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Guaranteed for 25 years, a British bedmaker's Mongolian cashmere mattress "pays off every morning of your life," said a company representative.

As Twitter Turns 7, Things You Didn't Know Sun, 17 Mar '13 | 1:54 PM ET

To celebrate Twitter's 7th birthday, we thought we'd share seven facts about the micro-blogging site that most people don't know.

Krugman Can't Admit He Was Wrong: Latvia PM Fri, 15 Mar '13 | 12:56 PM ET

Latvia's Prime Minister hit back at Paul Krugman's criticism of Latvia's austerity measures.

Mila Kunis Rotates From Cash to Stocks Fri, 15 Mar '13 | 6:44 AM ET
Mila Kunis

The star of "Ted," "Friends With Benefits," and "That 70s Show" told CNBC: "I've just started investing in stocks, which is new for me."

Vatican Finances: CNBC Explains Thu, 14 Mar '13 | 11:27 PM ET

As Pope Francis assumes leadership of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, he's got his work cut out for him on many fronts.

The world's biggest strip club businesses say that business is booming despite the recession, proving that "sex entertainment" still sells despite the global economic downturn. The strip club workers, however, tell a different story.

Pope Francis I

Will Pope Francis, the first Latin American to hold that title, bring a new energy to the Catholic Church ?

The Rise of the Apps     Wed, 13 Mar '13 | 8:48 PM ET
BlackBerry Z10 and iPhone 5 smartphones

Revenue of global smartphone applications in 2012 totaled $15 billion, the size of Jamaica's GDP.

Norway's buzzing market for electric cars has shown the severe drawbacks to a system that relies on public subsidies.

Cool Things Your Smartphone Will Soon Do Wed, 13 Mar '13 | 7:22 AM ET
Cooltra scooter as seen in the GSMA Connected City

A phone that can make you coffee? Hitch you a ride? Here are 10 of the coolest things your smartphone will soon do.

Nigerian Stocks: High Risk, High Reward? Wed, 13 Mar '13 | 7:07 AM ET

Nigeria doesn't seem like a very safe bet for investors. But the country still offers investors several opportunities, especially in the banking and consumer goods sectors.

Elvira Nabiullina, Russia's economy minister

Vladimir Putin on Tuesday chose his chief economic adviser to head Russia's central bank. She will join a small female contingent at the top table of global finance.

Automatic

Automatic Link, a device that plugs into your car to monitor your driving habits, could do for driving what the iPod did for music.

For Greece, This Is 'Deeply Offensive' Tue, 12 Mar '13 | 7:49 AM ET

Reclassifying Greece as an emerging market economy is "deeply offensive," according to one analyst.

Could Europe's Crisis Be Over by End 2013? Tue, 12 Mar '13 | 2:52 AM ET
A woman holds a banner that reads "rise up" in front of police as they attempt to disperse protesters in front the Greek parliament on March 10, 2013 in Athens.

The political risks to the euro zone and its currency have receded and if the area stays on the "right track," the region's crisis could be largely over by the end of the year, Holger Schmieding, chief economist at Berenberg Bank, told CNBC.

One analyst has told CNBC that 2013 could well be the year robots become a force to be reckoned with.

Italy could see its borrowing costs rise above those of troubled Spain this week, analysts told CNBC on Monday.

Nicolas Sarkozy is being wooed by sovereign wealth funds including Qatar's who are ready to back him to start a private equity fund. The Financial Times reports.

Lower CEO Pay and Better Results in Europe? Sun, 10 Mar '13 | 4:23 AM ET

Executive excess need not be etched in stone. Just look at the Nordic region, where an egalitarian tradition and a high quality of life leave top managers content with lower paychecks.

Norway's oil fund almost halved its exposure to UK and French government bonds last year while increasing it to debt from the US, Japan and Germany. The FT reports.

British Airways new Airbus A380 aircraft.

British Airways is set to debut the double-decker Airbus A380 seating on the London to Los Angeles route.

Kia Provo concept automobile, produced by Kia Motors.

Kia has touched off an unexpected firestorm in Northern Ireland over the name of its new car.

Wow, 83 Billionaires in China's Parliament Thu, 7 Mar '13 | 7:31 PM ET

The legislature of the world's last major communist country is almost certainly the wealthiest in the world, according to a popular rich list that names 83 dollar billionaires among the delegates to China's parliament. The Financial Times reports.

Want a Secure Retirement? Move to Slovenia Thu, 7 Mar '13 | 4:09 PM ET
View over Lublijana, Slovenia.

The United States ranks 19th worldwide when it comes to retirement savings, trailing Israel, Japan, and even tiny Slovenia.

Marc Faber

The stock market's run will result in either a 20 percent correction or a more nasty sell off at some point this year, Marc Faber told CNBC.

At the IHS CERAWeek Conference in Houston on Wednesday, CNBC spoke to BP CEO Bob Dudley about the persistent cyber threats that companies like his receive.

World’s Most Expensive Real Estate Markets Wed, 6 Mar '13 | 12:24 PM ET

We've put together a list of 2012's most expensive property markets, based on research by luxury estate agent Knight Frank, ranking areas by both average property prices for the year, and price per square foot in the fourth quarter.

Investors looking to move away from paper assets to something more tangible should consider fine wine, a specialist told CNBC on Wednesday, arguing that rare bottles have seen a steady rise in prices.

Swiss bank UBS will tell its employees what bonus they will be receiving for 2012, a year in which staff endured a radical restructuring.

Hottest Cars at the Geneva Motor Show Wed, 6 Mar '13 | 3:48 AM ET

One of the world's top five auto shows, the 83rd annual Geneva Motor Show exploded into life this week with around 700,000 visitors. It featured new releases from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Bentley, as well as the unveiling of a new brand, Chinese-Israeli joint venture Qoros.