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Can Kate Middleton Give Carnival a Royal Boost? Sunday, 14 Apr 2013 | 2:34 PM ET
Kate Middleton

After several mishaps with its cruise ships, Carnival hopes Kate Middleton will give its new Princess Cruise division the royal touch.

French Gangster Escapes From Prison Using Explosives Sunday, 14 Apr 2013 | 12:28 PM ET
Members of Eris, a regional intervention unit  of the French penitentiary administration are at work in front of a door opened with explosives by an inmate, Redoine Faid, who managed to escape after holding five wardens hostage.

One of France's most notorious criminals escaped from prison using explosives to blast his way through five security doors.

How Robots Will Change Our Lives Saturday, 13 Apr 2013 | 1:40 PM ET

The robots are coming and their presence will eventually bridge the digital-physical divide, dramatically impacting human life, experts say.

Are Billionaires Just Smarter Than the Rest of Us? Friday, 12 Apr 2013 | 8:21 PM ET

A new study is turning the American dream on its head: Maybe it's not hard work that brings success and money. Maybe it's sheer brainpower.

Rue Margaret Thatcher in Paris? Friday, 12 Apr 2013 | 2:49 AM ET

A conservative city councilor, Jerome Dubus, will propose that the French capital pay homage to Britain's outspoken former prime minister by naming a street after her at the next council meeting this month.

Hacker Claims He Can Hijack a Plane With an App Thursday, 11 Apr 2013 | 11:56 AM ET

On Wednesday at the Hack in the Box security conference in Amsterdam, a security expert demonstrated how hackers can take control of an airplane by using a mobile device and a few other basic tools.

Power Down: Tablets Are Crushing PC Sales Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 5:43 PM ET
Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft Corp.

PC sales plunged to record lows in the first quarter as tablets gain in popularity.

Hollande's Camel Eaten in Latest French Setback Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 2:50 AM ET

Malian authorities will give French President Hollande another camel after the one they gave him in thanks for helping repel Islamist rebels was eaten.

Germans Among Poorest in Europe: ECB Study Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 2:42 AM ET

Germans are one of the poorest groups in Europe, according to the surprising findings of a joint survey by various divisions within the European Central Bank.

Should Europe Kill Its 'Bin Laden' Notes? Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 2:39 AM ET

Demand for 500 euro bills as a store of value has started to decline, according to a currency strategist, who told CNBC that the note is used extensively for criminal activity and should be abolished.

Europe Risks 'Endless Depression' in Austerity Pursuit Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 12:00 AM ET
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After Portugal's rejection of the cost-cutting measures on which its bailout package depends, Invesco Perpetual's chief economist has added his voice to the anti-austerity camp, warning it could lead to "almost endless depression".

Jump! Richard Branson Wants to Skydive From Space Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 3:28 PM ET
Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder and chairman

Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of the Virgin Group, told CNBC he wants to actually jump out of one of his spaceships.

Krugman Takes on Thatcher Legacy as Debate Rages Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 6:52 AM ET
Monetarists at the Gate: Krugman Vs Austrian School

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has entered the tense debate on Thatcher's legacy and already drawn the ire of HSBC's chief economist.

Slovenia Faces 'Severe Banking Crisis': OECD Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 6:06 AM ET

Slovenia is heading toward a severe banking crisis and a deep recession despite recent reforms, according to the OECD.

France Faces 'Devastating Scandal' as Economy Stalls Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 3:11 AM ET

France's economy is at near-stall speed, trade and budget deficits widened last month and the country is embroiled in increasing political uncertainty.

London Mayor Boris Johnson

London's Mayor accused the former government of leaving young people without the skills to challenge migrants.

Margaret Thatcher's Greatest Moments Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 8:40 AM ET
Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1987.

A look at some of the greatest moments of Margaret Thatcher's time as UK prime minister.

Putin Faces Down Topless Protest in Germany Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 6:14 AM ET
Russian President Vladimir Putin and an activist of the Ukrainian women rights group 'Femen' in Hannover, Germany.

Russia urged Germany to punish a group of women who staged a bare-breasted protest against President Vladimir Putin during a visit to the country.

Data Leak Shakes Notion of Secret Offshore Havens Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 11:43 AM ET

A Spanish heiress and the wife of a Russian deputy prime minister are among thousands of rich people whose names are included in 2.5 million files detailing offshore bank accounts and shell companies. The NYT reports.

After Cyprus, Is Slovenia Next Euro Zone Domino? Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 10:49 AM ET
View over Lublijana, Slovenia.

Successive Slovenian governments have refused to privatize the country's banks, which made disastrous loans to politically connected business interests and now threaten to drag the country center stage in the euro zone debt crisis.

Cyprus Sparks Fears of Crunch Time for Spain Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 6:24 AM ET

Spain's banking bailout last year is now a distant memory. But according to one strategist, Spain's fragile economy now faces the possibility of tipping over into a renewed credit crunch.

North Korea to Become the Next Iran: Citi Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 4:05 AM ET

Tensions in North Korea have overtaken Iran as the major geopolitical risk of the year, according to a report from Citi Research, a division of Citigroup Global Markets.

Bitcoin Hacked: Price Stumbles After Buying Frenzy Thursday, 4 Apr 2013 | 6:10 AM ET

Online currency bitcoin had 20 percent knocked off its price overnight on Thursday as one of its major exchanges became the victim of a hacking attack leading to a sell-off in the virtual currency after reaching an all-time high.

Liverpool FC Chief: Owners Are Here for the Long Term Wednesday, 3 Apr 2013 | 5:08 AM ET

U.K.'s Liverpool Football Club may not be enjoying the success it has become accustomed to but Ian Ayre, the club's managing director told CNBC that U.S. owners Fenway Sports respect the club's history and are in it to invest for the long term.

Kyrgyzstan Fights Over Gold at Top of the World Wednesday, 3 Apr 2013 | 4:19 AM ET

Nationalists in Kyrgyzstan are threatening to return to the streets to topple another government unless it expropriates the Kumtor goldmine, a treasure they say was sold off too cheaply to foreigners.

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.

Queen Elizabeth II has received a 5 million-pound ($7.6 million) boost in annual funds the British monarch receives from taxpayers to carry out official duties.

China's Bling Shoppers Choose Asia Over Europe Wednesday, 3 Apr 2013 | 3:06 AM ET

Rich Chinese tourists are now looking to spend their mega bucks closer home, choosing Hong Kong and Singapore over London and New York to get their luxury fix, according to an HSBC report.

Surge in High-Yield Bonds a 'Big April Fool's Joke' Tuesday, 2 Apr 2013 | 7:27 AM ET

An increase in the issuance of high-yielding bonds alongside leverage to purchase this debt has sparked renewed fears of a bubble in the credit markets, with one bank warning investors of the threats involved.

Want to Be a Banker? Pass Integrity Test First Tuesday, 2 Apr 2013 | 2:35 AM ET

Thousands of U.K. financial sector workers risk being frozen out of the industry unless they pass mandatory tests measuring their personal ethics and integrity.

William Shakespeare Was a Tax Dodger: Study Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | 4:53 PM ET

As millions of procrastinating Americans prepare to file their taxes, here's a fun fact: William Shakespeare was a tax dodger!