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  • Hints of Competitiveness in Recession-Hit Spain Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 7:14 AM ET
    Demonstrators take part in a protest against government's health cuts and privatisation plans in Madrid on December 16, 2012.

    Latin American markets have been a prime target for Spanish companies because of their language advantage, and giants such as Telefonica and Banco Santander have increased their exposure there to compensate for problems in their domestic market.

  • Is WTO About to Abandon Dream of Global Free Trade? Sunday, 13 Jan 2013 | 10:11 PM ET
    World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy.

    As it seeks a new chief to lead it out of a negotiating death-spiral, the World Trade Organization looks doomed to be fatally undermined by new global carve-ups that will leave many of the world's poorest sidelined.

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

    Venezuela's top court ruled that Hugo Chavez 3rd term inauguration could be delayed, backing both the president-elect and his supporters.

  • Steel bars at a market in Shenyang, northeastern China's Liaoning province.

    Japan launched its second-ever trade complaint against China at the World Trade Organization on Thursday, challenging Beijing's claim that Japanese steel firms are competing unfairly in the world's biggest steel market.

  • Europe's Leaders Promise Further Steps to Quell Crisis Thursday, 13 Dec 2012 | 10:46 PM ET

    Europe's leaders agreed to press on with further steps to shore up their finances and sustain momentum in tackling the debt crisis on Friday, a day after clinching a deal on banking supervision and approving long-delayed aid to Greece.

  • OPEC Agrees to Keep 30 Million Bpd Oil Target: Delegates Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 7:39 AM ET

    OPEC agreed on Wednesday to hold its oil production limit unchanged at 30 million barrels a day, delegates at the meeting said. Ministers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries continued in closed session to debate who should be the group's next secretary general. They were divided over candidacies from Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

  • Strauss-Kahn, NYC Hotel Maid Agree to Settle Suit Monday, 10 Dec 2012 | 3:21 PM ET
    Dominique Strauss-Khan

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a New York City hotel maid have settled her lawsuit that alleged sexual assault.

  • Asia's Growth Prospects Not So Hot: ADB Thursday, 6 Dec 2012 | 7:35 PM ET
    Malaysia

    The Asian Development Bank lowered its 2012 and 2013 growth estimates for developing Asia on Friday as frail global demand drags on the region.

  • France, Germany Clash Over Banking Union Plan Tuesday, 4 Dec 2012 | 7:59 AM ET

    Germany and France publicly clashed on Tuesday over plans to put the European Central Bank in charge of supervising banks, deepening a dispute over the scope of the ECB's powers that threatens to undermine one of Europe's boldest reforms.

  • Greece has hired Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley to conduct a voluntary buy back of its debt, a senior finance ministry official told Reuters.

  • Why All Is Not Lost for Greece, or the Euro...Yet Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 | 3:45 AM ET

    Greece’s international lenders once again failed to reach an agreement on how to bring down its debt levels, delaying the release of vital aid to Athens and pushing the euro lower. Yet all is not lost for Greece and the single currency, analysts told CNBC.

  • Trouble Brewing for Euro as Greece Worries Grow Monday, 12 Nov 2012 | 10:57 PM ET

    The euro, which hit a two-month low against the dollar on Tuesday as hopes that Greece would receive essential aid soon, faces further losses as concern about Greece’s future grow, currency analysts warn.

  • State-Owned Enterprises: The State Advances Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:04 AM ET

    The state’s grip on the economy has been tightening. Could foreign pressure persuade the new leadership to reverse course?

  • Will Spain Finally Give Markets What They Want? Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 2:32 AM ET

    Will they or won’t they? That’s the big question markets have been asking about Spain for the past few weeks—whether the country will ask for a credit line from Europe’s rescue fund and trigger a bond-buying program by the European Central Bank (ECB).

  • Zeti Akhtar Aziz, governor of Bank Negara Malaysia

    Malaysia, which refused bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during the Asian financial crisis, says Greece should be given more time to implement reforms and clean up its finances, otherwise an overly-stringent austerity drive could push the country into a prolonged recession and make recovery even more unlikely.

  • US-China Trade Spat Has 'More Bark Than Bite': Lamy Sunday, 23 Sep 2012 | 9:31 PM ET
    Chinese president Hu Jintao (R) talks to Pascal Lamy (L), the Director-General of the WTO.

    A dispute between the U.S. and China over illegal trade practices, which has sparked worries over a potential trade war between the world’s two largest economies, has “more bark than bite”, according to the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Director General Pascal Lamy.

  • Why Europe Needs to Do More Than Cut Interest Rates Tuesday, 3 Jul 2012 | 10:31 PM ET
    European Central Bank

    The European Central Bank needs to go beyond lowering interest rates – which has already been priced in by markets – to boost growth and authorities may be better off ramping up their asset-purchasing programs instead, economists tell CNBC.

  • Ultrapure Cerium

    China’s dominance over rare earths supply could be challenged in the coming years as investors pour money into exploration outside China, says the CEO of Canadian rare earths miner Quest Rare Minerals.

  • WTO Action Will Not Solve Rare Earths Supply Woes: Pro Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 3:17 AM ET
    Ultrapure Cerium

    A day after the United States, the European Union and Japan filed a joint complaint to the World Trade Organization against China’s export restrictions on strategic rare earth metals, the President of  exploration firm U.S. Rare Earths tells CNBC that the trade case will not help solve current supply issues.

  • World’s Most Polluted Countries Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 12:50 AM ET
    Emerging nations around the world are often heralded for their fast growth, but we don’t often hear about the downsides of that rapid development.The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a report on air quality in countries around the globe, on which we based a list of the ten most polluted countries. Almost all the worst offenders are either major oil and gas producers, or emerging economies that are growing rapidly.The WHO study looked at air quality in 91 countries, measured by t

    The World Health Organization recently released a report on air quality in countries around the globe, on which we based a list of the ten most polluted countries.