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The world's biggest risks


  • C-suite shakeup hits pharma company under fire Thursday, 5 Nov 2015 | 8:29 AM ET
    SUBSYS image from video

    Michael Babich, CEO of Insys Therapeutics, which is subject to several state and federal inquiries about its painkiller Subsys, is out.

  • Kim Jong Un's government is focused on this Wednesday, 4 Nov 2015 | 2:15 PM ET
    South Korea's players toss their Dutch coach, Guus Hiddink, in the air in celebration on June 29, 2002, at the World Cup Stadium in Daegu, South Korea, after their surprise fourth-place finish in the World Cup.

    A famous coach wants to bring soccer to North Korea. While sports can play a diplomacy role, markets in the nation may have bigger impact.

  • A drug stock skyrocketing from painkiller profits Wednesday, 4 Nov 2015 | 10:13 AM ET
    SUBSYS image from video

    One drug company has swept into the painkiller market, pushing a deadly opioid beyond its medical purpose. But it's now under investigation.

  • A drug company making millions off your pain Wednesday, 4 Nov 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    A drug company making millions off your pain

    The sale of dangerously addictive painkillers willfully prescribed by our physicians has quadrupled in the past decade, and one pharmaceutical company in particular is accused of helping to fuel America's opiate addiction by putting profits before patients. CNBC's Dina Gusovsky investigates.

  • Drug company accused of putting profits before patients Wednesday, 4 Nov 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    Drug company accused of putting profits before patients

    Prescription drug overdose is a growing epidemic in America, according to the CDC. With the help of physicians across the country, one company is accused of excessively pushing its highly addictive painkiller onto patients. CNBC's Dina Gusovsky reports on the allegations and how you can protect yourself.

  • What the future of food looks like Monday, 2 Nov 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    Citrus trees sit below a barren hillside in Tulare County in California's Central Valley. In year four of the drought, many farmers are getting only a fraction of their historic surface water supplies.

    More start-ups and multinationals are investing in tech-based agricultural solutions to produce more food as the world gets more crowded and hotter.

  • Will Greece get debt relief? Monday, 2 Nov 2015 | 3:30 AM ET
    Will Greece get debt relief?

    Lord Adair Turner, chairman of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, says Greek debt must undergo a much larger write-down.

  • This is what it takes to feed 1.4 billion people Thursday, 22 Oct 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    A Chinese vendor unloads onions at a local food market on October 14, 2015 in Beijing.

    While the U.S. is the world's biggest food exporter to China, it is not alone in vying to help feed the world's most populous nation.

  • 5 reasons oil is heading to new tipping point Wednesday, 21 Oct 2015 | 9:22 AM ET
    A floorhand works on an oil rig in the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, North Dakota.

    A global oil glut has the supply-and-demand balance out of wack. Here are the main factors worrying economists about the future.

  • California's scarce water keeps going to China Wednesday, 21 Oct 2015 | 8:07 AM ET
    A worker plows a field in Firebaugh, California.

    As China's middle class grows, rising food demand is influencing food production and water consumption in the American West, including California.

  • Oil prices to be lower for longer: Citi Tuesday, 20 Oct 2015 | 8:40 PM ET
    Oil prices to be lower for longer: Citi

    Ivan Szpakowski, commodities strategist at Citi, says oil prices are stuck in a range due to oversupply, with a market rebalance not expected until 2017.

  • Secret firm that tracked Bin Laden on new manhunt Friday, 16 Oct 2015 | 10:04 AM ET

    When law enforcement uses social media to catch a criminal before they act, are they crossing the privacy line?

  • The $1.2 trillion line China is daring US to cross Tuesday, 13 Oct 2015 | 9:30 AM ET
    A Chinese Navy submarine. (File photo).

    China's pledged $260 billion to shore up its navy and military by 2020. The US concern: maintaining free-trade flows in the South China Sea.

  • Russian strikes help Syrian army advance Sunday, 11 Oct 2015 | 9:17 PM ET

    Russian warplanes pounded Syrian rebels on Sunday, insurgents said, helping Moscow's ally Bashar al-Assad reclaim territory.

  • The world's most controversial border walls Friday, 9 Oct 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    West Berliners crowd in front of the Berlin Wall early 11 November 1989 as they watch East German border guards demolishing a section of the wall in order to open a new crossing point between East and West Berlin, near the Potsdamer Square.

    Building walls has long been the process for keeping others out. Do they really work as instruments of border control in the 21st century?

  • FBI recruits teens to fight cyber crime Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 4:52 PM ET
    FBI recruits teens to fight cyber crime

    Scott Smith, FBI special agent in charge, provides insight to the FBI recruiting teens to help with cyber crime.

  • 10 global hot spots hit by urgent water crises Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Water drought

    The greatest global risk is running out of water for our 7.3 billion inhabitants. Already, some countries are reeling from this catastrophe.

  • Oil prices to remain subdued on supply risk: ANZ Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 12:19 AM ET
    Oil prices to remain subdued on supply risk: ANZ

    Daniel Hynes, senior commodity strategist at ANZ, discusses the outlook of oil commodities on the back of multiple supply risks.

  • The real reason Putin is in Syria Thursday, 1 Oct 2015 | 11:50 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with members of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, October 1, 2015.

    Russia says it's in Syria to help fight ISIS but the real reason can be summed up in one word, says this former State Department advisor.

  • Why is Iraq ignoring US concerns about Russia? Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 7:53 AM ET
    Armed masked man in Syria

    Iraq is turning a blind eye to Russia's move into Syria despite US objections, says David Phillips.

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