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The World Cup city with charm and controversy Mon, 21 Jul '14 | 1:32 AM ET

As Manaus shows off its state-of-the-art developments, it has also become a focal point for the controversy surrounding the World Cup.

The top market risk this summer is... Mon, 21 Jul '14 | 7:08 PM ET

Volatility measures suggest investors feel complacent, but a wedge of looming swans may disrupt the calm this summer, Societe Generale said.

Take a look at 10 of the world's most spectacular and innovative stadiums, many of them used in global sporting events.

How to crowdfund without losing your shirt Tue, 22 Jul '14 | 8:50 AM ET

Crowdfunded projects don’t always have the backs of their backers. Here are some simple rules to crowdfund as the market grows.

Which social network is looking 'stretched'? Mon, 21 Jul '14 | 1:02 AM ET
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Tell us which social network you think is looking "stretched" by voting in the poll below.

Innovation is enabling Brazilian students to study and learn online. How will this help broaden access to the country's best universities?

Not all tourists are welcome in Peter's Place Café in Waterville, Ireland, according to a sign in the window spotted June 5.

The reputation of the ugly American tourist is getting a revival in one seaside Irish village.

Los Angeles, California.

Cities around the world that have embraced technology to tackle their problems – have your say on where in the world is the most innovative.

James Garner.

Actor James Garner, best known for his prime-time television roles on "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files," has died at age 86.

MH17: The missile, black box, route explained Fri, 18 Jul '14 | 6:23 AM ET

We take a look at details around the black box, alleged missile attack and flight route of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 before the crash.

Tour de France gears up indie bike makers Sun, 20 Jul '14 | 7:00 AM ET
Chris Froome, winner of the 2013 Tour de France, is cheered on by cycling enthusiasts who paid Thomson Bike Tours around $6,000 each to attend the 100th anniversary of the event.

The Tour de France is under way. So that means manufacturers of high-end bikes are busy peddling their pedaling products.

Why next-gen TVs can't save the market Thu, 17 Jul '14 | 8:01 PM ET
Sony's 4K Bravia liquid-crystal-display television.

Asian firms are banking on a next generation of televisions to bolster sales, but Jeffries warns that the new technology may not make a difference.

UAE plans Mars mission in heated space race Thu, 17 Jul '14 | 6:34 AM ET

Not content with building the world's tallest building, the UAE is setting its sight on something out of this world: Mars.

Is that a weed in my drink? Cocktails go wild Sat, 19 Jul '14 | 3:00 PM ET
Forager Brian Early walks Tales attendees through finds from a recent tour in New Orleans.

Farm-to-table sourcing is downright tame compared with what some distillers and bartenders are doing to source spirited ingredients.

Plans to allow greater foreign investment in Shanghai's A-share market could prove to be a game changer for investment in Chinese shares.

Happy 60th birthday Frau Merkel!     Thu, 17 Jul '14 | 1:45 AM ET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel turns 60 today, as CNBC looks at the successes of her leadership - and the challenges she faces.

Mixed martial arts is still relatively new to Asia but as demand for the sport booms, businesses are betting on a strong future.

Guess who bro hugged? Yep. Ackman, Icahn Wed, 16 Jul '14 | 5:16 PM ET

The billionaire activist investors shared the stage during a surprise joint appearance at the Delivering Alpha conference.

Elderly man collecting garbage for recycling in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.

Many trash pickers in China are elderly people, unable to support themselves on meager government pensions. Global Post reports.

German police are on the look out for beer thieves that stole 10-truck loads of beer from a depot, over the weekend.

Sunny side up: World's staggering solar plants Wed, 16 Jul '14 | 1:09 AM ET
he Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is seen in an aerial view in the Mojave Desert in California near Primm, Nevada.

Alternative sources of power are increasingly important. Here, we take a look at some of the world's most striking solar installations.

LATAM Airlines Group is set to make a loss during the World Cup period, the company’s chairman told CNBC.

Sausage at an agricultural fair in Berlin, Germany

Germany's Federal Cartel Authority has slapped a €380 million fine on sausage makers it accused of fixing prices. The Financial Times reports.

The RM 56-02 watch incorporates a cable-suspension system within transparent sapphire. Although it sells for $2.2 million, all 10 of the watches that are being made have sold.

Richard Mille has taken prices, and watchmaking, to a new extreme with his latest watch, which touts a $2.2 million price tag.

Indian dabbawallahs push their carts laden with food, on their way to make lunch time food deliveries, through the streets of Mumbai.

Dabbawalas are the bikers who take tiffins to hungry eaters in Mumbai, and their system is so efficient FedEx has studied it. GP reports.

Beach chairs at a beach, Baltic Sea Spa Binz, Ruegen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

Expedia has released its annual "Flip Flop Report," surveying beach habits the world over, and Germans are most likely to go in the buff.

Holidays in orbit? Lift-off for space tourism Thu, 10 Jul '14 | 7:33 AM ET

Forty-five years after Neil Armstrong's moon landing, there are slew of companies wanting to make space travel as regular as airplane trips.

Now the World Cup is getting blamed for … Tue, 15 Jul '14 | 4:20 AM ET

June's headline 73 percent plunge in Singapore's new home sales may look worrying, but some analysts are pointing the blame at the World Cup.

The child character in Singapore's anti-gambling ad was mocked for worrying his father bet the piggybank on Germany. But the followup tips no payout.

Inflation fight brings Twitter to standstill Mon, 14 Jul '14 | 12:31 PM ET

It wasn't just a debate about inflation—it was must-watch television that captivated the world of Finance Twitter.