The Laos government is banking on hydropower - with plans to build 55 dams - to sell electricity to its Asian neighbors. But critics say hydropower comes at the cost of more displaced farmers and altered rivers.
There are more South American teams than European teams in the World Cup second round. That hasn't happened in decades. What's going on?
PLATYPUS: A platypus baby, or 'puggle,' is held before being transferred back to its burrow after emerging for the first time at Sydney's Taronga Zoo in 2006.
Oliver Stone's documentary 'South of the Border' grossed more in one weekend in the US than in nearly two weeks in Venezuela. Why has the sympathetic portrait of President Hugo Chávez fallen flat with Venezuelans?
Japan fell 3-5 on penalty kicks at the end of a hard-fought scoreless Japan vs Paraguay match that revealed just how far Asian soccer has come.
Berlusconi attacker: The man who hurled a statuette at Premier Silvio Berlusconi, leaving him with a broken nose and two broken teeth, is not fit to stand trial.
World Cup schedule Tuesday: Paraguay vs Japan is at 10 am ET, followed by Spain vs Portugal at 2:30 pm ET. These are the last matches to determine who advances to the quarterfinals.
Politically unstable Kyrgyzstan, which experienced a coup this spring, is home to a US air base that's critical to the war in Afghanistan. Russia is paying close attention. So should Washington.
Reader mailbag: With the prospect of more family income, decide what's most important to both of you.
BP oil spill: Combined with an already-tight global shrimp market, the spill is likely to mean much higher prices.