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    Soldiers danced in Pyongyang's plazas as North Korea announced Wednesday that leader Kim Jong Un was named marshal, a title cementing his status atop the authoritarian nation's military as he makes key changes to the 1.2 million-man force.

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    Gillian Tett of the Financial Times says markets may be headed for another "summer curse" and she points to five reasons why.

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    The price of the world’s most important oil benchmark is being boosted by South Korean refiners buying on the back of a tax loophole involving North Sea oil, the Financial Times reports.

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    Chinese GDP disappoints and Singapore is tightening its purse strings - it's time for your Friday FX Fix.

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    North Korea is once again testing relations with the world, as it prepares to test-fire a long-range missile in the face of strong warnings from the United States.

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    "The economy has got some positives: it's got the market, it's got consumer confidence, and it's got central bankers throwing money around the world," says Jack Welch, former GE chairman & CEO, discussing stocks, the U.S. economy and the upcoming presidential election. Also, Larry Kudlow reports the UN Security Council has called an emergency session over a North Korean rocket launch.

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    In a move designed to shore up his standing, Kim Jong-un received the title of 'first secretary' ahead of the centennial of his grandfather's birth and an anticipated rocket launch, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

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    Japanese officials talk about curbing the yen's rise, but whether it's just chatter - or whether it will work - is unclear.

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    North Korea rattles the won and Dublin has a billion-euro house - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Kristen Welker, NBC News, reports North Korea surprised the world by announcing it will halt nuclear activities in exchange for food aid. Should the U.S. trust the moratorium deal? Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey, U.S. Army, provides perspective.

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    North Korea's step towards a nuclear moratorium is a positive sign, but strategists say the market response may be relatively muted until its government follows up its pledge with real action. 

  • China's Leverage Over North Korea Waning

    Nicholas Consonery, China Analyst, Eurasia Group explains why he thinks China's influence over North Korea has been weakening in recent years.

  • This photo taken on September 24, 2010 shows the Ariang mass gymnastics featuring 100,000 performers to depict the development of North Korea and its origins under the leadership of Kim Il-Sung at May Day Stadium in Pyongyang to mark the 65th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

    In the political world, Kim Jong il of North Korea was a despot and nuclear antagonist. In the sporting world, he might have been the only guy ever to wear platform shoes, a bouffant hairdo and “Dear Leader” embroidered on his bowling shirt.

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    While the Pentagon is always planning for contingencies, it was particularly prescient in its choice of war games the week before North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il's death, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • A sudden turn of events usually presents opportunities for traders, and on Monday North Korea’s Kim Jong-il died very suddenly.

  • BK Looks to Short South Korea

    Sharing perspective on how the death of North Korea's Kim Jong-Il will impact the markets, with Brian Kelly, Shelter Harbor Capital co-founder.

  • North Koreans Mourn Their 'Dear Leader'

    North Koreans across the country mourn the death of Kim Jong il, the dictator also known as the "Dear Leader."

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    Kim Jong Il KOs the won, and the euro eases as investors get edgy - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Is Kim Jong Il's Death a Non-Event?

    CNBC's Kiho Kim discusses the impact of Kim Jong Il's death. Will his heir apparent retain power, or will the military usurp and make Kim Jong il's death a "non-event?" Robert Doll, BlackRock, discusses. Doll also discusses the evolution of the European debt crisis.

  • U.S. Response to Kim Jong Il's Death

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Il died of a heart attack yesterday. CNBC's John Harwood discusses the Obama administration's response, and what could happen next.