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Brazil's Azevedo Wins Battle to Lead WTO Tue, 7 May '13 | 11:43 PM ET
Roberto Azevedo, the WTO's new leader.

Roberto Azevedo, picked on Tuesday to head the World Trade Organization, is in every respect the quintessential Brazilian diplomat.

Ralph Lauren’s New $700,000 Supercar Tue, 7 May '13 | 11:19 AM ET
The RUF CTR-3 pictured here is not Ralph Lauren’s actual vehicle, but he is driving a similar one in silver. RUF has sold 25 CTR-3’s since the product was launched in 2007, and only three of those were sold in the U.S.

Ralph Lauren, the fashion mogul and vintage-car collector, recently took delivery of a new RUF CTR-3, according to people familiar with the deal.

Polish migrant workers harvest asparagus in Germany

An influx of people from crisis-hit European countries has led to the biggest surge in German immigration in nearly 20 years.

Stickers supporting the UKIP party are seen on cars parked outside at the UKIP 2013 Spring Conference

The U.K.'s future in Europe returned to the political agenda on Tuesday after a former finance minister said the case for a British exit from the European Union "is clear."

Countries Woo Rich Chinese With Foreign Visas Mon, 6 May '13 | 1:47 PM ET

Wealthy Chinese are on a global shopping spree. Along with handbags, art and condos, they're also buying foreign visas.

Pfizer Inc.'s Viagra medication

In a first for the drug industry, Pfizer told The Associated Press that the drugmaker will begin selling its popular erectile dysfunction pill Viagra directly to patients on its website.

New Tech That Could Change Everything Mon, 6 May '13 | 6:29 AM ET
A MakerBot 3-D printer prints Nokia cellphone cases.

There's little doubt that the 20th century was full of breakthroughs that changed history. But the 21st century could go a step further, according to Citi.

A silhouette of an official is seen with a logo of the World Trade Organization (WTO) as background at the Trade organisation headquarters in Geneva.

On Wednesday, the WTO will decide whether an insider or an outsider will break the deadlock in global trade talks.

Ferguson: Sorry for 'Stupid' Remarks Sun, 5 May '13 | 5:22 AM ET
Harvard historian Niall Ferguson

Harvard historian Niall Ferguson apologized for "stupid" remarks he made about economist John Maynard Keynes, which evoked a firestorm.

Jim O'Neill, chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Jim O'Neill ended his 18-year career at Goldman Sachs by making one last forecast.

A former aide to Christine Lagarde has come under suspicion of attempting to influence a decision on the trajectory of the high-speed train line to prevent it from cutting through his mother's garden.

Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett, famously slow to adopt new technology, has sent his first tweet.

What do you do when the Pope tweets about rising unemployment in Europe, but the trillions of euros pumped into the financial system fail to get the economy going?

Copper's downward trend foreshadows a stock market collapse, according to Societe Generale's bearish strategist Albert Edwards, who said equity markets will riot "Japan-style."

Virgin Atlantic Uniforms Go Haute Couture Thu, 2 May '13 | 7:05 AM ET

Virgin Atlantic has partnered with famed British designer Dame Vivienne Westwood for a redesign of Virgin's iconic red uniforms.

Here's Why Ashton Kutcher Buys Into Bitcoin Wed, 1 May '13 | 3:37 PM ET
Ashton Kutcher speaks at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013

The "bitcoin revolution" is here, and it offers an investing opportunity, Ashton Kutcher tells the TechCrunch Disrupt conference.

As labor movement protests take place across Europe to mark the May Day public holiday, U.K. former prime minister Tony Blair warned that the situation in Europe is "very fragile."

Cherie Blair CBE

Cherie Blair says there are still some people, even in Britain, adjusting to the growing presence of powerful women in important positions in society.

Millions of children in Europe face lower life expectancy and higher risks of becoming homeless as the economic crisis continues, organizations and social policy experts told CNBC.

A 9-year old kid in India was videotaped driving a Ferrari F430 like this one featured, creating an uproar over India's super-rich.

The sight of a third-grader driving a $200,000 sports car in a country with crippling poverty has touched off a new round of controversy in the East over the new class of the super-rich, and the dangers of wealth gone wild.

German Austerity Isn't Deterring Smokers: CEO Tue, 30 Apr '13 | 6:30 AM ET

Alison Cooper, CEO of Imperial Tobacco, said cigarette and tobacco sales in Germany were "excellent," despite EU weakness.

George Soros

Billionaire investor George Soros has struck back for distorting his arguments on Germany's role in the euro zone.

With Spain in the doldrums, many Spaniards are coming to the Americas, where economic indicators point admirably upward, the GlobalPost reports.

Help Wanted: 6,000 Pizza Makers Needed in Italy Mon, 29 Apr '13 | 12:58 PM ET

There's a crisis in Italy: It's too hot in the pizzeria and the Italians have gotten out, leaving a shortage of 6,000 "pizzaiuoli," according to the Italian business group FIPE.

"Dowton Abbey" producers have been slow at capitalizing on the "Downton" brand. That's all set to change in 2013, the show's executive producer told CNBC.

Is China on a ‘German-Style’ Growth Plan? Sun, 28 Apr '13 | 10:52 PM ET

China's reform mantra sounds like a German-style plan that looks to combine growth with discipline, says this economist.

In a struggling U.S. economy, parents are increasingly questioning each and every purchasing decision, including to which schools they should send their children.

'Hand-to-Hand Combat' in Advertising: WPP CEO Fri, 26 Apr '13 | 5:49 AM ET

The CEO of the world's biggest advertising firm has warned the industry is facing sluggish growth and the firm is fighting a daily battle.

France may be facing declining growth in the euro zone, but the country is hoping to capitalize on strong demand in China for its 'nouveau-riche' products.

Bankers who behave recklessly would be jailed under a new law being considered by MPs and peers on the banking commission, whose final report is due next month. The FT reports.