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The U.K.'s five richest families own more wealth than the poorest 20 percent of the country, according to new research.

City of smog: Alternate-day driving ban in Paris Mon, 17 Mar '14 | 11:36 AM ET

For nearly a week now, France has been on "pollution alert" with cities taking drastic action, but Paris went further - restricting drivers' car use to every other day.

MH370: Timeline of latest developments Mon, 24 Mar '14 | 11:35 PM ET

Malaysia airlines flight MH370 probably crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, authorities said. Here's a timeline of the latest developments.

The Alibaba ripple effect—who's next? Mon, 17 Mar '14 | 11:36 AM ET

With Alibaba's US IPO on the horizon, there is already a class of Internet stocks in Asia that could be the next WhatsApp, says Buzzfeed's Jon Steinberg.

Cashing in on the selfie: Fortune maker or fad? Mon, 17 Mar '14 | 10:08 AM ET
Ellen takes this selfie with fellow celebrities at the Academy Awards 2014.

The "Oscars Selfie" was a major coup for Samsung, but can companies actually make money from the latest trend?

Shares in a number of U.K. homebuilders surged over 5 percent after U.K. finance minister George Osborne revealed plans to build 120,000 new homes.

YouGov's BrandIndex, which measures daily brand perception among consumers, released its annual ranking of the best perceived beers among consumers.

Delta plane loses wing panel during flight Mon, 17 Mar '14 | 11:20 AM ET
Broken Delta wing pic posted by reddit user: "This happened mid-flight..whole plane shook"

A panel on a Delta aircraft wing fell off during a flight Sunday but did not impact the plane's ability to fly or land.

Twitter CEO Costolo to make first China visit Sun, 16 Mar '14 | 10:43 PM ET
A sign on the exterior of Twitter headquarters on Feb. 5, 2014, in San Francisco.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo will meet Shanghai government officials, academics and students in his first visit to China.

McDonald's in Kaifeng of Henan Province, China.

As competition in China's fast food industry stiffens, McDonald's is localizing its menu with local favorites like pork bites and soy milk. CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports.

A relative of a passenger onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cries at Lidu Hotel in Beijing, China.

As the search for missing Malaysia Airlines jet continues, the families of passengers and crew aboard flight 370 can only wait in rising frustration.

LNG tanker

The notion of the U.S. using natural gas exports to influence Russia's actions is easier said than done, some say.

The next big investor challenge: Correlation Sat, 15 Mar '14 | 9:00 AM ET
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on the afternoon of March 4, 2014.

Geopolitical and global growth turmoil haunting the markets has raised another specter: correlated assets that make diversification a headache.

Jeep goes big on bet to go small Sat, 15 Mar '14 | 1:00 PM ET
A Jeep Renegade SUV, is driven on to the stage during its launch at the 84th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, March 4, 2014.

The Jeep Renegade is the anchor of an aggressive plan to take the brand global.

The chairman of one of the U.K.'s biggest pub chains, JD Wetherspoon, said the future of the British boozer hinges on supermarkets being taxed the same rate for alcohol sales.

Wikipedia, Facebook slam US government spying Fri, 14 Mar '14 | 9:39 AM ET
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook, at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

The Wikipedia founder and Facebook boss slammed the U.S. government over its electronic surveillance methods.

The Australian dollar has long been driven by the currents of China's economy, but analysts say it's becoming increasingly resilient.

A man walks past a poster in Sevastopol on March 11, 2014 depicting Crimea in the colors of the Russian flag.

Billions of Western dollars in aid to Ukraine will likely end up in the coffers of the Russian government thanks to a bond clause.

UK bankers face bonus clawback in clampdown Thu, 13 Mar '14 | 8:39 AM ET

Misbehaving bankers could see their bonuses clawed back next year, under plans put forward by the Bank of England.

A jockey celebrates victory at Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 12, 2014

Known as the "greatest show on turf," the U.K.'s Cheltenham Festival of horseracing kicked off earlier this week with £3.825 million ($6.4 million) up for grabs in prize money.

Netflix sets sights on Europe for growth Thu, 13 Mar '14 | 11:16 AM ET

Netflix is betting on international expansion to keep its numbers up. The next stop is Europe, but it could be more difficult than expected.

What crisis? US millionaire count reaches record Thu, 13 Mar '14 | 10:52 AM ET

The number of millionaire households in America reached an all-time high in 2013.

E-commerce revolution drives Europe's IPO rush Thu, 13 Mar '14 | 10:42 AM ET

European retailers are flocking to list in 2014, but traditional high-street chains have been replaced by the online, discount and convenience players that are shaking up shopping.

Which central bank will be next to hike rates? Thu, 13 Mar '14 | 5:39 AM ET

New Zealand’s central bank raised borrowing costs to 2.75%, making it the first developed world central bank to hike rates since the credit crisis.

Pope Francis.

In his first year, Pope Francis' aggressive efforts to reform the Vatican's scandal-scarred financial apparatus show he's not all talk. NBC News reports.

Why bitcoin may be the future of corporate M&A Wed, 12 Mar '14 | 2:20 AM ET

You can already pay for a ticket to space or even buy a beer but companies are now looking to bitcoin to fund mergers and acquisitions.

French President François Hollande

Rocked by the storms surrounding his private life, French President Francois Hollande has turned to rap.

Necker Island, in the British Virgin Islands

Imagine the following help wanted ad. "Now Hiring: Candidate wanted to take a $1 million trip around the world—for free."

Are Dr Copper’s days numbered? Wed, 12 Mar '14 | 3:38 AM ET

Copper prices have long been seen as a temperature gauge for the global economy – but the 'Dr. Copper' mantle appears to be losing its shine.

The use of GPS trackers on the elderly - especially those with dementia - looks set to boom, and could even save the state money.