Unable to solve its euro crisis, Europe is turning to the International Monetary fund. Its new leader, Christine Lagarde, brings unusual skills to solve a debt crunch that could stall the world economy.
The young, Western-educated Kim Jong-un may be just the fresh start that North Korea needs to open up. He has a recent model to follow – Burma, a fellow reclusive nation in Asia that's reforming.
As recent events in Israel and Egypt show, religious norms that treat women differently or as inferior can irritate those who want fair, secular rule. And Hillary Clinton tries to define a fine line between faith-based bias and human rights.
The Obama Justice Department quietly issued a legal opinion – just before a long Christmas weekend – that allows states to set up nonsports Internet gambling. The opinion upends decades of contrary decisions, but its real effect will be on the poor (and young) who suffer the most from gambling.
The bicentennial of Dickens's birth provides a chance to understand why his 'A Christmas Carol' helped Christians refocus on the meaning of Christmas.
On Dec. 24, tens of thousands of Russians plan to protest again over election fraud and other official corruption. The event will bookend a remarkable year of efforts, from China to India to Brazil, to rein in graft in high places.
New Gingrich and Mitt Romney are in a hot dispute over negatives ads in Iowa run by a super PAC. Voters should join in that debate on campaign-finance reform.
While Gingrich, Perry, and other GOP presidential hopefuls boldly cite their Christian faith – especially in Iowa – Britain's prime minister finds a more nuanced way to remind both countries of their Christian roots.