China will offer deeper support to agriculture


CHINA will give farmers better protection over the land they till, raise their incomes and improve public services for them to help narrow the gap between urban and rural areas.

BRICking investment


The Russia-China investment fund pioneered by the two neighboring BRIC countries in 2012 is expected to become a trend with emerging economies uniting their efforts when the conventional powerhouses in the West seem to be fading away in the crisis.

Crazy money: Rich Russians shrewd super spending in the crisis


In crisis they say, the rich get richer, and in 2012 Russia’s rich increased spending on the most bewildering of things. Delivering a live penguin to Monaco or finding a $500,000 present were among the unusual challenges for concierge services.

Chile Breaks Residential Sales Record in 2012


The Chilean residential real estate sector looks set to ring in the new year on a festive note.

2013: Lucky or unlucky for the world economy?


The Russian economy managed to live through a tough 2012 and could be among the fastest growing in Europe in 2013. It’s set to rise 3.5% - 4%, with Western Europe remaining a strong threat and a major long term reshape of the economic map looming.

Climate change threatens French wine


From rising shorelines to devastating hurricanes, the visible effects scientists say climate change is wreaking on daily life no longer surprise many people around the world.

Gold futures price rises 7% in 2012, posts longest winning streak in decades


The precious metal was an attractive investment as policymakers around the world moved to stimulate their economies.

Sony ends PlayStation 2 production


Sony will stop producing and shipping the PlayStation 2.