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  • The World's Hardest Working Nations Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | 12:27 PM ET
    Which countries are among the world's busiest and hard est -working nations?  latest Society at a Glance survey investigated the number of hours the population of its member countries spent in both paid and unpaid work (whether at working at home or in voluntary work), as well as how much time people spent in leisure activities. It also looked at a number of emerging market countries including India, South Africa and China. While you may assume you know which countries have the ‘work ethic , ’ t

    While you may have an idea of the countries that have the strongest ‘work ethic,’ the results may surprise you.

  • Osama Dead: The World Reacts Monday, 2 May 2011 | 11:09 AM ET
    Thousands of people poured into the streets outside the White House and in New York City early Monday, waving U.S. flags, cheering and honking horns to celebrate al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's death. Almost 10 years after the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington that killed nearly 3,000 people, residents found joy, comfort and closure with the death of the mastermind of the plot. For many, it was a historic, long-overdue moment. Following are images from the celebrations and

    Thousands of people poured into the streets outside the White House and in New York City waving U.S. flags, cheering and honking horns to celebrate al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's death.

  • World's Most Expensive Casino Properties Sunday, 1 May 2011 | 7:20 PM ET
    The world's gaming industry depends on delivering that larger than life experience so that it can keep drawing in millions of gamblers each month. The worldwide casino industry is expected to deliver revenues of $144 billion this year alone.Little wonder, gaming companies are constantly trying to outdo themselves with the most extravagant properties. From recreating Venice on a little island in East Asia to building replicas of Parisian monuments in Vegas, casino projects are often the most oste

    Gaming companies are constantly trying to outdo themselves with the most extravagant properties. Click to read about some of the most expensive casino properties ever built.

  • World's Most Expensive Casino Properties Sunday, 1 May 2011 | 6:58 PM ET
    The world's gaming industry depends on delivering that larger than life experience so that it can keep drawing in millions of gamblers each month. The worldwide casino industry is expected to deliver revenues of $144 billion this year alone.Little wonder, gaming companies are constantly trying to outdo themselves with the most extravagant properties. From recreating Venice on a little island in East Asia to building replicas of Parisian monuments in Vegas, casino projects are often the most oste

    From recreating Venice on a little island in East Asia to building replicas of Parisian monuments in Vegas, casino projects are often the most ostentatious and expensive private constructions.

  • Life on the Lam: Financial Fugitives Friday, 29 Apr 2011 | 3:47 PM ET
    Scam artists come and go, but those that do their dirty deeds and leave the authorities holding the bag are few and far between. Some aren't so clever, and end up being caught quickly. But others live for years hiding in remote parts of the world, or living in plain view, protected by a lack of extradition agreements. They're cunning, clever and sometimes considered very, very dangerous.Here, we take a look at some of the most notorious financial fugitives of the last 25 years. Some are living l

    Here, we take a look at some of the most notorious financial fugitives of the last 25 years. Some are living life on the lam, others are doing time in the can.

  • It takes a lot to shift the course of an industry. For every truly disruptive company, there are dozens that try and fail – and plenty of copycats that follow, but fall short of the new model. Being disruptive doesn't always mean being first to the market with an idea. It's about executing it better than any competitor – and staying ahead of the curve from there. So, which products and companies that have changed the way the world does business? Click ahead for the list!

    So, which products and companies that have changed the way the world does business? Click ahead for the list!

  • Biggest Waterfront Homes Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 5:57 PM ET
    When the “location location location” is “waterfront, waterfront, waterfront,” high-end real estate enters a whole new plane—often one with multihued sunset views. We sought out the largest examples of waterfront mansions—from “smallest” (a mere 10,000 or so square feet) to some of the largest ones on the market. Here are ten such amazing residences, provided by  and . Click ahead and let the shimmery real estate fantasies commence.

    We sought out the largest examples of waterfront mansions—from “smallest” (a mere 10,000 or so square feet) to some of the largest ones on the market. Here are ten such amazing residences.

