At the foundation of many business empires is a well-stocked library.
In Uganda, a group of landmine victims are using banana fiber to create rope, profit and community.
Islamic finance is being touted as a more ethical alternative to conventional models, with the potential to appeal to customers beyond its Muslim base.
Man-made coral reef in Negev desert could change medical operations forever.
You've heard of Banksy, but have you heard of Bambi? Not the Bambi of Disney fame, but the one dubbed street art's new star.
Africa, where 70% of the population is under the age of 30, is buzzing with business ideas -- but who are the continent's top young entrepreneurs?
Britain joined the U.S. and its allies in the fight against ISIS -- but any mission will come with a huge price tag.
BlackBerry is pitching its new Passport smartphone as one of the "most innovative" devices it has created, as it seeks to woo back business customers.
Experts pick 10 of the best startups to come out of emerging markets this year.
Luay al-Khatteeb has spoken to CNN previously about the rise of ISIS, and the challenges facing the Iraq's new oil minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi. Now, U.S. airstrikes have hit locations in eastern Syria where ISIS has been using mobile refineries to produce oil. CNN has revisited the conversation to find out the likely impact of the strikes. This is al-Khatteeb's analysis of the situation.
What does it mean to be Nigerian? That's the question on the lips of many in Africa's most populous country as new national I.D. cards are being rolled out.
Zuckerberg, Bezos and Page relied on mentors. Five leading lights share their secrets of how to make star entrepreneurs.
Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea -- the three countries facing the biggest health crisis -- are also facing huge bills to try and contain the virus.
Major vehicle manufacturers have set up shop in South Africa's Eastern Cape -- but challenges are fresh in the minds of the region's auto executives.
Twitter has lost its position in the top 20 coolest brands for the first time in three years.
When it comes to advertising on mobile devices, banner ads and pop-ups are the norm. But for Boston-based company SessionM, it's out with the old and in with the new.
Meet Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Al Saud, richest man in Middle East.
Here's some background information about Apple, Inc.
eCommerce giant Alibaba's wildly successful IPO raises questions about the future of tech startups in China.
Experts are tipping some unlikely places to become tomorrow's finance capitals.
Peer-to-peer business is thriving and disrupting global industries. Leading entrepreneurs in the field explain why we need it.
This company creates 3D optical illusions. But when the banks didn't believe in it, it found success with P2P lending.
Startup What3Words aims to replace every address in the world with a simple three word code.
"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only," Coco Chanel once said. "Fashion is in the sky, in the street...the way we live, what is happening".
Ambitious plans for a "city in the city" skyscraper that could house apartments, offices, shops and parks have been revealed.
Six of the top 10 global oil and gas discoveries in 2013 were made in Africa -- but can these finds transform the continent?
Business and economy is at the top of the agenda ahead of the Scottish independence referendum.
What are the startups dominating China's ferociously competitive social networking space?
Walmart has leapfrogged Royal Dutch Shell as the world's largest company, topping the Fortune magazine Global 500 ranking.
For all the recent scaremongering about the viability of an independent Scotland, it's easy to understand why the chance to reclaim a country's sovereignty offers its citizens an exciting prospect.
Social media is revamping the way businesses reach their audiences, transforming boring billboards and cold commercials into a land of interactive wonders.
It's the business buzzword that's helping to change the global economy: Start-up. But in Berlin, the start-up world is still shaping up.
The West is hitting Russia with sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine. The sanctions vary from financial restrictions to a block on access to energy exploration technology.
Step inside the surreal world of wine-making in the Golan Heights.
An entrepreneur's mission to build a designer fragrance empire and rebuild disaster zones at the same time
Building a positive, authentic culture in your company is crucial to its success
The days of Apple just making your favorite gadgets are over. The company is about to enter the payments services arena taking on PayPal, Google, Facebook, Amazon and others in offering a way to allow you to pay using their system.
Pencils have been sharpened, lunch boxes packed, now the bell is ringing.
Step inside the Middle East's new multi-millon dollar super mall.
A new app aims to take the sting out of investing -- by doing it for you.
A start-up says it can predict emerging topics and conversations before they trend on the Internet.
Meet Kemi Kalikawe, the owner of Naledi Lifestyle Store which specializes in fashion and household items in Dar es Salaam.
A stark warning about governments' ability to abuse technology to muzzle citizens, track movements, and shut down peaceful protests has emerged at this week's Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul.
It's the townhouse that twists like a Rubik's cube, to bask in the summer sun and shield itself when winter bites.
The United Arab Emirates is playing host to a huge corporate party this week. Hotel lobbies and shopping malls are flooded with Chinese guests and the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway is dotted with long rows of buses branded "2014 Nu Skin Success Trip" in English and Arabic.
ISIS videos are part of today's new reality. One of the many to hit social media has the viewer hearing a recitation of Quranic verses describing a jihad in the battle for Syria's Al Omar energy facility. Syria's largest oil field is one of a handful now under the firm grip of the terrorist organization.
The European Central Bank has slashed interest rates to their lowest-ever levels as it attempts to reboot Europe's fragile recovery.
Definition Africa is a booming t-shirt retailer that aims to sell 100% African-made clothing.
Trucks that drive on autopilot could let goods vehicles drive non-stop -- and spell the end of the truck stop.
