Feb 7, 2013

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A new report from the United Nations finds the cost of corruption increased by 40 percent in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2012. President Obama is meeting with House Democrats today to rally support for immigration reform and whether a pathway…

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What's at stake for farmers in immigration debate

Feb 7, 2013
As President Obama meets with Congress today to discuss immigration policy, the U.S. agriculture industry looks on with hopes for reform.

Fake boyfriends to rent for Chinese New Year

Feb 7, 2013
Chinese women turn to hiring 'fake boyfriends' to make the holidays more bearable.

What your local coffee shop can tell you about U.S. productivity

Feb 7, 2013
Productivity fell at the end of last year at the fastest pace in two years -- about 2 percent.

The cost of corruption spirals in Afghanistan: Report

Feb 7, 2013
Half of all Afghans have bribed public officials in the last year and the amounts are growing, according to a report from the UN.

American Airlines and US Airways plan merger

Feb 7, 2013
American Airlines and US Airways could announce a merger as early as next week, according to the Wall Street Journal and several Dallas-area news outlets.

Amazon to launch virtual currency

Feb 7, 2013
This week, the retailing giant said it will soon offer its own currency, called the Amazon Coin.

PODCAST: Inhabiting a desert island...as a job

Feb 7, 2013
A possible merger between American Airlines and US Airways. Half of all Afghans pay bribes. And in Scotland, a 'dream job' offer.

A new report from the United Nations finds the cost of corruption increased by 40 percent in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2012. President Obama is meeting with House Democrats today to rally support for immigration reform and whether a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants should be contingent on tighter border security. And how productive were we in the last three months of 2012?

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC