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World Economic Forum To Staff: Welcome To Davos. Here’s Your CHU.

Davos organizers eye putting up staff in temporary housing containers during talks on rising income inequality and social inclusion.


The Myth of Chaebol Exceptionalism

Everyone wants to blame South Korea’s incestuous business culture for the recent failures of its massive conglomerates. But that’s not the reason they’re in a funk.


IKEA to Elderly Chinese Singles: Get a Room

IKEA in Shanghai is tired of having elderly Chinese come to the store for blind dates.


Life in Apple’s Ireland

The strange nature of living in a tax haven, where 26 percent GDP growth is accompanied by austerity and a homelessness crisis.


Can China Buy Its Way Into Becoming the World’s Next Soccer Powerhouse?

Breaking transfer records is one thing. Fielding a quality team is another.


But Will It Scale in Kabul?

As troops draw down in Afghanistan, a handful of ambitious U.S. veterans are launching start-ups in the country where they once went to war.


Decoder: North Korea’s Maritime Industry

How U.N. sanctions targeting the Hermit Kingdom's shipping business awaken Pyongyang’s creative spirit.


The Blood Rubies of Montepuez

Some 40 percent of the world’s rubies lie in one mining concession in Mozambique, where a troubling pattern of violence and death contradicts the claim of “responsibly sourced.”

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