Amazon is letting entrepreneurs become global "micro-exporters."
In May, I experienced what's known as a "failure to deliver." Then again last week, it was "failure to deliver."
The EU police are not about to take your vacuum cleaner away from you. So, stop worrying.
In a world where information is plentiful and abundant, traders are always trying to make money by finding that hidden advantage. Many are betting that 140 characters is all it takes to beat the market.
Erdogan sworn in as new president of Turkey. But can country rediscover its fading economic zeal?
The European Union is stepping in to save its dairy from going sour.
Australia's ailing flag carrier was sent into a tailspin Thursday, as the airline reported its biggest ever loss.
The meeting on Tuesday between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, marks the beginning of a new phase in the conflict between the two countries.
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The ancient town of Byblos has long been a draw for visitors to Lebanon's picturesque west coast.
Could underwater gas fields in the Eastern Mediterranean end up uniting Cyprus?
They have stood quietly among us for centuries, often unnoticed. But now, some of England's historic statues have been given a voice.
Shenan Chuang turned Ogilvy China into the world's third biggest ad agency, CNN's Kristie Lu Stout asks how she did it.
Luay al-Khatteeb spoke to CNN about the impact of ISIS' march through northern Iraq, and the militant group's control of some oil fields. He explained how they used the oil fields to raise funds, and how it could impact global prices. This is an edited version of the conversation.
Could you live in 300 square feet? Developers are betting on it with a new wave of luxury micro-condos.
When LEGO released a set of figures collectively called the Research Institute -- featuring a scientist, astronomer and a palaeontologist -- it sold out worldwide within a few days.
A 20-minute drive from Kiev takes you to a neighborhood that feels more like Beverly Hills than central Ukraine.
Oman is looking to open up its interior to tourists and is being helped along the way by a number of international hotel resort brands.
The European Union is spending more than $167 million to soothe the pain being felt by fruit and vegetable farmers hit by Russian food sanctions.
Russia's beef with the west has escalated after the country banned fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat products from a host of Western nations including the U.S., Australia, Canada and those of the European Union.
Usually, airstrikes, rebels seizing control of oil fields and refineries, plus a severe refugee crisis are a recipe for market panic.
Young creatives are piling into working class districts in cities like London and New York. But is the speed of change pricing out long time residents?
A lawyer by day and cake maker by night, Sungeni Mtalimanja turned her passion for baking into a business in Malawi.
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made history as the country's first directly elected president but his ambitious economic plans could be scuttled by the region's volatile geopolitics.
Want to launch a mega-successful Kickstarter campaign? Here's how to do it.
Ojey's Designs Limited is a Kenyan startup specializing in making contemporary furniture from old bicycle parts.
Turkey is positioned as the geographic, economic and political bridge straddling both Asia and Europe. How Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan performs if he secures a first round victory in Sunday's Presidential election will determine if this sizable emerging market can restore its luster as an engine for growth and a regional political force.
Turkey's economy, fattened with foreign investment during its boom-times, has stalled amid warnings its model is unsustainable.
Dubai celebrated its World Expo 2020 win in style but could a property bubble spoil the party?
U.S. President Barack Obama is this week hosting fifty African leaders in Washington D.C. It's an event the White House has dubbed "historic," and it's designed to promote trade and investment.
CNN spoke to Aerin Lauder, granddaughter of make-up mogul Estee Lauder, about creating her own lifestyle brand.
The economic blockade has brought Gaza to its knees but can this isolation ever be reversed?
If you're still querying any economic freeze between Russia and the West, digest this line from VTB bank the day Europe's sanctions took effect: The European Union "have gone against their own interests to do the bidding of their senior colleagues from across the ocean," the Russian financial giant said.
People across the world are launching local currencies -- and you can too.
Luxury apartments in Tehran are lying empty thanks to uncertainty caused by international sanctions.
The West has slapped stringent sanctions on Russia in response to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, believed by the U.S. and others to have been shot down with a Russia-supplied Buk missile system by eastern Ukraine rebels.
The recent controversy over arms sales to Russia reminds me of an interesting exchange during a hustings I took part in during the 2009 European Election campaign.
In Malawi, the craft of bamboo weaving is helping disadvantaged youth rise out of poverty.
The brand name Yukos no longer exists and its former founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky has left Russia after being freed from jail, but a landmark ruling in the Hague released Monday ensures their legacy will live on during a sensitive period of time for Vladimir Putin.
For months, the West has struggled to take a strong stand against Russia for its incursion into Ukraine.
The UK economy has shaken off the European crisis with growth figures that outshine its G7 peers.
With their invasion of Crimea and their support for the violent -- and now murderous -- pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the Russian government has grossly and blatantly violated international law, international treaties and international norms that have underpinned post-World War II and post- Cold War Europe.
From the sweeping coastlines of Kalamata to the sun-scorched island of Crete, Greece's olive groves have been thriving in the Mediterranean heat for thousands of years.
In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, not even the notorious traffic congestion can slow the voracious demand for property.
European leaders are under pressure from the U.S. to step up the EU sanctions against Russia, following the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
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Making the jump from model to designer seemed like a natural choice for this young entrepreneur.
Forget the new black. This is the real black.