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  • How Farm Waste May Make Biofuels Matter Again Sunday, 19 May 2013 | 6:19 PM ET

    The renewable fuel sector struggles to find its voice in a world of renewed popularity for oil and gas. One part of that aims to transform agriculture waste into fuel.

  • North Korea fired a short-range missile from its east coast on Sunday, a day after launching three of these missiles, a South Korean news agency said.

  • These Tech Giants Covered by the Cloud, Too: Pros Sunday, 19 May 2013 | 12:05 AM ET

    Cloud computing remains a major secular trend in technology, but investors may not fully appreciate the benefits for Amazon and Google.

  • Northeast Japan Jolted by Earthquake Saturday, 18 May 2013 | 4:29 AM ET
    Shibuya district, Tokyo

    An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 jolted northeastern Japan on Saturday, but no tsunami warning was issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

  • 'Dirty Dozen': Singling Out 12 Worst Mutual Funds Saturday, 18 May 2013 | 12:35 AM ET

    High fees plus poor performance: The formula is pretty easy to determine what makes a bad mutual fund. Some, though, are worse than others.

  • Speeding Up Again: China House Prices Saturday, 18 May 2013 | 12:13 AM ET
    At a property trade fair in Beijing, China

    China's housing inflation quickened in April, marking the fourth consecutive year-on-year rise and challenging Beijing's efforts to cool record home prices while supporting economic expansion.

  • The World's Most Dangerous Waters Friday, 17 May 2013 | 11:45 AM ET
    An armed pirate sits while the Greek cargo ship MV Filitsa, which is being held by pirates, is anchored just off northeastern Somalia.

    Maritime pirates are honing their tactics and beefing up their weaponry. Here are the world’s most pirate-infested waters, and learn about individual attacks from each place.

  • Indonesia is ready for a sudden withdrawal of foreign funds from the country once major central banks around the world start unwinding their aggressive monetary stimulus, a senior Indonesian government official says.

  • Confusion: the Next Driver of Markets? Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 11:56 PM ET

    In a week dominated by talk about when the U.S. Federal Reserve will start unwinding its massive monetary stimulus program, a raft of weak U.S. economic data have introduced an element of confusion into the markets.

  • Japan Core Machinery Orders Surge in March Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 11:28 PM ET

    Japanese core machinery orders jumped a bigger-than-expected 14.2 percent in March in a sign a weaker yen are making companies more confident about investing in equipment.

  • Pandit Returns to Banking Via India Investment Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 10:52 PM ET
    Vikram Pandit

    Vikram Pandit, the former Citigroup chief executive, has returned to banking by investing in an Indian financial services group that hopes to launch a new lender. The Financial Times reports.

  • Honda Returns to Formula One After 7-Year Hiatus Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 10:43 PM ET
    The three-generation Honda Formula One cars, (front to rear)1965 Honda RA272, 1988 McLaren Honda MP4/4 and 2006 Honda RA106.

    Honda is returning to Formula One, confirming that it will renew its partnership with McLaren and supply the British team's engines from 2015. The Financial Times reports.

  • A Foxconn Work Week Still Too Long, Audit Finds Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 10:12 PM ET
    A Foxconn recruitment point in Shenzhen

    Foxconn has made substantial progress toward improving safety at its three Chinese plants, but it has not yet reduced the average workweek to the maximum allowed by Chinese law. The New York Times reports.

  • As Japan's Policy Bears Fruit, Will Europe Learn? Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 9:53 PM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaks in front of a flag of the European Union

    The paths of Japan and Europe, which have been the sick men of the world economy for years, diverged this week: Japan showed a robust first quarter growth while Europe fell deeper into recession. Will Europe learn from Japan? The NYT reports.

  • China's President Takes Charge of Sweeping Reforms Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 9:22 PM ET
    China's new President Xi Jinping (R) talks with former President Hu Jintao (L) on March 14, 2013 in Beijing, China.

    Chinese President Xi Jinping has taken charge of drawing up ambitious reform plans to revitalize the economy, shunning policy stimulus for fear it could worsen local government debt.

  • Why Is Samsung Chasing Apple's Suppliers? Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 7:16 PM ET

    Overtaking Apple as the world's leading maker of smartphones has stretched Samsung's in-house supply lines, and the South Korean firm is now courting some of its rival's main parts suppliers.

  • No Love: Even Bargain Hunters Don't Like Gold Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 4:19 PM ET

    Beaten-down gold just can't find any love. The yellow metal sold off for a sixth day, plunging nearly $30 at one point.

  • Here's What the Billionaires Are Buying Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 2:36 PM ET

    Hedge fund managers and investment gurus have to notify the SEC about their moves every quarter. Investors pore over this data in the belief the big fish have special insight.

  • Glencore Shareholders Dump Chairman in Coup Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 12:18 PM ET

    A shareholder coup at newly merged commodities group Glencore Xstrata ousted chairman Sir John Bond on Thursday, along with all other former directors from Xstrata.

  • Trend or Stunt? Maserati Smashed in China...Again Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 11:31 AM ET
    A wealthy Chinese businessman hired a crew to smash his Maserati Quattroporte at the Qingdao Auto Show. Here, the crew takes sledgehammers to the windshield of the supercar.

    A wealthy Chinese businessman hired a crew to smash his Maserati with sledgehammers to protest poor customer service, but the story is similar to another incident. Is this a trend or a stunt?

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