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Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment in New York City on Sunday.

Meet Indonesia's fearless restaurant tycoons Mon, 3 Feb '14 | 1:18 AM ET

Home to one of the youngest populations in the world, Indonesia is home to a new breed of entrepreneurs who are undeterred by high risks.

This photo taken on January 31, 2014 shows people walking under lanterns and decorations set up to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong. Chinese communities across Asia came together to usher in the Year of the Horse, with millions across China returning home to mark the holiday with their families.

The contraction in China's PMI has been blamed on the Chinese New Year, but some analysts argue that the dip is still reflective of slowing growth.

Which emerging market currency would you buy? Sun, 2 Feb '14 | 9:00 PM ET

Heavy selling in emerging market currencies hasn't stopped some traders from seeking out opportunities. Tell us which currency you would buy.

Nassim Taleb, author of "Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable"

There's nothing wrong in giving cheap money to the banks, says Nassim Taleb, Author of "The Black Swan" and "Antifragile," The problem, he adds, is not thinking of consequences or fixing the core of the problem.

A man holding an umbrella walks past a Louis Vuitton store in Shanghai.

While few companies will admit it, China's luxury market is quietly imploding. That means over the next five years luxury spending is going to be all about selling high-priced experiences in the U.S.

Germany must use military more, says president Sat, 1 Feb '14 | 12:38 AM ET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel,  walks past flags of the European Union and Germany.

Germany must use its armed forces more frequently and decisively, federal president Joachim Gauck has warned, the FT reports.

A "hard landing" for China, the world's second-largest economy would have global repercussions. What are the risks and who's most vulnerable?

File Photo: Nighttime view of the neon financial ticker on the Morgan Stanley headquarters.

"Too big to fail" banks—those that are so large that failure would be disastrous for their country's economy—still exist, according to RBS.

Will Argentina’s woes hit this country? Thu, 30 Jan '14 | 9:06 PM ET
Revelers of Mangueira samba school perform during the second night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 11, 2013.

Argentina's latest monetary ailment may prove contagious for some of its Latin American neighbors, and Brazil may the first to catch the fever.

Betting on the Super Bowl—Wall Street style Fri, 31 Jan '14 | 7:00 AM ET
Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos.

Wall Street guys will bet on ANYTHING. It's in their DNA. Former trader Raj Mahal offers up his bets on everything from the Super Bowl to Olympic curling.

The U.K. is being turned into a nation of thieves by the increasing number of self-service checkouts, a new survey indicates.

Superstorm Sandy hits Ortley Beach, New Jersey

Extreme weather poses one of the biggest risks to the global economy, experts warn, with some of world's largest cities in danger of being caught off-guard.

George Burgess

An exam revision app with content for most U.K. and U.S. secondary schools has been helped by over $1 million in funding.

Why an emerging markets panic may be justified Thu, 30 Jan '14 | 5:37 AM ET

Despite efforts from policymakers and central bankers, the emerging markets sell-off continues – and there are warnings this might be a long haul.

Alibaba and Tencent – are fighting a proxy war over the lucrative mobile payments market by backing rival taxi-hailing apps. The FT reports.

And the most attractive people drive a... Mon, 27 Jan '14 | 1:46 PM ET

If you’re single and planning a trip to the car dealership, the type of vehicle you decide on may determine your chances of finding love.

Models display lingerie creations from the Ravijour spring/summer collection on March 5, 2011.

A Japanese lingerie brand has produced a bra designed to stop women from being too 'hasty' in their romantic liaisons and to deter unwanted suitors.

Million-dollar homes: Super Bowl edition Thu, 30 Jan '14 | 1:32 PM ET
The Baltimore entry

Seven homes are competing in CNBC's Super Bowl of million-dollar homes. And the champion is ...

A 10-meter tall horse-shaped lantern adorn the street of Chinatown on January 11, 2014 in Singapore.

Asia may have grown more modern, but Chinese around the region still turn to local geomancers for advice as the year of the wooden horse gallops in.

As the year of the horse gets underway, horse racing in Singapore is taking off.

The Beijing city government is trying to rein in fireworks if they contribute to severe smog during the forthcoming lunar new year. The FT reports.

Spending on the international transfer of soccer players soared to $3.7 billion in 2013, according to FIFA.

The horse is seen as one of the most auspicious animals in the Chinese zodiac, so it's no surprise that many expect to see bumper birth rates this year. CNBC's Emily Tan reports.

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England

BoE Governor Mark Carney said a currency union between the U.K. and an independent Scotland needed certain foundations to avert risks.

Emerging crisis? China's North Korea dilemma Wed, 29 Jan '14 | 7:00 AM ET
In this Oct. 24, 2011 file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, meets with late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, front right, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Amid reports of more executions and political tension in North Korea, the regime is moving forward on economic policies, increasingly tied to China.

Why you don’t need to cry over Argentina Wed, 29 Jan '14 | 12:38 AM ET

Although Argentina's latest crisis has spurred contagion fears, the spilled milk isn't likely to flow over other emerging markets, analysts said.

Singapore airport visitors soar to record high Wed, 29 Jan '14 | 2:51 AM ET
Singapore Airlines Ltd. flight staff walk through Changi Airport in Singapore, on Wednesday, July 27, 2011.

Singapore's Changi airport handled a record 53.7 million passengers last year, said Changi Airport Group, as travel appetite across the region soars.

Europe's emerging economies are keen to promote cultural heritage but are vampires, communism and hedonistic bachelor breaks the way to boost tourism?

World Cup host Qatar has been downgraded to "extreme risk" for working conditions, following multiple deaths at its sporting construction sites.