Before ploughing into a busy 2015, stop to consider 2014's achievements.
Jennifer A. Dlouhy 1:25pm US President Barack Obama's decision to normalise relations between the United States and Cuba may lead to more commercial opportunities for Americans within the island nation. But don't expect US oil producers to move swiftly to take advantage of them
MALCOLM MAIDEN Russia's government and President Vladimir Putin are in a tightening vice.
MARK MULLIGAN Vladimir Putin may have stared down Tony Abbott and his "shirtfronting" threat at last month’s G20 summit in Brisbane, but the tough-talking Russian President is currently wrestling a mounting economic crisis that will really test his famed resilience.
Andrew E Kramer The rouble's value continued to slide on Tuesday despite the Russian central bank's extraordinary effort to defend it, inducing further panic in the nation's financial industry.
Russia's central bank raised its benchmark interest rate the most since the nation's 1998 default, making the announcement in the middle of the night in Moscow as policy makers seek to douse investor panic and stem a rouble rout.
Jonathan Weisman, Paul Mozur Geneva talks on technology trade collapsed in acrimony, a sign that China is still unwilling to open its markets to competition where it is most vulnerable.
A trillion dollar deal at the World Trade Organisation to reduce tariffs in the vast information technology sector may not come off.
US stocks bounced back on Thursday, with the S&P 500 surging more than 1 per cent.
STEPHEN CAUCHI Lower oil prices will not - as many believe - spark a sell-off in US government bonds as money from oil exporters that's been parked in Treasuries stops flowing, according to London-based research consultancy Capital Economics.
Edward Glazer has put three million shares in Manchester United up for sale six months after his father Malcolm's death, and stands to recoup in the region of $US45 million.
Developing countries may need as much as $US250-$US500 billion per year by mid-century to deal with the fallout from climate change, a UN report has warned.
Victoria Stilwell A November hiring surge ranging from factories to offices and retailers powered the US economy to create the largest number of jobs in almost three years.
Simon Kennedy and Rich Miller Three decades ago, Ronald Reagan called surging prices "as violent as a mugger," while Grandmaster Flash rapped about "double-digit inflation" making him "wonder how I keep from going under."
Kyunghee Park Investors from Sydney to Mumbai cheered the plunge in crude-oil prices, sending Asian airline shares to their highest level in three years. But several carriers could end up losing money - with Qantas seen as one of the few likely winners.
David Gelles Richard Branson's empire of Virgin companies already includes airlines, health clubs and private space shuttles. Now add cruise ships to that list.
Rudy Ruitenberg A fruit fly infestation in Italy and a weak harvest from Spain mean global production of olive oil in the season to September 2015 will be the lowest in 15 years, the International Olive Council says.
The British government has slapped a new tax rate on multinational companies that seek to avoid paying their fair share to Treasury coffers.
Demand for instant coffee from Asia, where a rising middle class associates he drink with social status, is expected to push up worldwide of cheap robusta beans above those of the more expensive arabica by the end of the decade, worrying farmers in Latin America and East Africa.
David Gelles The hackers appear to be winning. Any consumers, companies or entrepreneurs who have been paying attention to the news are thinking long and hard about cybersecurity. And so are Silicon Valley's sharpest investors.
Andrew E. Kramer After months of insisting that Russia can weather sanctions and plunging oil prices, Moscow for the first time is acknowledging that the economy could fall into a recession next year.
Security researchers say they have uncovered a cyber espionage ring focused on stealing corporate secrets for the purpose of gaming the stock market, in an operation that has compromised sensitive data about dozens of publicly held companies.
Leslie Kaufman Vox Media, a US publisher with a fast-growing portfolio of online lifestyle and news brands, is set to announce that it has just closed a $US46.5 million round of financing from General Atlantic, a New York investment firm.
Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected proposals on Sunday to boost gold reserves and impose strict new curbs on immigration, averting a potential nightmare for policymakers struggling with a popular backlash against the country's open borders.
Former Queensland prison employee Peter Nash is locked up in a New York jail accused of conspiring to sell large quantities of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine through the black-market internet bazaar, Silk Road.
OPEC's decision to cede no ground to rival producers underscored the price war in the crude market and the challenge to US shale drillers.
William Pesek Waiting for peace to break out: Dan Fuss, a battle-tested maverick of debt markets, avoids North Asia despite Chinese President Xi Jingping's recent charm offensive.
Tamara Best Mobile businesses have been on the rise in the US and elsewhere as aspiring entrepreneurs sought ways to run businesses for less money in a jittery economy.
Dina ElBoghdady Thousands of people in the US who lost their homes to foreclosure are now eligible to buy back those properties at current market value if their loans were backed by the mortgage-finance giants Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition parties agreed to a draft law that would force Germany's leading listed companies to allocate 30 per cent of the seats on non-executive boards to women from 2016 onward.
Andrew Kramer in the conference room, two men lounge about playing video games on an Xbox, and in place of cubicles, there are bunk beds: High Level Hostel is on the 43rd floor of a multimillion-dollar glass-and-steel office tower in Moscow's financial district - dirty socks and all.