Aug 7, 2014

Reward offered for man shown kicking squirrel into Grand Canyon

An animal rights group offered a reward of nearly $17,000 on Wednesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who apparently kicked a squirrel into Arizona’s Grand Canyon in a video that went viral on the Internet. Appealing to members ...

Synthetics strike fear in the heart of world diamond industry

Aug 7, 2014

Synthetics strike fear in the heart of world diamond industry

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend — but only if they are natural. That is the message mining companies and luxury jewelers are keen to instill in consumers as the diamond trade faces a growing challenge from the production of synthetic diamonds. Global diamond ...

Aug 5, 2014

China urged to reveal payments for Africa's natural resources

China should publicly disclose what it pays African governments for extracting oil, gas and minerals as a way to level the playing field for companies worldwide and help countries get a fair deal for their natural resource wealth, billionaire investor George Soros said on ...

Aug 4, 2014

Big U.S. banks shedding star financiers and traders

Crippled by lawsuits linked to the 2007-2008 financial crisis, American banks are grappling with an exodus of their best bankers and traders, lured by the huge salaries of little-regulated hedge funds. Michael Cavanagh, 48, was the favorite to succeed Jamie Dimon at the head ...

Jul 29, 2014

Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute. These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student ...

Jobless families occupy Spain's tourist homes

Jul 28, 2014

Jobless families occupy Spain's tourist homes

Unable to pay her mortgage, Manoli Herrera turned over her apartment to the bank and moved into one of six abandoned buildings occupied by other jobless families in Sanlucar de Barrameda, a seaside town on Spain’s southern coast. “I did not want my two ...

Vietnam dads take on caregiver role

Jul 21, 2014

Vietnam dads take on caregiver role

When his wife moved to Taiwan nine years ago to work as a maid — earning far more than she could in the rice paddies of this northern Vietnamese hamlet — Pham Duc Viet took over the household chores and raised their two children ...

Starbucks makes long-awaited debut on Colombia coffee scene

Jul 17, 2014

Starbucks makes long-awaited debut on Colombia coffee scene

Make room, Juan Valdez, it is time to meet the green-aproned barista. On Wednesday, Starbucks made its much-anticipated debut in the country that is synonymous with coffee, after decades of roasting Colombia’s Arabica beans for billions of java lovers the world over. The three-floor ...