Oil futures on Asian markets buoyed by regional stock market gains, hopes of better US economic data. Oil futures moved up 95 cents.
Stock market futures in US edge up as tensions ease over Kim Jong Il's passing. Asia markets close lower, but stock market in Germany, Britain, and France recover.
A Christian Science perspective.
A lone gunman, who sprayed bullets at Christmas shoppers in Belgium Tuesday, also apparently killed his cleaning woman, said police.
Liege attack in Belgium appears to have been carried out by a lone gunman using grenades and automatic weapons.
Tiny Burundi has seen a modest turnaround since it put a civil war behind it. But continued instability in Congo allows Burundi's rebel groups a safe haven to launch attacks.
Today, Belgium announced the formation of a coalition government after 541 days of stalemate.