Japan is quietly emerging as a global trendsetter in pop culture, as well as in green technology and environmental practices.
The former Colombian hostage visited eight nations this past week pushing for leaders to support efforts to free hostages still held by leftist rebels.
Expansion of stun-gun use faces a mixed reaction from the largely unarmed police service.
The action raises questions about whether troops will withdraw, as planned, by the end of the year.
The Vatican fears the EU effort might open the door to gay marriage. The US is staying silent.
Readers write about the bailout of the Big Three, relations between the US and Nicaragua, how France can learn a lesson from Obama's election, and why the Fairness Doctrine should be reinstated.
Syria is the prime suspect in former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination. But many say an international tribunal could cause it to turn away from engaging with the West and Israel.