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  • Spectacular Swimming Pools Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 | 4:40 PM ET
    Not so long ago, a swimming pool was not much more than a cement swimmin’ hole. It used to be that you’d make a rectangular- or kidney-shaped concrete hole in the ground, fill it with water, and dump in some chemicals. But my how they’ve changed, from contemporary zero-edge pools like those formerly seen only in resorts to pools that imitate wetland ponds. Private swimming pools have become more sculptural and architectural, as seen in  for a luxury residential high-rise. The following collectio

    The following collection shows dazzling outdoor pools, including one belonging to a famous actor/producer, pools with views of oceans and nature, and a few fabulous indoor examples.

  • In Europe, Banks Borrowing to Stay Ahead of the Tide Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 10:31 AM ET
    Euro bills

    As Europe works to prop up Spain’s wobbling banks, its leaders still face a problem that plagues the Continent’s increasingly vulnerable financial institutions — a longstanding addiction to the borrowed money that provides the day-to-day financing they need to survive.

  • Cameron to Urge Merkel to Act on Euro Zone Thursday, 7 Jun 2012 | 2:14 AM ET
    British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street on August 11, 2011 in London, England. Mr Cameron hosted a COBRA meeting and a cabinet meeting earlier this morning to discuss the current unrest that has spread across the country. Parliament has been recalled following four days of rioting across the UK.

    David Cameron will tell Angela Merkel on Thursday that she needs to act now to bring the eurozone back from the brink of disaster – a message likely to stoke irritation in Berlin and other eurozone capitals, the Finanical Times reports.

  • Spain Holds a Trump Card in Bank Bailout Talks Thursday, 7 Jun 2012 | 1:21 AM ET

    The bargaining has begun over a deal to rescue Spain’s ailing banks, confronting Europe with urgent choices about whether to try to enforce onerous bailout terms on Madrid as the crisis spreads to the region’s largest economies. The NYT reports.

  • Greece Warns of Going Broke as Tax Proceeds Dry Up Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 | 5:52 AM ET

    As European leaders grapple with how to preserve their monetary union, Greece is rapidly running out of money, the New York Times reports.

  • UK Economic Outlook Weakening as Central Bank Meets Tuesday, 5 Jun 2012 | 11:28 PM ET

    The outlook for the UK’s economy has steadily worsened, giving the members of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) plenty to chew on when they meet Wednesday and Thursday.

  • UK Recession Will Not Last Long: Bank of England Wednesday, 30 May 2012 | 12:12 PM ET
    London Financial District

    The UK economy will recover somewhat this year and the next, but the situation in the euro zone has big effects on it, Spencer Dale, a member of the Monetary Policy Committee and chief economist at the Bank of England, told CNBC in an interview on Wednesday.

  • Most Aid to Athens Circles Back to Europe Wednesday, 30 May 2012 | 12:41 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    The European bailout of 130 billion euros ($163.4 billion) that was supposed to buy time for Greece is mainly servicing only the interest on the country’s debt — while the Greek economy continues to struggle, the New York Times reports.

  • Cool Jobs You've Never Heard Of Friday, 25 May 2012 | 4:37 PM ET
    Technically, the recession is over, and on paper, there has been positive job growth for months. Unfortunately, “technically” and “on paper” don’t cut it for people who have been out of work for a long time. For the long-term unemployed, it’s time to start thinking outside of the box and looking for work that falls outside of the parameters of the everyday.What follows is a list of jobs that are obscure, unheard-of or otherwise out of the ordinary. Some of them pay well, some have salaries that

    For the long-term unemployed, it’s time to start thinking outside of the box and looking for jobs that are obscure, unheard-of or otherwise out of the ordinary.

  • Francois Hollande, France's president, arrives for a news conference following the European Leaders (EU) summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday, May 24, 2012.

    French President, Francois Hollande has cast himself as the European leader pushing hardest to forge a growth-oriented “new path” through the euro zone’s grinding debt crisis, pitting him against the austerity-minded German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the New York Times reports.

  • Why the UK Is Safe Haven Despite Poor Performance Thursday, 24 May 2012 | 7:38 AM ET

    On the same day official figures showed the biggest slide in retail sales figures in two years and one member of the Bank of England’s interest rate-setting committee indicated it would restart its asset purchase program if the economy weakened significantly, 10-year sovereign debt yields fell to record lows.

  • Piers Morgan Warned UK TV Star Over Phone Security Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 4:04 PM ET
    Piers Morgan

    CNN celebrity interviewer Piers Morgan explained at a lunch party years ago how mobile phones can be hacked, UK newsreader Jeremy Paxman told the Leveson Inquiry on Wednesday.

  • I Could Have Done Better: Bank of England Official Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 3:03 AM ET

    Outgoing Bank of England policy maker Adam Posen said on Tuesday that he could have done better with his economic forecasting during the financial and euro zone debt crises, and welcomes three reviews of the central bank’s performance that period.

  • Business Backs Income Tax Rate of 30% Monday, 21 May 2012 | 2:48 AM ET

    The Institute of Directors has endorsed a radical proposal that recommends replacing part of the UK tax system with a single income tax rate of 30 percent and reducing the government’s share of the national economy to one-third, the Financial Times reports.

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    Despite efforts at official reassurance, no one really knows the consequences of a Greek exit from the euro zone, or how rapidly big countries like Spain and Italy, and their banks, will feel the effects, The New York Times reports.

  • For High End Real Estate, London Rules the Roost Friday, 18 May 2012 | 9:57 AM ET
    Big Ben

    London prices have risen 45 per cent over the past three years, compared to only 15 per cent in Geneva, 17 per cent in Paris and 10 per cent in New York, making London ever more expensive (and desirable) than its western peers.

  • Euro Zone ‘Tearing Itself Apart’: Bank of England Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 7:07 AM ET
    Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King

    The governor of the Bank of England said on Wednesday that the euro zone is “tearing itself apart without any obvious solution" as he admitted that the UK central bank, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and the government have been discussing contingency plans to deal with the prospect of a Greek exit from the euro or a collapse in the euro zone “for some time.”

  • Subsidies Aid Rebirth in U.S. Manufacturing Friday, 11 May 2012 | 4:14 AM ET
    manufacturing engineering

    Walking through his high-ceilinged factory here, explaining the production of sheets of copper, M. Brian O’Shaughnessy comes across as a staunch advocate of manufacturing in America.

  • Has German Opposition Joined the Pro-Growth Chorus? Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 8:55 AM ET
    Reichstag Parliment building, Berlin, Germany

    German lawmakers likely will delay a vote on the euro zone's fiscal compact on budget discipline because the country's main opposition party wants to insert growth-focused measures into the pact, a coalition source told CNBC.

  • UK Keeps Shopping Amid Economic Gloom Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 6:11 AM ET

    UK food retailer Sainsbury said on Wednesday that it managed to deliver solid quarterly sales growth despite the “wider economic situation remaining uncertain.”