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  • YouTube Reaches 1 Billion Users Milestone Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 | 2:18 AM ET
    Google, which owns Youtube, is considering a plan to sell cablelike services via the Internet.

    Google's YouTube said the number of unique users visiting the video-sharing website every month has reached 1 billion.

  • Cyprus a Sign World Is 'Not Better': StanChart CEO Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 | 12:31 AM ET

    The Cyprus bailout chaos serves as a stark reminder that fundamental issues in the world economy are not yet fixed, said CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Peter Sands.

  • The UK Budget Did No Favor to the Pound Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 11:55 PM ET

    Announcing the U.K. budget, Chancellor George Osborne disappointed those who wanted to see a big change in the Bank of England's mandate. The pound strengthened a bit as a result, but I don't think those who are waiting to see it weaken will be disappointed for long.

  • Osborne Paves Way to Retool Bank of England Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 11:16 PM ET

    British finance minister George Osborne has laid the groundwork for a partial revamp at the Bank of England when new Governor Mark Carney arrives in July.

  • Osborne Turns to Bank of England as Growth Halves Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 9:55 PM ET
    David Cameron

    British finance minister George Osborne turned to the Bank of England on Wednesday to do more to help spur the country's stagnant economy as he announced a halving of the 2013 growth forecast.

  • 'London Whale' Not End of Big US Banks: Volcker Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 8:44 PM ET

    The "London Whale" risky trades involving JPMorgan is not going to spell the end of big American banks, according to Paul Volcker, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve.

  • Cyprus and Russia Discuss Banking, Gas Deals Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 7:34 PM ET
    A closed sign hangs in the window of a Bank of Cyprus Plc branch in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Wednesday.

    Cyprus and Russia resumed talks Thursday to strike a deal that could include cooperation on banking and natural gas reserves, the Cypriot finance minister said.

  • Bernanke: Fed Sees No Signs of a Stock Bubble Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 2:33 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Cyprus does not pose a threat to the US economy, and there are no signs of stock market bubble, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday after the Fed said it would keep interest rates low.

  • Cyprus Shuts Banks Until Tuesday, Seeks Russia Aid Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 1:21 PM ET
    Michalis Sarris, the Cypriot minister of finance

    The Cypriot government is considering capital restrictions if banks reopen on Thursday, a senior government official told Reuters as negotiations between the country and Russia over financial assistance continue in Moscow.

  • Lufthansa Cancels More Than 500 Flights Due to Strike Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 12:12 PM ET
    Passengers wait in front of a Lufthansa counter in Hamburg, northern Germany during a 2012 walkout.

    Germany's Lufthansa has cancelled more than 500 flights after German union Verdi called on 33,000 workers at the company to go on strike on Thursday over a wage dispute.

  • Google’s Schmidt: I Was Late to Social Media Revolution Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 12:02 PM ET
    Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google Inc.

    Eric Schmidt said he regrets coming to the social media revolution late during his ten years as Google's CEO.

  • Credit Rating Fears Return as UK Growth Slashed Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 10:31 AM ET

    A downward revision for U.K. growth reignited fears on Wednesday that the country's credit rating could once again be downgraded as finance minister George Osborne's budget statement failed to inspire confidence.

  • 'We Will Be Slaves for Russia': Cypriots Warn Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 10:27 AM ET

    Cyprus's citizens are facing up to a very uncertain future, with one Cypriot telling CNBC: "We are not like Greeks."

  • IMF Chief Lagarde's Paris Home Searched by Police Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 10:02 AM ET
    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund

    French authorities searched the Paris flat of IMF chief Christine Lagarde as part of an investigation into her handling of a 2008 compensation payment to a businessman supporter of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, her lawyer said.

  • Cyprus 'Blackmailed' by EU: Former Cypriot Official Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 8:39 AM ET
    Cypriot security guards stand outside the parliament building in Nicosia.

    The EU strong-armed the government of Cyprus to shut down its financial system, Athanasios Orphanides, former governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus, told CNBC.

  • Cyprus Shambles First Sign Euro Is Unwinding: Expert Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 6:41 AM ET
    the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt, Germany

    Who would have thought that what caused the next crisis would be a hamfisted piece of pure theft that proves once again that EU governments have a zero understanding of finance and what makes markets work, writes Moorad Choudhry.

  • Litigation Forces Deutsche Bank to Restate Profits Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 6:25 AM ET
    Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt

    Deutsche Bank cut its previously reported 2012 pretax profit by 600 million euros, hit by new charges related to mortgage-related lawsuits and other regulatory investigations.

  • Italian President Seeks Way Out of Political Stalemate Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 6:08 AM ET
    Beppe Grillo

    Giorgio Napolitano began consultations with political leaders to try to find a way of forming a government after the deadlocked election which left no party with a majority in parliament.

  • Bank of England Remains Split on Asset Purchases Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 5:45 AM ET

    The Bank of England is worried about further sterling weakness and remains at an impasse over providing more support for Britain's stagnant economy, minutes of its March 6-7 policy meeting showed on Wednesday.

  • UK Jobless Claimant Count at Lowest Since June 2011 Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 5:42 AM ET
    People look at pieces of paper with job openings

    The number of Britons claiming unemployment benefit fell in February to a 20-month low, official data showed on Wednesday.

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