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  • Threat of Military Action Necessary for Libya: Clinton Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 11:39 AM ET

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Muammar Gaddafi has left the world no choice but to threaten military action against him.

  • Woman who is suffering from extreme poverty sits in her home in Andrha Pradesh, India August 19, 2005.

    The majority of the world’s labor force is female, uneducated, underpaid and therefore will never be able to lift themselves or their families out of poverty.

  • Death, Debt, and Politics in Libya Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 | 10:50 AM ET
    Protests in Libya

    The madness in Libya has escalated beyond the level seen in Egypt—even during its darkest hours, just prior to the fall of the Mubarak regime.

  • UN Data Notes Sharp Rise in World Food Prices Thursday, 6 Jan 2011 | 10:19 AM ET
    Woman bagging groceries

    World food prices continued to rise sharply in December, bringing them close to the crisis levels that provoked shortages and riots in poor countries three years ago, according to newly released United Nations data. The New York Times reports.

  • Warren Buffett

    Warren Buffett likes to portray himself as the multi-billionaire cheapskate who feels great pain from every dollar bill that leaves his wallet.  But there's no sign today of that stingy public persona he sometimes exaggerates for laughs.  Buffett says it will be a "pleasure" to write a $50 million check, fulfilling his promise to help fund an international nuclear fuel bank.

  • Former Israel Official: Sanction Iran's Top Bank Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010 | 4:52 PM ET
    United Nations, New York city

    On the eve of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's address to the United Nations General Assembly Israel's just departed UN Ambassador says she believes sanctions designed to slow Iran's nuclear program only have a chance to work if Iran's largest bank, The Central Bank of Iran, is directly targeted by the international financial community.

  • Fears Growing Over Global Food Supply Friday, 3 Sep 2010 | 8:00 AM ET
    A self-propelled combine harvestes on a field near a village of Meshcherskoye, some 50 km south of Moscow.

    Russia announced a 12-month extension of its grain export ban on Thursday, raising fears about a return to the food shortages and riots of 2007-08, the FT reports. 

  • Unsafe drinking water is the world’s largest cause of disease and death. The United Nations Development Program has stated that every $1 invested in water and sanitation produces $9 in healthcare cost reduction and economic development.

  • Switzerland: The Little Economy That Could Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 1:43 PM ET
    Zurich, Switzerland

    The Swiss economy has not only recovered from the global recession of 2009 but so far also coped well with the recent spike in an already strong currency.

  • Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, called climate change "an economic agenda rather than a green agenda  [that] needs to be explained more clearly that this is about energy security and jobs going in a different direction.”

  • Level Playing Field for New Energy Technology: Turner Thursday, 14 Jan 2010 | 9:39 AM ET

    The government has to level the playing field when it comes to alternative industry for the sector to be competitive, Ted Turner, former vice chairman and head of Time Warner's cable networks division, told CNBC Thursday.

  • 'Gropenhagen' T-Shirts: Get Your Global Warming On Monday, 7 Dec 2009 | 1:44 PM ET

    You knew it was only a matter of time: A Danish artist and UK T-shirt company have created a "Gropenhagen" T-shirt after the sex-coupon flap at the Copenhagen climate summit.

  • Finally Some Heat in Copenhagen Climate Summit Monday, 7 Dec 2009 | 2:58 AM ET
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    Obama shifts his schedule and a trail of e-mails continues to put the heat on climate scientists.

  • Things are heating up in Copenhagen ahead of the UN climate summit there next week. The city tried to discourage guests from soliciting prostitutes while they're in town—but all they did was turn it into one big advertisement for prostitution. Ow! Nice work, ladies.

  • UN: Fight Climate Change with Free Condoms Wednesday, 18 Nov 2009 | 7:55 AM ET

    The battle against global warming could be helped if the world slowed population growth by making free condoms and family planning advice more widely available, the U.N. Population Fund said Wednesday.

  • Gaddafi Calls for an End to Switzerland: Report Friday, 4 Sep 2009 | 11:28 AM ET
    President Moammar Gadhafi of Libya

    Switzerland should be wiped off the map and its land divided between France, Italy and Germany. That is what Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi is calling for in a motion he filed to the United Nations, according to newspaper reports.

  • Obama: Too Many Jobs Lost, 'Deeply Concerned' Thursday, 2 Jul 2009 | 1:46 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    With joblessness rising, President Barack Obama said Thursday he was "deeply concerned" about unemployment and conceded that too many families are worried about "whether they will be next" to suffer economically.

  • Can A Nation Really Go Carbon Neutral? Friday, 17 Apr 2009 | 3:31 PM ET
    The Maldives

    Cities, companies and even Scandinavian rock festivals are striving to cut carbon emissions to zero, but analysts are divided over whether it is achievable or even appropriate in fighting pollution and climate change.

  • Musicians Akon and Peter Buffett pose for a photograph as they announce a socially conscious musical collaboration and website.

    A new "issue-inspired song" written by Peter Buffett, gets its debut tonight (Wednesday) at a commemorative concert in the United Nation's General Assembly Hall.  "Blood Into Gold" also features Akon, the internationally-known, Grammy-nominated rap/R&B singer.

  • Obama: Tax Cuts, More Spending in Stimulus Plan Tuesday, 2 Dec 2008 | 1:46 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    President-elect Obama pledged quick work on an economic recovery plan to include tax cuts and increased federal spending.

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