Part 2 of the surprisingly upbeat state of the world: Long-term statistics show war is on the wane.
European stocks as well as the euro dropped as optimism from last week's euro crisis summit yielded to tough questions about the EU's ability to avert fresh crises.
Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy have proposed a pact to form a European 'fiscal union' with strict financial rules in parallel with the EU. But Britain has balked, leaving it the odd man out.
Europe debt crisis solution would be joint-issued euro bonds. Germany denies reports that it has initial plans to solve Europe debt crisis with euro bonds issued by nations with triple A credit.
Russia's Kremlin-backed businesses are snapping up assets in former Eastern Europe, though governments are still wary.
Brad Pitt's 'World War Z' movie had nearly 100 guns confiscated by police, Tuesday. The prop guns were found to be real, and easily able to fire live rounds.
Fat tax – imposed on butter, oil, other fatty foods – could be world's first. Denmark's fat tax would raise price of a hamburger by 15 cents; small package of butter, 40 cents.
Since last year's 'Red Sludge' disaster, Hungary's worst environmental tragedy, Hungarians have used the tools of democracy to seek restitution – a rarity in this former Communist state.