  • The Homes of Donald Trump Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 4:15 PM ET
    Donald Trump has been making a lot of headlines lately. However, that’s nothing new. His career began in the 1960s, when he took a foreclosed Cincinnati apartment complex and turned it around for a tidy profit. Then he turned his attention to revitalizing pieces of Manhattan real estate that had been forsaken during its 1970s financial crisis. After restoring Central Park’s Wollman Rink in the 1980s, he gained the high profile that he enjoys today, and it shows no signs of abating. Trump is most

    Click to see the real estate properties that Donald Trump has called home in the last few years, and a few that represent his company’s future.

  • Scenes From The 2011 Tornadoes Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 3:49 PM ET
    2011 has been a tough year for US residents in areas affected by tornadoes. Most recently, Joplin, Missouri was hit by a massive tornado that is thought to be the deadliest in 60 years. Earlier in the year, dozens of massive tornadoes tore a town-flattening streak across the Southeastern U.S., killing at least 250 people in six states and forcing rescuers to carry some survivors out on makeshift stretchers of splintered debris. Although the economic losses are not yet clear, the devastation caus

    2011 has been a difficult year for those in the South and Midwest United States. Following are a collection of images that show the destruction created from the tornadoes this year.

  • Coolest Small Cars Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 11:31 AM ET
    Not so long ago, boat-sized cars cruised the motorways of this wide-open country. If you wanted to see a tiny car, you’d have to go to Europe or watch a Mentos ad (which looked suspiciously like they were shot in Europe). But with the continuing interest in fuel efficiency and smaller carbon footprints, microcars have grown more common, with new compact concept cars springing up at every auto show. While of fuel economy and environmental concerns provide much of the motivation for buying a small

    With the continuing interest in fuel efficiency and smaller carbon footprints, microcars have grown more common, with new compact concept cars springing up at every auto show. Here are some outstanding favorites.

  • Royal Wedding Memorabilia Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 9:52 AM ET
    As the wedding bells ring for Prince William and his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton, retailers across Britain will hear the cash registers chime. With over 600,000 tourists expected to visit London for the occasion and another estimated 2.5 billion viewers worldwide, they are keen to cash in on the royal wedding and shelves are stacked with souvenirs ranking from weird to wonderful. From the “lie back and think of England” Crown Jewels condoms to the “throne-up” sick bags, CNBC has listed t

    Here, we bring you the most unusual and tacky royal wedding goodies. Celebrate the big day in style with these highly sought-after, if a little bizarre, collectibles.

  • America's Most Stolen Cars Wednesday, 27 Apr 2011 | 7:29 PM ET
    Roughly 800,000 to one million cars are stolen in America every single year. Many of the same models are on the list every year but it’s not just because they’re the most popular vehicles.It’s primarily because they have parts that don’t change much from year to year – and most cars are stolen for the parts, not to drive around, explained Geoff Keah, a special investigator for  So, thieves who steal a 1994 model, for example, could sell the parts to use in models for 1995, 1996, etc.That’s why y

    Roughly 800,000 to one million cars are stolen in America every single year. Here are the top 10 most stolen cars in America — and why buyers as well as thieves love them.

  • How Rich Are The British Royals? Wednesday, 27 Apr 2011 | 1:51 PM ET
    The British Royalty will take the world spotlight with the upcoming wedding between Prince William and Princess-to-be Kate Middleton, but the family will walk a fine line between royal extravagance and social consciousness during a period of British austerity. It is no secret that the royal family is one of the wealthiest in the country, but the question remains - just how wealthy are they and what do they actually own? CNBC has investigated the holdings of the royal family, including what they

    CNBC has investigated the holdings of the royal family, including what they do – and what they do not – own. So, how rich are the royals? Find out!

