With a US Congress 'super committee' unable to cut spending and Britain's government also struggling, the West is looking like a wastrel; and Cairo's Tahrir Square seethes once more.
Weighing in at $65 million, the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton is about 2,000 times as costly as the average British upper-middle class wedding.
Much of Western Europe has come to a halt as governments, airports like Heathrow, and train operators like Eurostar appeared unprepared for fast-moving winter storms.
The royal nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton is welcomed by Britons – but most say they want a more modest affair that doesn't drain the public purse.
Some British officials complain about harsh criticism of the company formerly known as ‘British Petroleum.' Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron will try to smooth US-UK ties when they discuss the BP oil spill – among other topics – this weekend.