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  • Bulgaria Boasts Stability Amid European Turmoil: Pres Monday, 24 Sep 2012 | 12:46 PM ET
    Sofia, Bulgaria.

    Free market reforms and a 10 percent flat tax rate have helped transform Bulgaria into an island of stability in Europe.

  • New Ray Gun Used to Fight High Sea Pirates Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 | 2:10 PM ET
    Raytheon's Silent Guardian Protection System

    Gulf states are planning to use ray guns to protect their oil and gas infrastructure and also dissuade pirate attacks.

  • Will Russia Muzzle the Internet? Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | 11:31 AM ET
    Vladimir Putin

    Secret negotiations among dozens of countries preparing for a UN summit could lead to changes in a global treaty that would diminish the Internet's role in economic growth and restrict the free flow of information.

  • Mugabe Was Not Given Any Tourism Title: UN Agency Wednesday, 30 May 2012 | 10:20 AM ET

    A United Nations agency said Wednesday that it has not appointed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as an official representative for tourism, refuting several newspaper reports that sparked outrage in the United Kingdom.

  • Stakes Are High in Struggle to Stop Syria Bloodshed Monday, 6 Feb 2012 | 7:05 AM ET
    United Nations, New York city

    As many observers had expected, Russia and China used their veto privileges to block the latest attempt by members of the United Nations Security Council to take concrete measures to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

  • Anger After Russia, China Block UN Action on Syria Sunday, 5 Feb 2012 | 6:09 PM ET
    Protesters Gather At Syrian Embassy In London

    Western and Arab states voiced outrage on Sunday after Russia and China vetoed a U.N. resolution that would have backed an Arab plan urging Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to give up power, and Washington vowed harsher sanctions against Damascus.

  • The new head of the U.N. food agency said he expects food prices to remain volatile in 2012 —and more people will go hungry.

  • Egypt's Army Ruler to Give Statement Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 9:59 AM ET

    The head of Egypt's ruling army council will deliver a statement to the nation later on Tuesday, state television said, as protests demanding an end to military rule intensify.

  • 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.