Beige Book is the Federal Reserve's periodic survey of economic conditions around the US.
A boy plays in front of his flooded house in downtown of Ha Tinh city, Ha Tinh province, Vietnam.
Rwanda got a bit of a raw deal to be ranked near the bottom of Reporters Without Borders' annual press freedom list this year, says guest blogger Jina Moore.
Coca-Cola sales in North America increased for the second quarter in a row after four years of declines.
Recent interruptions in exports of rare earth minerals are due to a sharp cut in export quotas announced last July, argue China and rare earths analysts.
Afghan refugee Aisha Daoud, holds a copy of the Quran while taking part in a daily class to learn how to read verses of the Quran, at a mosque in a poor neighborhood of Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Russian spies deported from the United States earlier this year, including Anna Chapman, have received top honors from President Dmitry Medvedev.
A major militant attack on the Chechen parliament is raising doubts about Kremlin-backed Ramzan Kadyrov's boasts that he's pacified Chechnya.
The leaders of France, Germany, and Russia will meet this week in Deauville, France, as a first step toward fostering closer ties.
Gorbachev criticized the system of strong and centralized state power restored by Mr. Putin, who came to power aiming to reverse a decade of economic slump, social collapse, and political drift.