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  • Gaffe-prone conservative Tony Abbott likely next Australian leader

    Gaffe-prone conservative Tony Abbott likely next Australian leader
    The conservative politician widely expected to emerge as Australia's  prime minister after Saturday's parliamentary elections has mused publicly that it may not be "a bad thing" that men have more power than women. Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott has...
  • IOC lacks plan on athletes' support of gay rights in Sochi

    IOC lacks plan on athletes' support of gay rights in Sochi
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Thomas Bach was doing media interviews Tuesday when Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic organizing committee. interrupted to hand Bach a cell phone.  On the line was Russian President Vladimir Putin, the...
  • The Ambrosetti Forum: Economic brainstorming, Italian-style

    It’s been a hangout of intellectuals and politicians for about 450 years, and for the last 40, the gorgeous Villa d’Este on Lake Como in Italy has been the place where other politicians and intellectuals, joined by the modern-day aristocrats...
  • Putin Winning Game Of Clowns

    As I read Vlad's op-ed in The New York Times, a Judy Collins tune kept replaying in my head: "Isn't it rich? Isn't it queer?" The song, actually written by Stephen Sondheim, is "Send in the Clowns" and seems an apt soundtrack for current events. As we'...
  • Watch it live: Nelson Mandela's memorial service

    Watch it live: Nelson Mandela's memorial service
    More than 90 world leaders and tens of thousands of South Africans plan to pay their last respects to Nelson Mandela at a memorial service Tuesday in the Johannesburg township of Soweto. The gathering, part of 10 days of national mourning, takes place...
  • Obama flies in as singing crowds await Nelson Mandela memorial

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Thousands of South Africans filed into the 94,000-seat soccer stadium in Soweto early Tuesday for the state memorial service of the nation’s apartheid-struggle hero, Nelson Mandela. Low gray clouds and misty rain...
  • Obama navigates tricky diplomatic waters at Nelson Mandela memorial

    Obama navigates tricky diplomatic waters at Nelson Mandela memorial
    WASHINGTON — Even in death, Nelson Mandela is bringing together unlikely bedfellows. For President Obama, the trip to South Africa for the international icon’s memorial service has been a steady series of encounters that can test...
  • Obama sends out pop-up White House holiday card

    The 2013 White House holiday card from President Obama and his family has arrived, featuring another appearance by perennial canine star Bo, along with new presidential puppy Sunny. In a departure from the flat, colorful displays of past cards, this...
  • More turmoil expected after North Korea's ouster of second-in-command

    More turmoil expected after North Korea's ouster of second-in-command
    BEIJING — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's spectacularly public ouster of his uncle, Jang Song Taek, could bring about more political turmoil as the purge extends to Jang's coterie of powerful relatives and supporters. Reverberations are likely...
  • North Korea reportedly executes Kim Jong Un's 'scum' uncle

    BEIJING — Jang Song Taek, the uncle by marriage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was executed for attempting to seize power for himself, the official news service reported early Friday. In a rambling report, the Korea Central News Agency...
  • Brazil postpones state visit to U.S. over Snowden spying leaks

    WASHINGTON -- A state visit to the U.S. by the president of Brazil was put on hold Tuesday in the latest diplomatic fallout from leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about U.S. spying tactics. Documents leaked by Snowden...