Now it is rolling out a new system in hopes of stabilizing its weak currency.

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Can Europe Wean Itself Off Russian Gas?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Europe has been trying to reduce its energy dependence on Russia for years. The crisis in Crimea has given the effort a greater sense of urgency.

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Awash In Cash, Drug Cartels Rely On Big Banks To Launder Profits

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Drug lords face a recurring problem: what to do with all that cash? Time and again, they have managed to launder their fortunes through some of the world's leading banks.

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Morning Edition

Hitching A Ride On The World's Biggest Cargo Ship

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Launched in August, the Maersk McKinney Moller is the first of a new class of megaships. It's 20 stories high and a quarter-mile long. NPR's Jackie Northam hopped on board in Poland.

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Norway Takes The Lead In Electric Cars (With Generous Subsidies)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Next month Norway is expected to become the first country where 1 percent of the cars are electric. Most Norwegians are supportive, but it's taken large financial incentives to reach this level.

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Seeking Energy Independence, Europe Faces Heated Fracking Debate

Friday, March 07, 2014

To stay competitive, Europeans need cheaper natural gas but they also need to be less dependent upon Russia. They're looking at fracking as a solution, but opponents have environmental concerns.

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Sanctions On Russia: Why The Europeans May Say Nyet

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The U.S. has threatened sanctions following Russia's actions in Crimea, but European countries have been more circumspect. Part of the reason: Europe's dependence on Russian money and energy.

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Ukraine: From Breadbasket To Basket Case

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The international community is expected to pump billions into Ukraine in hopes of stabilizing a country with a record of economic instability and widespread corruption.

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How Most Anyone Can Find Photos Of Secret Government Sites

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Just by searching online, researchers found the buildings where the North Korean military is believed to be building launchers for ballistic missiles. Google Earth and cheap satellite images make this kind of intelligence gathering possible for most anyone with an Internet connection.

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Turning A Million Cubic Yards Of Post-Typhoon Trash Into Jobs

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Some call Tim Walsh the disaster garbage man, but he prefers waste management specialist. After major natural disasters, the Briton comes to clean up and put people to work. Amid destruction he's seen from Indonesia to the Philippines, he's learned that there's opportunity, and hope, even in a dump.

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Do You Know Who Owns Your Favorite Liquor?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Many spirits are tied to a particular place, but liquor companies have gone global and a small number of firms now dominate the market internationally.

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Expected Flow Of Bulgarians, Romanians Raises Hackles In Europe

Thursday, January 02, 2014

On Jan. 1, workers from the two countries became free to move across the EU in search of jobs. But the prospect of new workers from two of the bloc's newest and poorest members has prompted fears of "poverty migrants" – especially in Britain and Germany.

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What It Costs To Cover Your Noggin In Jerusalem

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Jews, Muslims and tourists just trying to avoid sunburn all have their own distinct headwear in Jerusalem. NPR's Emily Harris takes us on a shopping tour in the Holy Land.

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Western Media In China: Adjusting To The 'Anaconda'

Monday, November 11, 2013

Staffers at Bloomberg News accused editors of spiking an investigative story to avoid the wrath of the Communist Party. But analysts say accusations of self-censorship go far beyond this one case. One American academic compares China's censorial authority to a "giant anaconda" — its mere presence enough to make people limit their behavior.

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