The policy failures behind the upbeat headlines.
Ivorians show their defiance.
Côte d’Ivoire's response to the Bassam attacks shows that it is not lacking in political and security resources, and that its citizens remain vigilant in the face of terrorist acts.
Laying the groundwork. Workers prepare for this week’s meeting.
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The world economy needs China, but Beijing has needs of its own. No wonder the leadership is putting so much effort into a year of negotiation.
Most Americans will be pinching pennies after they retire.
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The presidential candidates are largely ignoring one of the biggest economic issues facing Americans: more than half are struggling to save enough for retirement.
A worker at a Lukoil site in Siberia.
When you pick apart the strange economics of global energy markets, it becomes clear how the incredible power of Riyadh can take other countries to the brink.
TTIP is coming.
The upcoming TTIP trade agreement could force EU to liberalise GM regulations such as labelling.
Spread by mosquitoes.
Could this relatively unknown virus become a household name in the Americas in the year to come?
The Penny Bank by George Harvey (1806-1876).
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How today's policy around savings and pensions has worrying echoes of failed 19th century approaches.
Klansmen in Birth of a Nation.
100 years ago, America's infamous racist group staged a near-takeover of the nation's film and media industries. Here's how they did it.
Charting a different course.
With economies in Europe and America forging very different recoveries, their central banks are having to navigate by different stars.
Moonshot. Enough reward points to take a longer trip?
It's a collosal business. But who gets the most out of 'rewards'? And what if we all used ours at once?
Standing up for the little guy.
The irascible, unassuming junior senator from Vermont is riding high – and the effect could echo for years to come.
Politicians hate secrecy when in opposition but grow to love it when in power.
Will your personal details get caught in the surveillance trawl net?
Legislation proposed in both the US and the UK suggest an aggressive path toward entrenching surveillance powers at the cost of citizens’ privacy.
Gallows legacy. Albert Pierrepoint and the nature of the executioner.
50 years after the UK first experimented with removing the death penalty for murder, one name has become our bridge to the hangman's noose.
A petrochemical complex on Iran’s Persian Gulf coast.
The merest hint of a successful deal over Iran’s nuclear programme is enough to get people excited. And as the country emerges from economic isolation, nowhere is the enthusiasm more keenly felt than in…
Russia has different goals in Syria than the US and its allies. As ISIS weakens, that will become more apparent.
Back in 1965, bodies of victims of the anti-communist massacre floated along the Brantas River in Kediri East Java.
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In a watershed moment for Indonesia's history, the deadly 1965 anti-communist purge transformed Indonesia from an independent Asian nation in the midst of Cold War into a pro-Western country.
Classic VW ad from 1962.
The scandal around the German car maker is all the more galling for a company that created arguably the best advertising in history.
Obama owes these three a thank you note.
As President Obama writes his thank you notes to Democrats in Congress who helped him pass the accord, he better not forget about his European partners.