  • Countries Most Vulnerable To Food Shock Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 12:18 PM ET
    Recent events in the Middle east and northern Africa have show that the supply and price of food can lead to major social unrest and even the downfall of a government. Many in the developed world take food for granted, but in most developing nations it can be a daily struggle and a life-and-death issue. The global recession of 2008-09 took some the wind out of surging agricultural prices, but there's growing concern that globalization will ultimately tax food supplies. Population and income grow

    Many in the developed world take food for granted, but in most developing nations it can be a daily struggle and a life-and-death issue. Click to see which countries are most vulnerable to food shock.

  • Asia's Most High-Profile Weddings Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 8:34 AM ET
    All eyes turn to London this week, as the world awaits what’s being hailed as “the royal wedding of the century.”Prince William and Kate Middleton are tying the knot on April 29. The Royal wedding will be celebrated as a public holiday that will reportedly cost the British economy over $8 billion. In anticipation of the pending nuptials, we’ve put together a list of Asia's most high-profile weddings.We chose the celebrations with big budgets and big celebrity names that drew headlines across the

    From exotic locations to lavish extravagance and some very famous guests, click to view the weddings of Asia’s rich and famous!

  • Building a Brazilian Oil Platform Monday, 25 Apr 2011 | 1:12 PM ET
    Since 2006, Brazil has been committed to energy self-sufficiency and with the discovery of vast oil fields over the last decade, the country has emerged as a major player in the world’s energy markets. Petrobras, the largest company in the Southern Hemisphere by market capitalization, is in prime position to explore Brazil’s vast reserves and is quickly building oil platforms to tap these resources. These new state-of-the-art platforms are multi-year, multi-billion-dollar projects that are speed

    What does it look like from inside these innovative Brazilian oil platforms? Click for a tour of the newest Petrobras platform under construction, P-56.

  • Highlights From the Shanghai Auto Show 2011 Sunday, 24 Apr 2011 | 7:42 PM ET
    China overtook the US in 2009 to become the world's largest car market and a record 16.4 million cars were sold in 2010. This week, the world’s largest automakers descended on Shanghai to launch their latest models in an attempt to increase their market share in this rapidly growing market.

    The 14th annual Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition features 2,000 carmakers and parts suppliers from 20 countries. Check out the highlights!

  • Rock Stars of Technology Saturday, 23 Apr 2011 | 11:16 AM ET
    There’s a disconnect for many kids in America between the science and technology they study in school and the real world. Most kids know what an iPhone is but have no idea who Steve Jobs is.“I need scientists and engineers who would be what LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal are to their industry,” said Dean Kamen the inventor of the and founder of  an organization designed to help foster innovations by kids in science and technology. “You need to put world class pros in front of kids.”The tide o

    Here are more than a dozen of the most influential innovators of the last century, names you probably haven't heard of, even though their innovations changed our lives.

  • Where Have I Seen That Island? Thursday, 21 Apr 2011 | 4:32 PM ET
    Some movies are clearly shot on island locations, but where exactly are those beaches and palm fronds and mountains and volcanoes and huts? It’s important to know—purely to investigate the culture, ecology, and history of said island, and not because it would make a great place to vacation. Certain movie franchises, like James Bond and Pirates of the Caribbean, are filmed on pretty much every beautiful tropical island. There are far too many to catalog them all here, but we will touch on some. (

    Some movies are clearly shot on island locations, but where exactly are those beaches and palm fronds and mountains and volcanoes and huts?

  • 2011 New York International Auto Show Highlights Thursday, 21 Apr 2011 | 10:57 AM ET
    With gas prices on the rise across the country and around the world, automotive manufacturers are retooling their vehicles to perform better. How far are some auto manufacturers willing to go to stretch a gallon of gas?The 2011 New York International Auto Show rolls into town this year with more fuel-efficient vehicles across the market, giving buyers an array of choices to choose from. Whether it is a turbo diesel SUV or an electric hybrid sedan, they are trying to offer something for everyone

    Whether it is a turbo diesel SUV or an electric hybrid sedan, the 2011 New York International Auto Show has something for everyone.

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