The Russia-Ukraine gas war has left some downstream nations with only a mild shortfall, but has incited debate on how to secure energy reserves amid regional instability.
Team Obama is more pragmatic and less ideological than its predecessors, say diplomats and campaign advisers. Afghanistan will be a foreign-policy priority.
European holiday markets, which date back centuries, are enjoying renewed popularity.
A spirit of cooperation is tested ahead of a crucial series of meetings to prepare for a Nov. 15 US summit.
But EU leaders did agree to begin rewriting European accounting regulations later this month.
Three major lenders were rescued on Monday as the global credit crisis spread.
New programs aim to ensure low-income kids can aspire to promising careers.
Sylvia Schenk, a lawyer and former Olympic runner, is trying to rid sports of drugs by getting sponsors to force athletes to submit to testing.