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Cuba cuts down on its coffee fix

May 6, 2011
In a cost-cutting measure, Cuba is cutting down on the rations of coffee offered to citizens.
Posted In: Food

Using the carrot and the stick with Libya and the Arab World

May 5, 2011
International diplomats are meeting today in Rome to discuss how best to support Libya's rebels. And one proposal would create a new Marshall Plan for the Arab World.

Bin Laden's death could cripple terrorist financing

May 2, 2011
The BBC's Owen Bennett-Jones explains how the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden could hurt -- but not maim -- the funding of the al-Qaida network

Was Kate the most 'political' choice?

Apr 29, 2011
Historically, royal marriages played a big role in the political and economic future for the country. Who would have been a good choice for Prince William, if that were still the case today?

Some British towns opt out of royal wedding celebrations

Apr 28, 2011
People around the U.K. are being encouraged to apply to their local councils to hold street parties in celebration of the royal wedding. But while some areas of the country have received as many as 80 applications, others have received hardly any.

J&J buys orthopedic company in $21.3 bil. deal

Apr 27, 2011
Johnson and Johnson has agreed to buy Swiss orthopedic medical device company Synthes -- a move addressing the needs of an aging population.
Posted In: Health

Nintendo profits fall short of estimates

Apr 25, 2011
The video game and console company reported profits fell 66 percent for the year, due in part to competition from smart phones and other game devises.

Toyota predicts slow return to normal level

Apr 22, 2011
Toyota said this morning factories in Japan won't be operating at full capacity for several months. And car inventories won't be back to normal until the end of 2011.
Posted In: Auto

Japan's exports drop for first time in 16 months

Apr 20, 2011
The Japanese government says companies shipped less stuff abroad in March because of supply disruptions from last month's massive earthquake and tsunami. The BBC's Roland Buerk explains why American companies could benefit.

Communist Cuba opens up to private homeownership

Apr 19, 2011
Cuba plans to allow people to buy and sell their homes for the first time since 1959.


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