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Alberta's financial health depends on tar sands: Olive | The Star

An industry think tank claims Keystone would boost U.S. GDP by $172 billion by 2035. But do the math and that’s a microscopic 0.0003 per cent annual …

Why have governments turned on Big Business: Olive | The Star

Of course, the majority of businesses are not anti-social.<p>But consider recent events.<p>The Great Recession, the worst economic catastrophe in 80 years, …

G8 talk of Canada-EU trade deal wishful thinking: Olive | The Star

Wishful thinking has dominated the agenda of this week’s annual G8 summit in Northern Ireland, focused on a proliferation of planned, hyperambitious …

Detroit bankruptcy: Don't write off Motown just yet | The Star

It would appear, from excited media accounts, that Detroit is down for the count. But is it?<p>“Bankruptcy is the bottom of a tremendous, …

Olive: North American oil abundance starts to appear illusory | The Star

Some experts now think shale-oil production will peak by the end of the decade. Already, many of the richest shale plays have been pumped out. In …

Falling loonie is the world’s way of doing us a favour: Olive | The Star

In any case, the world boom in commodities, on which our economy is still unduly reliant, began to fade. The most recent reports on the loonie’s …

Philadelphia: Is The City Of Brotherly Love’s Middle Class Vanishing?

The city of Philadelphia has witnessed something familiar to many U.S. urban centers over the past generation – an apparent mass exodus (or …

The Xinjiang Separatist Movement At The Center Of The Deadly China Rail Station Attack

The shocking mass stabbing that took place on Saturday in a Kunming, China, rail station appears to be the work of Xinjiang separatists.<p>The latest …

War In Crimea: Lock On, The Video Game That Foresaw It 11 Years Ago

In 2003, Ukraine, independent since the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union, was calm. The Orange Revolution, the first stirring of the sentiments …

The Ukrainian Military: The Key Changes In Leadership Since Euromaidan

Over the last two months, the Ukrainian military command has seen almost weekly personnel changes. Shifting military leaders is often a way for …

Russian Central Bank Hikes Interest Rates As Ruble Tumbles On Putin Threat To Ukraine

Russia’s central bank on Monday unexpectedly hiked its main interest rate by the most since 1998 after the ruble hit an all-time low, as investors …

Iraqi Oil Exports Hit 25-Year High In February: Official

Iraq’s oil exports hit a 25-year high in February, according to a high-ranking Iraqi official. The news comes as experts say the embattled country …

Google Barge Leaving San Francisco: Floating Showroom Sailing To Stockton To Avoid Permit, $30,000 Fine

For all the work Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) put into keeping its four-story barge floating in the San Francisco bay a mystery, one would think that …

Watch Your Tongue: Language Controversy One Of Fundamental Conflicts In Ukraine

The deepening crisis in Ukraine involves not only issues of political sovereignty, European integration and Russian hegemony, but also language and …

Ukraine 'Ultimatum' Deadline Passes, US Reduces Economic And Military Ties With Russia

A reported deadline laid down by Russian forces to Ukrainian troops in the Crimea has passed at 5 a.m. local time Tuesday (10 p.m. EST) without …

Russian Envoy says Yanukovych Had Asked Putin To Intervene In Crimea By Sending 'Armed Forces' To Establish Law And Order

Russia’s intervention in the Crimean peninsula was requested by ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to establish law and order, a Russian …

Troubled European Economies Like Portugal, Spain And Greece Lure Wealthy Chinese Willing To Invest Millions In Exchange For Permanent Residency

Europe’s troubled economies have found unlikely saviors in wealthy Chinese. Many European countries are hoping to turn the recession around by luring …

Bikes For Bengalis: Japan’s Honda (NYSE: HMC) Operating Motorcycle Plant In Bangladesh

Japan has opened a new motorcycle assembly plant in Bangladesh which is expected to provide jobs for an economy reeling from months of turmoil, …

Singapore Tops World's Most Expensive City, But Other Asian Cities Are Cheaper

Singapore is now the most expensive city to live in. That's right, the high cost of driving a car there, the astronomical utility bills there and the …

WikiLeaks Cables Reveal Ukraine's Past Cries For Help; Is Kerry's $1 Billion In Aid Too Late?

Secretary of State John Kerry landed Tuesday in Ukraine’s capital of Kiev, where he voiced U.S. support and pledged $1 billion in aid, but for many …

Facebook (FB) To Buy Solar-Powered Drone Company That Can Beam Internet From The Sky

How will poor countries with little modern infrastructure get Internet access? Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) may be about to buy the company that’s come …

Ukraine Crisis: EU Says It Will Offer $15 Billion /11 Billion Euro Aid Package To Ukraine

The economic and political tug of war over Ukraine has moved substantially in the direction of the West.<p>The European Union Wednesday is ready to …

Facebook Vs. Gold Mining Industry: One Could Buy The Other [CHART]

This chart throws investor sentiment behind tech and gold mining industries into sharp relief.<p>The chart measures the market capitalization of the …

Turkey's Crimea Connection: Why Turkey Cares What Happens In Ukraine

<i>Correction: This story originally stated that during the Crimean War of the 1850s, the Ottoman Empire was attacked by Russia and other European</i> …

China 2014 Military Budget To Increase By 12%: China's Defense Budget vs. Asia Defense Budgets [MAP]

During the annual National People's Congress parliamentary meeting, China's government officially announced a 12.2 percent increase in its 2014 …

Laos: Rapid Economic Growth In Landlocked Southeast Asian Country Leaving Rural Poor Behind

The tiny, mountainous, landlocked southeast Asian nation of Laos – one of the last one-party Communist states on earth – has engineered remarkable …

Obama Proposes Cybersecurity Campus To Get Tough On Digital Criminals

Terrorism, fraud and espionage have all gone digital. Now, United States President Barack Obama wants to create a new civilian cybersecurity campus …

Ukraine's Military Capabilities: Large Army, But Old Equipment

Wondering what a military confrontation between Russia and Ukraine would look like? Here’s a map from the International Institute for Strategic …

Crimea Votes To Join Russia, Accelerating Ukraine Crisis

By Alissa de Carbonnel<p>SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia Thursday, and its Moscow-backed government set a …

Ukrainian Crisis Has Some Wanting Rapid US Approval To Export Natural Gas, But Process Is Slow

The Ukrainian crisis is fueling the argument for U.S. natural gas exports, as a ready supply of gas to Europe from the U.S. would diminish Russia …