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  • 'James Bond' cars go on display Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 11:53 AM ET

    The world's most famous secret agent's gadgets are coming to the London Film Museum. But if looking is not enough, all you need money—lots of it!

  • Crimea, Scotland…now Venice votes on breakaway Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 2:29 AM ET
    Voters leave a polling station after having casted their vote in Venice, Italy

    The number of regions striving for independence is growing: this week Venetians have been voting on breaking away from Italy, albeit in a referendum not recognized by the authorities.

  • Merkel: US shale gas imports an option for Europe Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that imports of U.S. shale gas could eventually be an option for European countries seeking to diversify their energy sources.

  • Hollande braces for losses in French local vote Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 6:39 AM ET

    On Sunday, millions of French people will go to the polls for the first round of town hall elections, a vote that could punish the ruling socialist party and lead to a cabinet reshuffle.

  • Sarkozy denounces 'Stasi' phone-tapping Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has attacked the phone-tapping conducted by magistrates investigating him, breaking his silence on the subject to liken the actions to those of the "Stasi" police of former Communist East Germany.

  • A Victorian solution to London's housing crisis? Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 12:25 AM ET

    A relaxation of London's planning laws will make it easier for developers to transform the captial's crumbling Victorian warehouses into flats.

  • EU adds 12 names to Russia sanctions, mulls further steps Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 11:00 PM ET
    Russian armed forces stand guard around the Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalne, 20 km south of Simferopol.

    The EU is prepared to take further action against Russia if tensions with Ukraine escalate, leaders from three EU countries told CNBC.

  • Twitter outages in Turkey after PM threatens ban Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 7:29 PM ET

    Twitter users in Turkey reported widespread outages on Friday, hours after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan threatened to ban the social media platform.

  • Europe adds 12 names to Russia sanctions Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 8:31 PM ET
    Troops displaying no identifying insignia but were mingling with local pro-Russian militants stand guard outside a government building on March 2, 2014, in Simferopol, Ukraine.

    European leaders added 12 people to a list of those subject to travel bans and asset freezes for their part in Russia's seizure of Crimea on Thursday.

  • S&P downgrades Russian outlook to 'negative' Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 1:37 PM ET
    Soldiers guard the Crimean parliament in Simferopol next to a sign that reads: "Crimea Russia."

    Standard & Poor's revised the outlook for the Russian Federation on Thursday to "negative" from "stable" on rising geopolitical and economic risks.

  • The Bank of England

    An ex-Credit Suisse trader has been fined £662,700 ($1.1 million) and banned from the industry for manipulating the U.K. bond market.

  • Ukraine: What next for battered economy? Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 6:58 AM ET
    Russian paramilitaries stand guard outside of a Ukrainian military base in the town of Perevevalne near the Crimean city of Simferopol on March 11, 2014 in Perevevalne, Ukraine.

    Ukraine is still reeling from the apparent loss of Crimea and trouble on its Eastern borders, but economic battles may ultimately be more important.

  • Irish bank bailout estimate was $65 billion short Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 7:37 AM ET

    Merrill Lynch advised the Irish government that just 16.4 billion euro ($22.6 billion) would be needed to rescue its banks from collapse in 2008.

  • Strauss-Kahn hedge fund aims to raise $2 billion Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 7:15 AM ET
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn

    A macro hedge fund launched by controversial ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's firm, is aiming to raise $2 billion.

  • Russia retaliates to sanctions, bars 9 US officials Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 1:51 PM ET
    Russia has imposed sanctions on nine U.S. officials including John Boehner, Harry Reid and John McCain, in response to U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia.

    Russia says it has imposed entry bans on nine U.S. lawmakers and officials in retaliation to Washington's sanctions over Crimea.

  • Handbag wars: The great luxury goods divide Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 9:16 AM ET

    France's Hermes - maker of the iconic Kelly and Birkin leather handbags - posted a solid set of numbers Thursday, while across the Channel the CEO of Mulberry quit in the latest bout of turbulence for the group.

  • 'Dire' consequences loom for jobless Europe Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 4:11 AM ET
    Public sector employees shout slogans during a demonstration against layoffs in Athens

    While there are reasons for "cautious optimism" as the euro zone shows signs of economic recovery, high unemployment will fall by just one percentage point in the next four years.

  • Draghi hails 'great progress' after banking union deal Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 12:37 PM ET
    Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB)

    ECB President Mario Draghi hailed the "great progress" made by the EU, after negotiators agreed to complete the region's banking union.

  • EU leaders hold critical talks on Russian sactions Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 7:37 AM ET
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin gestures after signing a treaty on the Ukrainian Black Sea Crimea peninsula becoming part of Russia in the Kremlin in Moscow on March 18, 2014.

    As Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrates his seizure of Crimea, EU leaders hold critical talks on Thursday on how to respond.

  • Credit Agricole eyes 60% profit rise by 2016 Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 2:18 AM ET

    Credit Agricole aims to lift net profit by 60 percent to over 4 billion euros ($5.56 billion) in 2016, the French bank said on Thursday.

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