August 22nd, 2012
02:21 AM GMT
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(CNN) - Balancing work with a love life is a challenge for successful millennials. In the battle between work and romance, work often wins. “My name means to literally cultivate love,” says South African fashion blogger Milisuthando Bongela.

"There have been times when I have said no to being in a relationship because I was on a high way to success, and I thought it would be a distraction but it actually added to my successes because that part of my life was taken care of so I could thrive in another part of life."

How young careerists deal with love in this episode of “The Millennials.”

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August 17th, 2012
12:06 PM GMT
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Kolkata, India (CNN) - Kolkata’s Chinese community has been a key part of the city’s cultural and social fabric for more than 200 years. But now the city’s “Tonga” town is disappearing.

Once home to tens of thousands of ethnic Chinese, Kolkata has only around 2,000 today. They came as immigrants to India in the late 18th century, most finding work in this bustling port city.

Many left India because of  ethnic tensions following the country's war with China in 1962. Now, more are going – though their reasons are different.

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August 15th, 2012
03:04 PM GMT
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Editor’s note: The Millennials are a generation that are constantly plugged in and moving fast to make their mark on the world. CNN’s Quest Means Business is tracking four of them.

(CNN) – In the episode of the Millennials we take a look back at Michael Burbach's childhood and how he developed his love for acting.

Michael's mother tells why she considers her son a "our joy baby" and describes how he went from modelling on a macaroni cheese package to the stages of New York City.



August 15th, 2012
02:38 PM GMT
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(CNN) – The markets seem to be on summer shut-down, the likes of which I can barely remember in my career lifetime.

From eurozone data that showed growth shrinking everywhere bar Germany, to Greece saying they'll need to extend the terms of their bailout - the market reaction is barely more than a shrug.

I doubt everyone is lounging by a pool with a cocktail, but it does seem the markets have embraced a relaxed summer mode.

Give it a week of two and the panic mongering will no doubt begin again, because Europe’s problems have not gone away.
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August 15th, 2012
07:00 AM GMT
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(CNN) – Everything is “fine” (and more fines) for some big global banks these days.

Barclays has agreed to pay $453 million in fines for the Libor scandal, charged with manipulating key lending rates.

HSBC has set $700 million aside to pay for penalties after the bank failed to prevent money transfers linked to drug cartels and terrorist groups.

Now Standard Chartered has agreed to pay $340 million to New York regulators for years of conspiring with Iran to avoid U.S. sanctions and laundering $250 billion in transactions over 10 years.
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August 10th, 2012
09:07 AM GMT
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Editor’s note: Outlook is CNN's in-depth look at business climates around the world. To August 12, 2012, we’re focusing on Singapore.

(CNN) – It’s always been a case of two-way traffic in the spirited rivalry between Singapore and Hong Kong to attract expats – those that do a stretch in Singapore often do one in Hong Kong, too.

The comparisons form a staple of bar room chatter in both Asian cities.

After Singapore’s manicured dormitory suburbs, the sometimes over-weaning presence of the state and its tame media, Hong Kong’s fast pace polity and bare-knuckled local press can be a breath of fresh air. FULL POST

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August 9th, 2012
12:45 PM GMT
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Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN) – India’s contemporary art has been making a splash on the international scene in recent years, and now Bangladesh is trying to emulate its success.

Monirul Islam is considered one Bangladesh's most influential artists. In the 1960s he moved to Spain on a scholarship, and since then he has represented his native country's art scene abroad. He says it’s still difficult for Bangladeshi art to get noticed overseas.

“You have to go Europe, America, the art world, to expose our art. It's very difficult,” he told CNN’s Leone Lakhani.

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August 8th, 2012
08:16 AM GMT
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Editor’s note: The Millennials are a generation that are constantly plugged in and moving fast to make their mark on the world. CNN’s Quest Means Business is tracking four of them.

(CNN) -Jelly entrepreneurs Sam Bompas and Harry Parr embark on a hard sell with a big client in this episode of the Millennials. The pair enlist some extra help for the challenge. They're feeling prepared, bold, and ready to take a risk – but will it pay off?



August 8th, 2012
07:20 AM GMT
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(CNN) – Facebook’s purchase of Instagram hasn’t closed yet, but a cottage industry of online companies is seeking success on the back of Instagram’s popularity. Websites and apps are creating new business models, technology and choices for printing the pictures you take on your mobile phone.

LA-based Instacanvas says it just raised $1.7 million in seed financing. Their website allows you to upload your Instagram photos and print on canvases or acrylic photo glass. Printing costs between $39 and $79, depending on size. And you could even make some money: Instacanvas allows you to sell your photos to other users.
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August 7th, 2012
03:49 AM GMT
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London (CNN) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has lit a fuse that has sparked outrage in Germany and exposed the frayed wires that are holding Europe together.

In an interview with Germany’s Der Spiegel, Monti was quoted as saying: "The tensions that have accompanied the eurozone in the past years are already showing signs of a psychological dissolution of Europe."

He added that governments have to "educate" their parliaments as they try to reach agreement on the eurozone's future.

"If governments allow themselves to be entirely bound to the decisions of their parliament, without protecting their own freedom to act, a break up of Europe would be a more probable outcome than deeper integration."
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