December 19th, 2011
06:15 PM GMT
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Dublin (CNN) – Many of the world's airports are evolving from origins as mass transit hubs into economic powerhouses.

Dublin has similar ambitions for its own gateway. The Irish capital is using its airport facilities as a carrot to attract green businesses. CNN's Jim Boulden flew into Dublin Airport's shiny new Terminal 2 for a closer look.



December 19th, 2011
04:29 PM GMT
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London (CNN) – Asian markets fell on news of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s death, but analysts and ratings agencies say the ongoing economic impact will depend in part on the ease at which power is transferred to his youngest son, Kim Jong Un.

In contrast to Asian stocks, those in Europe and the U.S. were unmoved by the death of North Korea’s self-titled “Dear Leader,” as the rapid naming of his successor appeared to alleviate some fears of a power vacuum.

However, concerns the Korean peninsula would be destabilized by Kim's death prompted ratings agencies Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings to warn the sovereign rating of North Korea’s neighboring South Korea would come under scrutiny.

It also reinvigorated debate around whether the North Korean regime could collapse, and the peninsula be reunified.
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