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Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is the best soccer player in the world but he's virtually unknown in the United States. However, Adidas believes Messi is such a transcendent star, it just launched a global retail brand of shoes and apparel that are all about him.

Afghanistan's tax to GDP ratio today stands above 11 percent - ahead of neighboring Pakistan's dismal 9 percent.

View over Lublijana, Slovenia.

Cyprus may be a "special case" in the eyes of European officials, but their handling of its bailout is taking a toll on another small euro zone member with an over-burdened banking sector- Slovenia.

Rangers FC—The Best Investment in Soccer? Thu, 28 Mar '13 | 8:45 AM ET

One soccer club in Scotland could be set for great things after a turbulent few years. Time to invest?

'Cyprus Euros' Could Take on Own Value Thu, 28 Mar '13 | 3:16 AM ET
A shop displays a closing down sign in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Cyprus's plan to impose capital controls threatens to test the ties that bind Europe's monetary union and could see euros on the Mediterranean island valued differently to those in the rest of the bloc.

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg, home to several European Union institutions, has rebuffed calls from some of its partners to reduce the size of its powerful banking sector in response to the crisis in Cyprus.

Belgian chocolate

Belgian chocolate makers believe their renowned pralines should have similar protection to that enjoyed by French champagne or Italy's Parma ham.

With thousands of jobs axed and many more under threat in London's financial center, City workers are leading an exodus from the City as they consider alternative careers and dramatic life changes.

Europe's financial crisis is costing lives, with suicides and infectious diseases on the rise, yet politicians are not addressing the problem, health experts say.

It's an American Gold Rush! Tue, 26 Mar '13 | 4:23 PM ET

Gold fever is gripping the nation. Americans once again chose gold as their top investment choice in the CNBC All-America Economic Survey.

In shaping its targeted advertising strategy, Facebook is tapping into outside sources of data to learn even more about Facebook users, the NYT reports.

Jeroen Dijsselbloem: Foot-in-Mouth Disease Mon, 25 Mar '13 | 3:46 PM ET
Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Twice in 8 days Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem has made unguarded comments which moved markets. And then had to retract them.

Boris Johnson—his next big interview Mon, 25 Mar '13 | 8:09 AM ET

Following an uncomfortable 15 minutes with the BBC's Eddie Mair on Sunday morning, London Mayor Boris Johnson also has an in-depth interview with CNBC's Tania Bryer next month.

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Middle East-style oil wealth combined with a generous Nordic welfare model is slowly throttling big chunks of Norway's economy.

3-D Printers and the Cool Stuff They Make Sat, 23 Mar '13 | 9:34 AM ET

Three-dimensional printing is gaining traction in business, medicine and among consumers, but most people have no idea how they work. Click ahead to find out how to fabricate a piece of jewelry—or perhaps even a human organ.

Ford Apologizes for Ads Showing Women in Bondage Fri, 22 Mar '13 | 11:22 PM ET
Ford Figo ad depicting Paris Hilton and the Kardashians

Ford and its Indian advertising agency have apologized for ads showing women in bondage.

Turkey could challenge any move by Cyprus to speed up offshore natural gas exploration as a way of attracting investment to save its economy, Turkish officials said.

Scenes From the Cyprus Crisis Thu, 21 Mar '13 | 2:53 PM ET

For Cyprus—and for Europe—the clock is ticking, with the prospect of the eastern Mediterranean island exiting the euro zone or defaulting on its debt looming ever larger. Click ahead to see how the crisis has unfolded.

Ikea says its meatballs are now free of horse meat.

Furniture retailer IKEA's Swedish meatballs are returning to the menu after last month's horse meat scare, with new supply chain controls "from farm to fork," the company's head of foods said.

Constantly in the public eye since her birth, Chelsea Clinton has traditionally shied away from the media, yet she opens up for the CNBC Meets profile on her father.

The British media enjoy any opportunity to hail or condemn Margaret Thatcher, and the current Chancellor's 2013 budget gave them such a moment.

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.

'We Will Be Slaves for Russia': Cypriots Warn Wed, 20 Mar '13 | 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."

President Bill Clinton said Republicans need to openly state how their proposals, specifically tax cuts, would realistically work for the benefit of the American economy.

Newly elected Eurozone President and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem attends an Eurogroup meeting.

For Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the new face of the euro zone, a furor over a decision to hurt savers in Cyprus has been a baptism of fire in his role as chairman of the Eurogroup of finance ministers of the currency area.

How Russia Could Take Revenge Over Cyprus Deal Tue, 19 Mar '13 | 2:58 PM ET

Russia could avenge the loss of billions of dollars in Cyprus by cutting Germany's energy supply, one analyst said.

With the legalization of online gambling in the U.S., European gambling firms see a huge opportunity.

Hillary Clinton

Former President Clinton says his wife, Hillary, is the most interesting person he knows and praised her as "an amazing human being."

The Bank of Cyprus headquarters in Nicosia, Cyprus.

While a unique case, Cyprus' unique bailout terms have sent a shudder through the multi-trillion dollar world of offshoring.

British Expats Outraged in Cyprus Island Haven Mon, 18 Mar '13 | 11:50 AM ET
Cypriots protest outside the parliament building in Nicosia.

British expats in Cyprus have reacted angrily at proposals to force depositors to share in the bailout costs for Cyprus banks.