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  • Secret US spy budget: $52.6 billion and counting Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 | 2:02 PM ET
    General Keith B. Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command (L); John O. Brennan, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) (C); and Robert S. Mueller III, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) (R).

    U.S. national security agencies have built a vast and pricey web of intelligence-gathering tools since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, according to the Washington Post.

  • Banks cut 5,500 branches across Europe in 2012 Sunday, 11 Aug 2013 | 5:34 AM ET

    Banks cut 5,500 branches across the European Union last year, 2.5 percent of the total, leaving the region with 20,000 fewer outlets than it had when the financial industry was plunged into crisis in 2008.

  • Royal Bank of Scotland to appoint McEwan as CEO Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 3:45 AM ET

    Royal Bank of Scotland is looking to appoint its former head of retail banking, Ross McEwan, as the new chief executive to replace Stephen Hester.

  • Greece gets green light for 4 billion euro payment Friday, 26 Jul 2013 | 2:23 AM ET
    Athens

    Euro zone officials have approved the transfer of 4 billion euros ($5.3 billion) of funding to Greece and euro zone governments are expected to approve disbursement by Monday.

  • Fitch downgrades European rescue loan fund Monday, 15 Jul 2013 | 2:26 PM ET

    Fitch Ratings has cut its credit grade for the European fund that provides rescue loans to Greece, Ireland and Portugal.

  • Treasury delays offshore tax-dodging law Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | 5:23 PM ET

    The Treasury said on Friday it will postpone enforcement of a new law that cracks down on offshore tax avoidance by Americans.

  • European leaders agreed on new steps to fight youth unemployment and promote lending to credit-starved small business on Thursday after deals on banking resolution and the long-term EU budget.

  • Bond Losses of $1 Trillion if Yields Spike, BIS Says Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | 10:54 AM ET
    Traders work in the S&P 500 options pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange

    Bondholders in the U.S. alone would lose more than $1 trillion if yields leap, showing how urgent it is for governments to put their finances in order, the BIS said.

  • EU to Decide Who Pays When Banks Fail Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | 2:30 AM ET
    A man holds a protest sign that says " no to the shutting down of banks"

    The European Union will seek on Friday to forge rules to force losses on large savers when banks fail, a sensitive reform that could shape how the euro zone deals with its sickly banks.

  • G-8 Welcomes Japan's Economic Policies, Abe Says Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 8:51 PM ET
    Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe

    Japanese PM Abe said on Tuesday G-8 leaders expressed strong support for his "Abenomics" economic policies and heard no concerns about Japan's super easy monetary easing.

  • EU, US Launch Trade Talks, France Stiff-Necked Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 1:36 AM ET
    French actor Vincent Cassel receives the award for best actor in 'Mesrine'

    The United States and the European Union launched talks on Monday to create one of the world's most ambitious free-trade zones, as France again underscored its determination to protect its movies and culture.

  • Oil Demand Will Pick Up and We'll Satisfy It: OPEC Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | 8:22 AM ET
    SeaDrill Limited West Carina platform

    OPEC predicted world oil demand will grow more quickly in the rest of 2013, indicating the group can keep pumping more oil than the ouptut target it set out last month.

  • OPEC Holds Line on Output, Surprising None Friday, 31 May 2013 | 8:06 AM ET

    OPEC oil exporters agreed on Friday to leave output policy unchanged on Friday as oil held around the group's preferred level of $100 a barrel.

  • Will Fracking Make the Middle East Irrelevant? Friday, 31 May 2013 | 1:56 AM ET
    Oil workers on a hydrofracking site.

    America's shift toward self-sufficiency in energy will weaken its strategic interest in the Middle East, North Africa and the Persian Gulf, the globalpost reports.

  • Worried About OPEC Meeting? You May Be the Only One Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | 8:25 AM ET
    The logo of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is seen at the headquarters building in Vienna.

    Oil traders should not lose too much sleep worrying about what OPEC, often unpredictable and quarrelsome in the past, will do when it meets next week.

  • New EU Law Could See Big Depositors Lose Savings Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 1:29 AM ET

    A draft law that EU lawmakers voted for on Monday would shield small depositors in future bank rescues, but customers with more than 100,000 euros could suffer losses.

  • EU Commission Says Visa Europe Offers Cut in Fees Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 8:45 AM ET

    Visa Europe, the European licensee of Visa Inc., has offered to cap its inter-bank credit card fees at 0.3 percent of transaction value for four years, the same level as the rival MasterCard network, to end a European Union competition investigation and stave off a possible fine.

  • G-7 Finance Chiefs Give Japan a Green Light Saturday, 11 May 2013 | 10:37 AM ET
    Jacob 'Jack' Lew, U.S. treasury secretary, left, and George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, laugh while posing for the family photo during the Group of Seven (G-7) finance ministers and central bank governors meeting at Hartwell House in Aylesbury, U.K.

    Group of Seven nations finance ministers agreed to tackle the issue of how to deal with failing banks and gave gave a green light to Japan's efforts to galvanize its economy.

  • Hank Greenberg on China, Iran and Soviet 'Minders' Thursday, 9 May 2013 | 9:00 AM ET
    Hank Greenberg

    Hank Greenberg, the former head of insurance giant AIG, tells CNBC about building AIG from a small domestic insurance company into the mammoth global player that it became.

  • Greece Passes Law to Unlock More Rescue Loans Monday, 29 Apr 2013 | 3:17 AM ET

    Greek lawmakers on Sunday approved a reform law to unlock about 8.8 billion euros of rescue loans from the EU and the IMF. The legislation makes it easier to fire government employees for disciplinary reasons and extends an unpopular property tax.