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A Cathay Pacific flight attendant stands next a placard as she and others stage a protest at the international airport in Hong Kong on December 3, 2012.

Flight attendants at Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways are threatening to withhold food, alcohol and even smiles from passengers during the Christmas holidays over a pay dispute, a union official said Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II views stacks of gold as she visits the Bank of England with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on December 13, 2012 in London, England.

During a visit to the Bank of England on Thursday, the Queen was overheard asking whether a "lax" attitude to financial regulation had contributed to the financial crisis.

A photo taken on December 10, 2012 shows a house in the Belgian village of Nechin near Estaimpuis allegedly bought by French actor Gerard Depardieu.

Actor Gerard Depardieu's decision to establish residency in Belgium, which does not have a wealth tax, by buying a house just over the border with France, is "pathetic" and unpatriotic, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Wednesday.

Epsom Downs

The rich in UK are often told they should give in numbers more like their American counterparts. Analysis of new study suggests that they do.

Jude Law attends the British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate Market on December 9, 2012 in London, England

The Moet British Independent Film Awards celebrated their 15th anniversary on Sunday, celebrating the most successful year ever for British Independent cinema.

Italian showman Beppe Grillo

The anarchic comedian and blogger who leads one of Italy's most rapidly-growing parties said Prime Minister Mario Monti is a mere "bankruptcy curator" who "needs to disappear."

Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve

An extremely rare bottle of Glenfiddich single malt scotch may fetch as much as $100,000.

Pier Luigi Bersani

When he won the race to become Italy's center-left candidate, Pier Luigi Bersani said his Democratic Party would have to win by telling "the truth, not fairy tales".

A Maserati Gran Turismo automobile, produced by Fiat SpA, sits on display during the second press day of the Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.

Italian carmaker Fiat. is investing 1.2 billion euros in luxury brand Maserati, hoping technology and dealerships from its tie-up with Chrysler will help it to take on German rivals BMW and Porsche.

Apple Maps

Police in Australia are warning citizens to not use Apple maps after some motorists using the app have ended up in "life-threatening" situations.

Antarctica Flights/Croydon Travel offering day-trip flights to Antarctica.

Think you can't visit Antarctica in a day? Think again as one company offers day tours onboard a 747.

Mario Monti

Mario Monti’s announcement that he will step down as Italy’s Prime Minister represents a significant setback in the euro zone’s rehabilitation, analysts warned on Monday, with the decision set to push up Italian bond yields and heap pressure on the euro as well as push Spain closer to the edge of a funding crisis.

Silvio Berlusconi represents the country's darker side of Italy in a controversial new documentary

Italian former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gave a strong hint on Wednesday that he would stand in next year's election, saying he had been "besieged by requests" to run.

No matter which way you slice it (sorry), Pizza Hut has long been an innovator in the pizza industry: The chain gave the world stuffed crust, after all. But now Pizza Hut is channeling its creative streak into other ventures, releasing its own Pizza Hut perfume.

The wine cellar of legendary restaurant elBulli will be sold in two auctions at Sotheby's next Spring in New York and Hong Kong.

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The United States may have the world's largest economy, but it does not even crack the top ten percent when it comes to a perceived lack of corruption, according to Transparency International.

European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.

Will the tumult in Europe quiet down in the year ahead?

Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he arrives at the St. Peter's Basilica for a mass with newly appointed cardinals on November 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican.

Pope Benedict's new handle on Twitter will be @pontifex, beating out other contenders that had been considered to showcase the thoughts of one of the world's most visible leaders.

He Did WHAT? Outrageous Holiday Party Behavior

Have you ever thrown a coworker in a lagoon at the office party? Here are some of the most outrageous things people have done at office parties.

A new survey that shows that millionaires are far more dog-friendly than the rest of Americans.

Britain Favors Credentials Over Countrymen for BoE's Top Job

Central bankers are joining premier-league footballers as global-economy elites.

Lakshmi Mittal

Lakshmi Mittal is meeting with France's president over accusations of “lying” and “blackmail."

One Percent to Boost Holiday Spending by $600 Million

Buying your love each item from the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” will cost more than ever this year.

10 Champions of British Enterprise

These 10 U.K. entrepreneurs went from minor start-ups to globally recognized brands.

The global economy will be stuck in a “twilight zone” of sluggish growth in 2013, Morgan Stanley has warned.

Are Two Cloud Servers Better Than One?

Cloud computing is fast becoming as ubiquitous as the clouds circling the Earth. As more and more people depend on “the cloud” to store sensitive data, they also realize it isn’t perfect —and sometimes it fails because of storm surges

Brewers Battle to Reverse French 150% Tax Increase

Government plans for a 160 percent increase in the tax on beer, has left the French beer industry reeling.

Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King

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The Parthenon in Greece

The Greek debt crisis, the political situation in Athens and their impact on the euro zone are falling off investors' radars, but cannot be ignored, according to one foreign exchange analyst in London.

Are diamonds truly becoming an investor's best friend? One investor certainly thinks so.

Will Europe’s economy stabilize or collapse? Here’s what you need to know about the euro zone debt crisis.