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  • Egyptians Say Military Discourages an Open Economy Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 4:48 AM ET
    Marchers shake hands with Egyptian Army soldiers on tanks during a demonstration against President Hosni Mubarek in Tahrir Square January 29, 2010 in Cairo, Egypt. Egytian soldiers were for the most part interacting peacefully with the marchers in Tahrir Square during the afternoon hours.

    The Egyptian military defends the country, but it also runs day care centers and beach resorts.  Since the ouster last week of President Hosni Mubarak, of course, the military also runs the government. And some say it has already begun taking steps to protect the privileges of its gated economy, reports the New York Times.

  • Some Spanish Savings Banks Want More Time to Recover Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 4:08 AM ET
    Spain

    Spanish savings banks, which have been ordered to raise more capital by the government, are facing an uphill struggle to persuade investors to help them improve their balance sheets, reports the New York Times.

  • Russia Embraces Risky Offshore Arctic Drilling Tuesday, 15 Feb 2011 | 3:37 PM ET
    off shore oil rig

    Safety and environmental fears made the United States wary, but oil companies are eager to follow Russia in, the New York Times reports.

  • Number of Russian Billionaires Hits New High Monday, 14 Feb 2011 | 4:56 AM ET
    Russia

    Russia boasted 114 dollar billionaires at the end of last year, according to an annual ranking of the country’s richest 500 published on Monday by Finans magazine. The new record represents a remarkable comeback for a breed that seemed endangered when Russia’s stock market hit rock bottom in February 2009.

  • Swiss Receive Inflow of Russian Oil Traders Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 6:55 AM ET

    Switzerland has witnessed an inflow of Russian oil traders, bolstering the country’s claims to be the world’s leading trading center for physical oil, industry executives said. The FT reports.

  • Europe Makes Effort to Shed a Light on Short Selling Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 5:20 AM ET

    The French financial markets regulator has begun to require hedge funds and other investment managers to disclose their short positions when they reach 0.5 percent of a company’s outstanding stock, reports the New York Times.

  • A Crisis of Faith in Britain’s Central Banker Monday, 7 Feb 2011 | 7:24 AM ET

    A central banker need not be loved, but at the least he should command respect — and in Britain these days Mervyn King cannot count on either, reports the New York Times.

  • Egypt Officials Seek to Nudge Mubarak Out Saturday, 5 Feb 2011 | 9:18 AM ET

    As protests continued for a 12th day, Egypt's newly named vice president and other top military leaders were discussing steps to limit President Mubarak’s decision-making authority and possibly remove him from the presidential palace in Cairo, the NYT reports.

  • Merkel, in Reversal, Urges Rescue of Euro Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 5:03 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    When the heads of the EU meet in Brussels on Friday, they will hear new ideas on how to save the euro, delivered by Mrs. Merkel and the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, but written largely in Berlin, reports the New York Times.

  • In his new book, "THE NEXT DECADE: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going," Friedman predicts that, above all, America's power will be tested, and while the author says it will endure, it will require what he calls, "extraordinary skill of the decade’s Presidents to navigate turbulent waters and balance relationships."

  • A Hefty Price for Entry to Davos Tuesday, 25 Jan 2011 | 8:33 AM ET
    Everyone gets the same color badge chain. But badge colors highlight the WEF caste system.

    Chief executives, government leaders and academics around the world are headed to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting this week — a heady power gathering that mixes business, politics and Champagne in the Swiss Alps.

  • Tuesday: Need to Know Tuesday, 25 Jan 2011 | 3:49 AM ET
    World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

    The breakfast conversations on the day before WEF officially starts have a somber tone, with discussions centering on the bombing at the international arrivals terminal at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport.

  • Big World For Investors Monday, 24 Jan 2011 | 11:42 AM ET
    Davos skyline at night

    Government policymakers in Davos this week looking to revive growth might want to emulate global mutual-fund managers, who are having no trouble finding growth stories across the developing world and in pockets of developed markets.

  • The Fast Money Traders reevaluated their short positions Tuesday morning as the Euro rallied.

  • BP CEO Defends Russian Share Swap Deal Monday, 17 Jan 2011 | 5:57 AM ET
    Bob Dudley, the Executive Director of BP, arrives at their headquarters in St James's Square on July 26, 2010 in London, England.

    Bob Dudley dismissed suggestions that the Russian deal would impact BP’s ability to meet its obligations in the US or be blocked by US lawmakers.

  • Central Banks Cloud Commodity Outlook: Economist Friday, 14 Jan 2011 | 8:56 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    Jean-Claude Trichet’s hawkish comments on inflationary pressures and the resultant jump in the euro following Thursday’s European Central Bank's press conference talk has turned attention back to central bank exit strategies, an economist said Friday.

  • Latin America is a “very underestimated area of opportunity” for business, Chris Viehbacher, CEO of the drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • European Sovereign Debt: Crisis That Isn't Going Away Saturday, 8 Jan 2011 | 12:03 PM ET
    Euro coin in front of the giant symbol of the Euro outside the headquarters of the European Central Bank.

    Less than a month after bailing out Ireland, and after a holiday lull in the markets that may have looked mistakenly like calming, the European Union is again struggling to persuade investors that it has the cash and the will to address the root cause of its travails. The New York Times reports.

  • Focus on China's H-Shares, Ditch A-Shares: Mobius Wednesday, 5 Jan 2011 | 2:32 AM ET

    Emerging equity markets were amongst the top performers in 2010 and Mark Mobius, executive chairman at Templeton Emerging Markets Group, expects the trend to continue this year. The global investor remains heavily exposed to the sector.

  • The popular social networking site has raised $500 million from the investment bank and a Russian investor in a deal that values the company at $50 billion, the New York Times reports.

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