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Couple looks at light-emitting diode illuminations ahead of Christmas in Tokyo, Japan

Christmas Eve surpasses Valentine's Day as the romantic dinner event for Japanese couples, but it highlights two major problems: low wages and low birth rates.

Asia’s top travel destination for 2015 is… Sun, 21 Dec '14 | 5:53 PM ET

Japanese cities are the top destinations for Asia-Pacific travelers next year, Hotels.com told CNBC.

Irish Senate halted over drunk disagreement Mon, 22 Dec '14 | 10:54 AM ET
A general view of Leinster House which houses the Seanad chamber, also known as the upper house of the Irish parliament, is pictured in Dublin, Ireland.

Ireland's upper legislative house, the Seanad Éireann, was briefly adjourned last week over arguments about whether lawmakers were drunk.

A DJI Innovations Phantom remote-controlled drone

Even amid safety and privacy concerns, drones are "flying" off store shelves. Why? Mass productions has made them more affordable.

A year in hacks: The top   Mon, 22 Dec '14 | 8:27 AM ET
Malware, spam, virus, cybersecurity

Multinationals were the target of many cyberattacks this year in which dozens of million of consumer information were stolen. Here are the top 5.

Heavy security surrounds the entrance of the United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, Dec. 11, 2014.

After Obama's criticism, Sony said theaters' decision not to show "The Interview" forced the studio to halt the release.

Will gold tarnish or shine in 2015? Thu, 18 Dec '14 | 6:20 PM ET
Selection of gold coins at London auction house.

Resurgence in gold demand from China and India, the world's biggest consumers, is set to restore some shine to the yellow metal in 2015.

Facebook's losing its teen cool—again: Study Fri, 19 Dec '14 | 11:04 AM ET
Facebook's popularity slips

Fewer teenagers are using Facebook, according to a new report. Here's where they're going.

What needs to happen next in Iraq Fri, 19 Dec '14 | 5:27 PM ET
Peshmerga fighters departed from the Zommar district arrive in the Sinun town of Sinjar district of Mosul, to fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, in Iraq on December 19, 2014.

The next thing that needs to happen in Iraq is liberating Mosul, says David Phillips. Here's how local leaders envision it.

Hipster hangouts: Cereal, bikes and Brecht Fri, 19 Dec '14 | 1:28 AM ET

Cereal Killer Cafe opened last week in London's hip East End. Here, CNBC looks at some of world's craziest hipster hangouts.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's popular track "Welcome to New York" is part of a campaign to boost New York City tourism.

Behind the scenes of the 'tedious' EU summit

CNBC's Hadley Gamble takes a look at what it's like to cover a European Union leaders summit, and why the canteen's yellow cake is infamous.

Top five stories for 2014 are...   Fri, 19 Dec '14 | 7:00 AM ET

CNBC takes a look at the big business stories of 2014

The Facebook "Like" sign outside headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

Facebook users could soon sell goods by writing a simple post on a group, the social networking site confirmed.

A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, December 11, 2014.

Hollywood, politicians, techies and others react to Sony's 'unprecedented' decision to cancel next week's release of the controversial film "The Interview".

The idyllic islands of the Maldives are receiving a lot of attention from wealthy real-estate entrepreneurs, property investment firms told CNBC.

Have frontier markets lost their mojo? Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 6:00 PM ET

Frontier markets' attraction has long been billed as the opportunity for uncorrelated returns, but oil's sharp drop may be undermining that premise.

UK businesses less negative about EU   Thu, 18 Dec '14 | 7:13 AM ET
UK businesses less negative about EU

As U.K. political parties fight on the country's membership into the EU, a new survey reveals businesses are turning increasingly positive about the Union.

Place your bets! Is the Queen abdicating? Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 11:03 AM ET

The Queen's Christmas speech this year could be one to watch out for, as gamblers place bets on whether she will abdicate her role.

Saying 'I do' goes high-tech in India Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 6:07 PM ET

In India, where the overall wedding market is pegged at a whopping $40 billion, matrimonial websites have hit the big time.

Russians move into bitcoin as ruble tanks Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 11:51 AM ET

Transaction volumes between the ruble and digital currency bitcoin enjoyed their biggest day of the year on Tuesday.

A worker is shown in a factory in Yiwu, China, Feb. 18, 2014.

With disappointing economic data chasing China into the new year, HSBC is cutting its growth forecasts, citing five key themes for the economy.

Jack Ma

Here's some news that should cheer up Jack Ma from his funk. Of all the billionaires in the world, he had the biggest jump in his fortune this year.

Greece's presidential election: Why it matters Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 1:08 AM ET

Greece's lawmakers vote in a snap presidential election Wednesday and the result could spark further political uncertainty and economic turmoil.

2014 warmest year in Europe since 1500s Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 2:01 AM ET

Climate change is very likely to have helped make 2014 Europe's warmest year since the 1500s, scientists have found.

A 52-year old Ferrari smashed records for the most expensive car ever sold at auction. The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold for $34.65M by Bonhams at this year’s Pebble Beach Classic Car Auctions.

No matter how you look at it, 2014 was a record-breaking year for luxury goods. A look back at the "mosts."

Happy 25th birthday The Simpsons!   Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 9:00 AM ET
Happy 25th birthday The Simpsons!

The Simpsons celebrate their 25th birthday this December and we take a look at the figures behind the world-famous franchise.

The 16-hour Sydney hostage crisis came to a tragic end in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Russian economy: When it all went wrong   Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 6:14 AM ET

As the Russian Central Bank continues to fight off the effect of international sanctions and the weak ruble, CNBC goes over the timeline of how it all went wrong.

Top Google search for 2014 is...   Mon, 15 Dec '14 | 7:00 PM ET
Top Google search for 2014 is...

CNBC's Phil Han reports on what was the most searched thing on Google for 2014.