The 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index, released annually by Transparency International, shows northern Europe continues to be perceived as the world's least corrupt region, with six countries taking the top 10 spots. The island-state of Singapore climbed into first place this year with New Zealand and Denmark. The United States fell behind Chile and into 22nd place, marking the first time it failed to rank in the top 20. Russia ranked worst among global powers, falling from 146th place to 154th place, tied with Cambodia. Nearly three quarters of the 178 countries in the index were below five on a scale of 0 (high corruption) to 10 (low corruption). That means not just the following countries have a corruption problem.
Iceland is No. 1 and Yemen is ranked last in the World Economic Forum's 2010 Global Gender Gap Index, which measures gender equality.
Louis Caprioli, the former head of France’s domestic intelligence agency, says the raft of travel warnings suggests that 'something real is afoot.'
France arrested 12 suspects in three cities. Western governments are focusing on 'homegrown' terrorism amid concerns that Al Qaeda is tapping sympathizers with citizenship in Western countries.
Niger kidnappings: The assailants made their way through streets patrolled by 350 soldiers, past the gate of a secure residential area and the security guards standing in front of the foreigners' homes.
Asian 'unicorn,' also known as the saola, is one of the world's rarest animals. It has been sighted in Laos for the first time in a decade. Likened to a unicorn despite having two horns, the captured asian 'unicorn' died in captivity.
Pope terror plot allegedly involved five street cleaners who were picked up by police before dawn Friday in London. A sixth individual, implicated by authorities in the pope terror plot, was arrested later in the day.
A new Amnesty International report on Iraq estimates that 30,000 untried detainees are currently being held by Iraqi authorities, many of them transferred from US prisons.
Córdoba, Spain, was a center of art and culture under medieval Islamic rule and an inspiration for the original name of the planned New York City mosque.
The danger in the debate about the mosque near Ground Zero is that Americans start believing every Muslim thinks alike, much less that they support the 9/11 terrorists. Would that kind of group think apply to Christians or Jews?