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Spotify finally set to launch in the U.S.

Jul 14, 2011
The free, ad-supported music streaming site has been popular in Europe for years, and now the service will launch in the U.S.
Posted In: Music

French movie 'tax' magically disappears for Harry Potter showing

Jul 13, 2011
In France, the price of a movie ticket includes a tax that's reinvested in the country's movie business. But the last installment of the Harry Potter franchise is playing outside of movie tickets, in concert halls, and ticket prices do not include the movie tax.
Posted In: Entertainment

A lack of weapons, ammunition add to the Libyan unrest

Jul 8, 2011
Libyan rebels continue to rally against Colonel Gaddafi and his supporters, despite a shortage in arms and ammunition.

South Sudan plans for the 'little things' it takes to start a country

Jul 8, 2011
Tomorrow, the Republic of South Sudan will become the 193rd country of the world. But it takes more than just a name to become a country, as the BBC's Peter Martell explains.

Rare earth minerals may not be so rare

Jul 5, 2011
Researchers from Japan uncover vast underwater deposits of the key materials used to make gadgets from smart phones to laptops, threatening China's dominance as a supplier
Posted In: Science

Germans protest Greece's resistance to austerity measures

Jun 29, 2011
Germany is being asked to pay more than any other country to help bailout Greece, but Germany's citizens resent Greece's opposition to tough budget cuts.

Spain could be too big to bailout

Jun 28, 2011
With an unemployment rate of over 20 percent, and many citizens protesting new wage and budget cuts, many investors have labeled Spain as one of the weaker European economies to watch out for.

Albanian expats leave Greece for better opportunities

Jun 27, 2011
Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe, and for years, many of its citizens have fled to Greece to look for work. But as Greece faces one of the world's worst fiscal crises, Albanian workers are looking to move again.

China watching European debt crisis closely

Jun 24, 2011
China is deeply invested in Europe, not only with trade partnerships, but also in European real estate. And with all that investment, a Greek default could have major implications for China.
Posted In: China

Growing markets make room for new manufacturers at Paris Air Show

Jun 21, 2011
Both Boeing and Airbus have announced that their long-held dominance of the airplane market is over, as new manufacturers see an increase in orders.
Posted In: Airlines

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