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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

AI robot vs man

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

UBS to Cut Up to 10,000 Jobs

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

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.

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud and wife Princess Amira

Forbes has described the Saudi billionaire Alwaleed Bin Talal's valuation estimates of his fortunes as an "alternate reality".

A German travel agency is selling tickets for a flight to give 88 astronomy buffs a close-up view of one of two rare comets expected to pass Earth this year.

Geneva, Switzerland

The zeal with which Swiss citizens backed the curbs on executive pay is just the latest sign that Switzerland's relationship with the ultra-wealthy is beginning to change.

A McLaren P1 automobile, produced by McLaren Automotive Ltd., is seen on the company's stand ahead of the opening day of the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, March 4, 2013.

The world's major luxury auto manufacturers have been bucking the trend, rolling out new models for the super luxury market at the 83rd Geneva motor show, against a backdrop of slumping sales in the mass market in Europe.

Good Year Racing

The Dunlop and Goodyear plants near Amiens in northern France chose different destinies four years ago when Dunlop's unions accepted tougher labor conditions.

Swiss voters on Sunday approved what has been dubbed the toughest executive pay rules in the world. Sixty eight percent of voters were in favor of forcing Swiss companies to give shareholders sweeping powers in deciding on executive pay.

A man eats food donated  by the Greek church in central Athens.

Greece has been reclassified from a "developed" to an "emerging market" by a major U.S.-based fund manager.

Egyptian anti-Morsi protesters hold up their shoes near a burning police vehicle in Tahrir Square during a march against a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

One of the world's largest contractors is actively diversifying away from its home turf in the Middle East in light of rising political risks, opting instead to win exposure to territories such as Africa, former Soviet Republics and Australia.