The US and Iraq have spent billions on concrete blast walls and other measures to protect against insurgent groups, including Al Qaeda. But power cuts and rolling blackouts are feeding public discontent over a lack of electricity.
At the World Cup, France officially crashed out of the tournament after losing today's France vs. South Africa match to a surprisingly strong showing by the home team. But the Bafana Bafana victory was not enough to help them advance.
UK budget 2010: Britain today unveiled budget cuts to raise £40 billion in state revenues through tax increases, welfare cuts, and salary freezes. But history suggests that raising taxes during a recession can cause a double-dip.
Iran and Israel traded verbal barbs this week, with a former Israeli intelligence chief calling for a preemptive military strike against Iran. Analysts worry that both sides could get carried away and find themselves at war.
Israeli diamond tycoon Dan Gertler, grandson of Israel Diamond Bourse founder Moshe Schnitzer, recently purchased stakes in oil and mining projects in the Congo. It's unclear where the money is going.
France needs to win by a hefty margin in today's France vs. South Africa game – and hope that Mexico defeats Uruguay soundly – if Les Bleues are to advance to the second round of the World Cup.
At the Shanghai Expo, the Monitor's Beijing bureau chief and his Francophone Choir serendipitously serenade the founding father of the Fête de la Musique.
The meltdown of France's World Cup team - both on and off the pitch - have shaken all walks of French society. The team has become a metaphor for everything seen as wrong in France today – politics, race, wealth, and too much individualism.
South Africa World Cup baby names such as Fifa, Bafana, and Soccer City are proliferating in the Rainbow Nation as white and black families name their children after stadiums and teams.
Mexico vs. Uruguay 2010 is the most anticipated match on the World Cup schedule Tuesday, beside France vs. South Africa, Nigeria vs. South Korea, Greece vs. Argentina.
The Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), which is engaged in an escalating conflict with the military that has killed at least 13 soldiers since Friday, is suspected of coordinating Tuesday's Istanbul bomb attack.
Spain has regained its swagger with two goals from star striker David Villa during the Spain vs. Honduras match. Can they carry that into their do-or-die game against Chile on Friday?
Near Philadelphia, Erin Hurley finds adopted homes for retired race horses, saving them from a trip to the slaughterhouse.
Israel's announcement yesterday of an easing of the Gaza blockade on civilians meets international demands. But the UN and other groups are waiting to see how much actually changes on the ground.
Russia is again using gas as a foreign policy tool to alter behavior of its neighbors. It wants Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to join a new customs union championed by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
On the first day of summer the temperature has already reached 120 degrees F. in Iraq, with the hottest days yet to come. Faltering electricity, on top of violence and a political vacuum, has plunged many into deeper despair.
Acting president Bronislaw Komorowski took over on April 10 after the plane crash death of President Lech Kaczynski. Komorowski, and the deceased president’s twin brother Jaroslaw Kaczynski, are set to face each other in the Poland election on July 4.
We thought Brazil would lay the goals on North Korea, but instead it was their former colonial masters who pounded the Stalinist regime's soccer team 7-0 during today's Portugal vs. North Korea match.