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  • Why Is India Launching a Probe Into Wal-Mart? Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 6:41 PM ET
    Wal-Mart signage is seen in the parking lot of the store in Mexico City, Mexico.

    India's government has announced an inquiry into the lobbying practices of Wal-Mart after a report that the giant retailer had pressed U.S. lawmakers to help gain access to foreign markets.

  • Coal Miner Bumi Moves Towards Bakrie Divorce Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 6:24 PM ET

    Indonesia-focused miner Bumi moved closer to divorcing the Bakrie family that co-founded it, announcing the departure of its Bakrie-supported chief executive and plans to sell its stake in unit Bumi Resources soon.

  • Australia's GrainCorp Rejects ADM Offer Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 6:17 PM ET

    GrainCorp rejected on Thursday a sweetened $2.9 billion bid from U.S. agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland.

  • Here Are the Top Trending Stocks Searched on Google Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 3:52 PM ET

    What stock did people in the U.S. Google the most in 2012? To no surprise whatsoever, it was Facebook.

  • Fed to Keep Easing, Sets Target for Rates Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 2:44 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve met market expectations Wednesday with another round of easing, this time with a pledge to keep interest rates low until unemployment falls below 6.5 percent and inflation tops 2.5 percent.

  • Stuff These Luxuries in Your Stockings Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 2:41 PM ET

    Many presents fit comfortably in a stocking convey indulgence and extravagance. CNBC.com presents 10 luxury gifts whose small sizes are offset by large price tags.

  • Yen Has More Room to Slide: Pro Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 1:15 PM ET

    Land of the rising sun? Not so much, says this pro. He expects yen weakness to continue for some time.

  • Are Today’s Graduates Unemployable? Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 9:30 AM ET

    Employers are struggling to fill entry-level vacancies, Diana Farrell, Diana Farrell, Director and Co-founder at the McKinsey Center for Government told CNBC

  • OPEC Agrees to Keep 30 Million Bpd Oil Target: Delegates Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 7:39 AM ET

    OPEC agreed on Wednesday to hold its oil production limit unchanged at 30 million barrels a day, delegates at the meeting said. Ministers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries continued in closed session to debate who should be the group's next secretary general. They were divided over candidacies from Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

  • North Korea Launches Rocket in Defiance of Critics Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 4:10 AM ET
    A man watches a TV screen broadcasting news on North Korea's rocket launch, at a railway station in Seoul on December 12, 2012.

    North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to its opponents.

  • Oil Market Going Through 'Violent' Structural Change: IEA Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 3:35 AM ET
    Workers change pipes

    The oil market may appear calm but the International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned that recent data show the market is actually undergoing violent structural changes.

  • India Industrial Output Jumps 8.2%, Beats Forecast Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 1:36 AM ET

    A big surge in manufacturing output pushed India's industrial growth to its highest in more than a year in October.

  • IMF Warns of Correction in Hong Kong Property Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 12:55 AM ET

    The sharp run-up in Hong Kong house prices raises the risk of an abrupt correction and the government should take further steps if necessary to contain risks arising from the property market, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday.

  • And the Best Place to Work in 2013 Is...? Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    Where are employees most satisfied in their jobs? Beer tasters at Sam Adams? Photographers at Playboy? Shoppers for Saks? Mickey at Disneyland? No, Facebook.

  • HSBC Became Bank to Drug Cartels, Pays Big for Lapses Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 | 11:15 PM ET

    Mexican authorities told the CEO of HSBC's Mexico unit that a local drug lord referred to the bank as the "place to launder money," U.S. prosecutors said, as they announced a record $1.92 billion settlement with the British bank.

  • A measure of Australian consumer confidence pulled back in December as households fretted on the outlook for the economy and finances.

  • Move Over Amazon, Here Comes a China Juggernaut Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 | 9:00 PM ET
    Student in front of an online Taobao shop.

    Millions of Chinese shoppers are turning to the web, fueling a booming $64 billion e-commerce market, as a local player gets set to overtake Amazon as the world's biggest online retailer by 2016.

  • Chinese Inventors Take Patent Crown From US: Report Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 | 7:53 PM ET

    China has overtaken the United States to become the world's biggest processor of patent applications, giving an innovative edge to Beijing's economic and industrial clout.

  • Is South Korea Ready for 'Madam President'? Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 | 7:40 PM ET
    Park Geun-hye

    If Park Geun-hye wins South Korea's presidential election this month, she will become the first woman to hold the country's top office, challenging stereotypes in a nation that is largely run by men in blue suits.

  • Bottles of Suntory Holdings whisky bottles displayed at the company's distillery.  Suntory Holdings is Japan's third-largest brewer.

    Japan's Suntory Holdings plans to raise up to $6 billion in an initial public offering of its food and non-alcoholic beverage unit.

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