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  • El-Erian: Keep a Close Eye on Italy Sunday, 10 Jul 2011 | 7:10 PM ET
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    What happened in Italy last week was notable. If it continues, it would mark a significant extension of the regional debt crisis that Europe has repeatedly failed to come to grips with.

  • Time to Get Serious About the Loonie Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 12:36 PM ET
    The Syncrude oil sands extraction facility near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta Province, Canada.

    The Canadian dollar could face near-term headwinds, this strategist says— but after that, prepare for liftoff.

  • Mississippi Governor Blasts Obama on Economy Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 12:22 PM ET
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    Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour pulled out of the 2012 presidential race in April but that didn't stop him from sounding like a candidate as he criticized the Obama administration for its economic policies.

  • Euro Slides, Dollar Droops Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 9:23 AM ET
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    The euro gets hit by Italian drama and the dollar falls on a gloomy employment report - time for your FX Fix.

  • A New Nation: South Sudan Readies for Independence Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 6:57 AM ET
    JUBA, SUDAN - JANUARY 09: Southern Sudanese celebrate at the end of the first day of voting for the independence referendum January 9, 2011 in Juba, Sudan. Southern Sudan is participating in an independence referendum today following a historic 2005 peace treaty that brought an end to decades of civil war between the Arab north and predominantly Christian and animist south. The south is expected to vote around 99 percent to secede from the north which will also give it a majority of Sudan's oil

    On Saturday, South Sudan becomes the world's newest country and Africa's 54th state, a process that follows 50 years of bloodshed. Renewed violence on its borders has shaken hopes of a peaceful transition to nationhood, but the fledgling country is not a failed state in waiting, analysts and senior figures in the reconstruction effort told CNBC.com.

  • UK City Releases Plans to Deal With Zombie Attacks Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 4:44 AM ET
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    While governments and local councils may be expected to be prepared to deal with terrorist attacks, extreme weather conditions and contagious diseases, a potential zombie attack might not be top of the list.

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    Bahrain began its highly-anticipated National Dialogue this week in an effort to restore confidence both domestically and internationally that the Kingdom is committed to working through issues that sparked unrest within its borders in mid-February.

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    Europe’s banks are growing increasingly angry over the stress tests being run by European regulators, complaining that the process has been excessively rigid, with damaging changes to the exercise rushed through at the last minute, according to the FT.

  • Jean-Claude Trichet

    The European Central Bank is going easy on Portugal, making the euro bounce. Whether the lift will last is another matter.

  • Breaking News: Obama on Debt Meeting   Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 1:01 PM ET
    Breaking News: Obama on Debt Meeting

    President Obama speaks following the debt limit meeting. He says it was very constructive and everyone acknowledged the importance of resolving this issue. Both sides will work through the weekend.

  • What Did Ron Bloom Say and When Did He Say It? Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 12:09 PM ET
    Ron Bloom, the White House's Assistant to the President for Manufacturing Policy

    The lawmakers want to get to the bottom of whether or not Bloom, who is viewed as an ally of the unions, ever said that he directed White House policy on automakers on behalf of unions.

  • Job Growth Lifts the Dollar, Rate Hike Hits the Euro Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 9:09 AM ET

    Dollar lifts, euro slips, and Thailand's prime minister-elect connects on the baht - time for your FX Fix.

  • ECB Hikes Rates, Hints at Dovish Stance in August Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 9:08 AM ET
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    The European Central Bank raised interest rates by 25 basis points to 1.50 percent on Thursday, as it continued to brush off concerns over sovereign debt worries in the euro zone periphery, but President Jean-Claude Trichet hinted that a further rise in August is unlikely.

  • Emerging Markets to Drive Global Economy: King Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 4:58 AM ET
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    Despite a manufacturing slowdown in Russia, China and Brazil, emerging markets will be key to the recovery of the global economy, Stephen King, chief economist at HSBC told CNBC.

  • ECB to Shrug Off Periphery Concerns, Raise Rates Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 1:50 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    The European Central Bank is expected to raise rates by 25 basis points on Thursday, as indicated in its June press conference, despite ongoing concerns over the euro zone's periphery.

  • House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., holds a copy of his budget proposal 'The Path to Prosperity' during a news conference on the FY2012 budget resolution on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

    It’s all about controlling debt in Washington these days. Congress battles it out over raising the U.S. government's borrowing limit. For investors the buzz word is "default." As the U.S. Treasury says, it will be forced to default on its obligations if Congress does not raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling.

  • Tax Reform Is Different From Tax Increases: Rep. Ryan Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | 5:37 PM ET
    Rep. Ryan Paul from Wisconsin

    House Republicans are willing to discuss closing tax loopholes with President Obama in exchange for lowering tax rates, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Common Politics Muddy Waters in Rare Earth Discovery Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | 10:39 AM ET
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    The discovery of huge deposits of so-called 'rare earth' minerals, used in high technology products, on the Pacific sea floor should ease long-term supply constraints and end a Chinese monopoly, which had been causing strategic concerns in the West, analysts said.

  • DSK 'Seducer' Not Rapist: Biographer Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | 7:09 AM ET
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn with his wife Anne Sinclair at New York State Supreme court.

    The official biographer of Dominique Strauss-Kahn believes he is a "French lover" rather than a rapist.

  • Democracy Key to Egypt's Economy: Prime Minister Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | 5:45 AM ET
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    Ahead of large-scale protests planned for this Friday, Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf stressed that the government respects the right of citizens to demonstrate peacefully.