Their goal is to spur growth, but these billions spent on fossil fuels just drain budgets while helping the rich.
A woman walks past a billboard for Afghanistan's presidential election in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 16.
THE FIRST COUPLE: Despite criticism earlier this fall for his selection of jeans at a baseball game, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, looking stylish in this Feb. 22 photo while attending a dinner with the nation's governors, are routinely recognized for their good fashion choices. Okay, so mostly Michelle, but Barack looks pretty dapper in his tux!
The Copenhagen climate change talks kicked off on Monday. A Q&A on the key areas that will define success or failure.
After a Russian nightclub fire killed 113 people in Perm, a national day of mourning and allegations that corruption fed the tragedy.
The US and Russia are pledging to maintain the provisions of the 1991 START pact. But even with the best intentions, the path to cooperation is not always smooth.