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Dec 17, 2012

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In Japan, newly-elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces the tasks of reviving the country's economy and handling strained relations with China. A new student debt program, known as 'Pay As You Earn', could make monthly payments smaller, and some debts disappear altogether. Italian Finance Minister Vittorio Grilli shares his views on Italy's economic challenges and the country's political future.

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Debt relief could be on the way for some students

Dec 17, 2012
A new student debt plan, known as 'Pay As You Earn', could make monthly payments smaller and some debts disappear altogether.

Southwest Airlines raises fees

Dec 17, 2012
The one-time discount airline is rethinking its 'bags fly free' policy because of rising costs. So far, only the third bag will cost you.

Japan's new prime minister faces challenges

Dec 17, 2012
Newly-elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces the tasks of reviving Japan's economy and handling strained relations with China.

Japan's new prime minister hopes to weaken yen

Dec 17, 2012
Japan's Liberal Democratic Party promises to tackle economic problems.

Local businesses still struggling after Sandy

Dec 17, 2012
Sandy's enduring problems for commuters and small businesses are on display in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Italian Finance Minister: Election may strengthen reform resolve

Dec 17, 2012
Italian Finance Minister Vittorio Grilli shares his views on Italy's economic stability, challenges ahead, and the country's political future.

Sprint's Clearwire acquisition could signal move towards data

Dec 17, 2012
To compete with AT&T and Verizon, which have about 70 percent of the market, Sprint needs more spectrum and Clearwire has it.

Short term wins could spell long term losses in fiscal debate

Dec 17, 2012
The process of pushing through those Bush tax cuts 12 years ago might seem like ancient history, but some say we could stand to go back in time and learn from it.

Podcast: Seventh time's a charm and is Sprint moving towards data dominance?

Dec 17, 2012
Japan has its seventh leader in six years. What politicians can learn from the Bush-era tax cuts as they negotiate to avoid the fiscal cliff. Sprint acquires Clearwire and possibly signals a step towards more data, faster. And checking in with Hoboken, N.J., after Hurricane Sandy.

In Japan, newly-elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces the tasks of reviving the country’s economy and handling strained relations with China. A new student debt program, known as ‘Pay As You Earn’, could make monthly payments smaller, and some debts disappear altogether. Italian Finance Minister Vittorio Grilli shares his views on Italy’s economic challenges and the country’s political future.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC