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    The price of uranium could receive a boost from renewed instability in the Middle East if governments turn again to nuclear power, an industry executive told CNBC.

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    Japan and South Korea are seeking new suppliers of crude oil to lessen their dependence on Iran, in response to US pressure to stop buying from the country. The Financial Times reports.

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    It is one of the big ironies of global markets. At a time of fears over sovereign debt, foreign ownership of Japanese government bonds — the world’s most indebted country — has never been higher. The Financial Times reports.

  • Crowds crossing the famous Shibuya Crossing intersection at the centre of Shibuya's fashionable shopping and entertainment district, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.

    The Fed has played a very important role in stabilizing our economy and financial systems, and it continues to do so today. However, the economy and markets will only return to a healthy state when investors shift focus from anticipating government’s next move to anticipating organic improvement in corporate earnings.

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    Walk around the Detroit Auto Show and one thing stands out: America's automakers are coming on strong when it comes to cars.  Gone are the days when Detroit's cars lagged the sedans you saw from overseas. 

  • Toyota President Shares 2012 Outlook

    Discussing whether Toyota can regain sales momentum in 2012 following a tumultuous year in 2011 when the tsnuami in Japan offset production, with Jim Lentz, Toyota U.S.A. president, and CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Detroit Auto Show 2012

    There hasn't been this type of energy at the Detroit Auto Show in years. To quote Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, "It's a different world. It's like a throwback to the 90's. This is the kind of atmosphere we used to have at the Detroit Auto Show when things were going well."

  • Carlos Ghosn on Nissan Sales

    Nissan had a rough 2011 with the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, as well as flooding in Thailand -- all had a severe impact on production. Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Motor CEO, discusses sales in 2011 and his outlook for 2012.

  • Detroit Auto Show 2012 - A CNBC Special Report

    Car and truck sales are jumping, as new models catch on,  and market share is inching up.

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    After three long and tumultuous years, there's a far different feeling about the Detroit Auto Show. For 2012, you could say, the buzz has returned. For automakers and auto fans, it's long overdue.

  • Nikkei Business Report

    A summary of the trading day in Tokyo with the Nikkei's Makiko Utsuda.

  • December auto sales told us the American car buyer is not only finding their way back into the showroom, but what they are (or not) buying.

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    Multi-billion dollar corruption in India and a whopping 36 percent cut in the salary for Singapore's prime minister have once again raised the question: How much should politicians be paid?

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    It was a problem the Saito family had never faced in all their years of farming: what do you do with radioactive spinach?

  • Ford December Auto Sales Up

    Ford December auto sales are up 10 percent, revealing a positive result for the automaker, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Crowds crossing the famous Shibuya Crossing intersection at the centre of Shibuya's fashionable shopping and entertainment district, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.

    Volumes of Samurai bonds — yen-denominated bonds issued by non-Japanese entities — hit a 15-year high in 2011, and could be 20 percent higher in 2012, a Tokyo-based analyst told

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    From growing your own food to conserving energy, guest blogger Terry Tamminen offers strategies to save the planet and money — just in time for new year's resolution season.

  • Straight of Hormuz map

    Pending sanctions against Iran are designed to cause swifter economic pain than past penalties, and Iran is ramping up rhetoric in response.

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    Euro worries persist, the pound is weighed down, and the Swiss are shopping overseas - time for your FX Fix.