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North Korean defector serves up hope in her restaurant

In her restaurant, Lee Ae-ran serves everyone — South Koreans and fellow defectors — flavors from home.

This recent grad brewed a startup by managing the details

It's tough to make a good batch of Arabic coffee. The multistep process takes up to 30 minutes, and despite a brewer’s best efforts,...

The evolving global financial system

A century ago, there was little coordination of international finances. That changed substantially after World War II, and the change is continuing today.

Help for Yemen: Kerry welcomes ‘humanitarian pause’ in conflict

In a visit to Saudi Arabia, Secretary of State John Kerry calls for peace in Yemen and humanitarian support for its people.
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From Japan to India, Ivanka Trump a voice for empowering women

Ivanka Trump, President Trump's daughter and White House adviser, says changes in workplace culture are vital to women's empowerment and to economic growth.
Two men with a small group of children, holding hands out over a bucket (© Bernat Parera)

Combating poverty one bar of soap at a time [video]

SoapBox Soaps is an enterprise that combines business and philanthropy. For each bar of soap sold, it donates a bar to poor people in Africa and elsewhere.

‘Fast track’: What it means to you

Trade promotion authority will expand workers’ rights, it will protect the environment, and it will promote a free and open Internet.
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International investors find plenty of opportunities in the U.S.

No country attracts more foreign direct investment than the U.S. That's good for U.S. workers, but also for overseas investors' profits.
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Ask the crowd to fund your dream project! (Others might get...

Do you have a great idea for a business, a film or a research project? Are you too broke to make it happen? Crowdfunding...