The WikiLeaks cable dump has uncovered a lot of downright serious allegations: that the State Department pressured Germany into not criminally investigating the CIA's kidnapping of one of its innocent citizens, that the British government secretly allowed the US to keep cluster bombs on its soil in defiance of a treaty, that the US manipulated the Spanish criminal justice system in its investigation of the CIA's torture of its citizens, and so on. And it also uncovered some very weird stories. Earlier this week, we wrote about how Qaddadfi loves flamenco dancing, how King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia likes the idea of surgically implanting people with tracking chips, and how a 75-year-old US citizen fled Iran on horseback. The leaks keep coming. Here are five more of the oddest stories to come out of the leaked State Department cables.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his government have been hit with a slew of scandals in recent months, most recently a tangle with French media.
A roundup of this week's news from Africa's Great Lakes region: Rwanda offers shares in its only brewery, Burundi sends 850 more soldiers to Somalia, and Ben Affleck talks about Congo.
President Obama's visit to Afghanistan comes just as WikiLeaks cables are bringing fresh attention to grave problems on the war front.
Israeli officials are racing to contain wildfires that began in northern Israel on Thursday morning, prompting the evacuation of 17,000 and a rare request for international assistance. But while these fires are devastating for Israel – as of Friday they've killed at least 42 people and burned an estimated 8,600 acres in the tiny country – they are far smaller than other major forest fires around the globe.
A painter and a writer have both recently depicted race, which remains an uncomfortable issue in South Africa more than a decade after the end of apartheid, in their work.
As international help pours in to quench an unprecedented Israeli wildfire, many are asking whether the country is equally unprepared to deal with an Iran or Hezbollah missile attack.
Amid budget cutbacks and a 'diminishing appetite' for war, Europe has turned increasingly to the 'soft power' assignments like training and institution-building.
A rebel movement's temporary occupation of a town in the Central African Republic raises doubts about removing UN peacekeepers or holding elections in January.
Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was today declared winner of the election, a day after opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara was also declared the victor.
After Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa was met with protests during a private visit in Britain on Thursday, his supporters rallied today outside the British mission in Colombo.
Until WikiLeaks revealed otherwise this week, Israeli officials had insisted that the two countries remained regional partners. Now they're speaking more openly about a shift toward Turkey's rival, Greece.
A US-based domain name provider terminated its relationship with WikiLeaks.org, saying that attacks on the WikiLeaks site were causing problems for other users.
Europe snow: In many parts of Europe, train services continued to see heavy disruptions, but air traffic was returning to normal in many places.
Dick Cheney, former US vice president, will be charged Thursday by Nigerian anti-corruption police in a case against Halliburton.
Stylish, green, and close to the action, Japan's microhouses gain appeal in a city that has made them a necessity.
Students educated abroad find opportunity – and a lifestyle similar to what they had overseas.