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  • Cut Food Subsidies, Tackle Hunger: FAO Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011 | 9:47 AM ET
    Tomato Plant

    If feeding 7 billion people is proving hard, how will the world feed 9.1 billion people by 2050? That is the key question the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) faces as it seeks to increase production and improve distribution across the globe.

  • Libyan rebel fighters take cover as a bomb dropped by an airforce fighter jet explodes near a checkpoint on the outskirts of the oil town of Ras Lanuf on March 7, 2011. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

    In the final weeks of Col. Muammar el-Gaddafi’s rule, Chinese companies offered him large stockpiles of weapons in apparent violation of sanctions, officials in Libya said. The NYT reports.

  • Istanbul's Arasta Bazaar

    Turkish citizens went to vote Sunday in an election with a lot at stake.

  • Divided Libya Looks 'Increasingly Likely' Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 4:17 AM ET
    A Libyan jet bomber crashes after being shot down in Benghazi on March 19, 2011 as Libya's rebel stronghold came under attack, with at least two air strikes and sustained shelling of the city's south sending thick smoke into the sky.

    As anti-aircraft fire rang out across Tripoli for the third night in a row and US airstrikes yet to slow, one analyst told CNBC that there is a very real chance of Libya being divided between the Gaddafi-controlled West and rebel-controlled East.

  • BRIC Abstention on 'No-Fly Zone' Sets Tone: Analysts Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 6:16 PM ET
    An RAF Tornado GR4 aircraft is prepared for launch, the first UK air combat mission in support of UN Resolution 1973, at RAF Marham on March 19, 2011 in Norfolk, England.

    Analysts are warning that the decision of the BRIC nations not to support the no-fly zone in Libya is an indication that in years to come Gaddafi-like dictators will find it easier to wage war on their people without external intervention.

  • 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
    The Carbon Challenge - A CNBC Special Report - See Complete Coverage

    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.