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  • Close-up of a pen on stock price chart

    European stock index futures pointed to a stronger open for equities on Friday, after shares hit a near-one month high a day earlier, with focus likely to be on manufacturing data from both sides of the Atlantic for clues on the health of the economy.

  • Traders work in the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

    Stocks are a buy as the cash-rich corporate sector is set to be a net buyer of equities according to Andrew Garthwaite, a global equity strategist at Credit Suisse.

  • French President Nicholas Sarkozy

    A man in a crowd yanked French President Nicolas Sarkozy by the shoulder Thursday and nearly knocked him to the ground before being tackled by security officers and detained.

  • Cityscape at sunrise, Kabul, Afghanistan

    Herve Ghesquiere and Stephane Taponier, the two French journalists that had been held hostage in Afghanistan for 547 days, landed on French soil on Thursday morning. Sources talk about the unusual path taken by the ransom.

  • Nanjing street shopping district.

    All is not well in China and the interbank market in the country is sending baffling signals, according to First Global Chief Strategist Devina Mehra.

  • Same-sex wedding cake topper figurines

    Prejudice in society undermines the development of human capital and could set back the recovery of economies hit by the financial crisis, according to a new report by UBS.

  • A protester holds up a smoke bomb during a mass demonstration against government financial cuts in central London, on March 26, 2011.

    Around 750,000 British teachers, civil servants, border agents and other public sector workers went on strike on Thursday after negotiations with the government failed to come to a resolution over proposed pension reforms.

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    High oil prices and concerns over the safety of nuclear power following the Fukushima crisis in Japan are reigniting interest in renewable energy, with wind power likely to be a major beneficiary, Tulsi Tanti, chairman of Suzlon Group, told CNBC.

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    European stocks were expected to open higher on Thursday following a crunch vote in the Greek parliament on Wednesday, approving a fresh round of austerity measures in the country and amid optimism that a second vote will pass on Thursday to turn the measures into law.

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    Press reports that the European Banking Authority (EBA) could fail up to 15 European banks as a show of the strength and resilience of the tests are completely unfounded, the EBA’s chairman said on Wednesday.

  • Amid tear gas, demonstrators hold a banner reading 'NO' during clashes with riot police in front of the Greek Parliament.

    The Greek Parliament has voted to back a package of deep spending cuts that should go some way in clearing a  path for  a second bailout for the country.

  • Tower Bridge and City of London financial district

    The UK government needs to address the concerns that the parliamentary committee which oversees the banking industry still has over its proposed regulatory reforms, a senior Conservative politician has told CNBC.com

  • A protester wears national flags on her hand as she protests at Syntagma square.

    European politicians need to "stop talking like accountants and become leaders," Harris Ikonomopoulos, president of the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Larry Fink

    Larry Fink, one of the world's  most high-profile investors, would like to put all his money in equities at the moment.

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    European stocks were expected to open higher after ending up on Tuesday’s close amid optimism that the Greek parliament will approve fresh austerity measures in a vote on Wednesday.

  • French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde is considered the top contender to replace Strauss-Kahn as IMF chief.

    Christine Lagarde said that she wants to fix the “open wounds” left by Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s departure from the IMF.

  • Greece

    The Greek economy needs to “go back to the fundamentals” to achieve the economic changes needed, according to a leading Greek economist.

  • Markl Mobius, Executive Chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets

    "It is not unrealistic for China to backstop the euro zone crisis," said Mark Mobius, the executive chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group in an interview with CNBC on Tuesday from Monaco.

  • Close-up of a pen on stock price chart

    European stocks were expected to open higher on Tuesday after edging up by Monday’s close on fresh hopes that private bondholders could share the burden of Greek debt.

  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn's resignation following a sex scandal in which the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was accused of assaulting a maid in a New York hotel room triggered worldwide discussion about who will get the top position in the Washington-based organization.

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn's resignation following a sex scandal triggered worldwide discussion about who will get the top position in the Washington-based organization. Click to see the former heads of the IMF.