ITALY - $35.8 billion: No. 10 but spending less. Over the past decade, Rome decreased state military spending by 13.3 percent – more than any other country in the top 10. According to Stockholm-based SIPRI's annual report, of the 19 states in the G20, only Argentina, Indonesia, and Italy did not increase their military spending in 2009. A comrade holds a photo of Italian Army Sgt. Maj. Roberto Valente in Naples, Italy, on Sept. 17 after Valente was killed in action in Afghanistan.
Louvre Museum, Paris, 1911, recovered – In one of the most audacious of crimes, not just art thefts, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci was swiped from the gallery, shocking the French nation. Italian officials arrested a Vincenzo Perugia, who was intending to sell it and return it to Italy. He was released after just a few months and viewed as a hero in his home country. The painting returned to the Louvre in 1914.
Lars Vilks, the Swedish cartoon artist allegedly targeted by 'Jihad Jane' for portraying the Prophet Mohammed as a dog, was attacked Tuesday when he showed an Iranian film that depicts the Prophet in a gay bar. Are radical Muslims succeeding in muzzling free speech?
Sweden and Norway gradually reopened airspace on Friday while Denmark and Finland remained closed because of the ash cloud from the Iceland volcano.
Two Stockholm-based architects visited with shantytown residents in Pune, India, last year to build lower-income homes based on 'design by consensus.' What would Ayn Rand think?
No immediate reports of injuries or damages from Iceland volcano eruption but scientists worry of larger eruption at nearby Katla volcano.
After politicians in the US and Sweden recently labeled the deaths of up to 1.5 million in 1915 an Armenian genocide, Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan responded by threatening to expel about 100,000 Armenians living in Turkey.
ABBA is headed for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame