The wide-ranging survey, conducted in 34 countries, also found that Russia's status has significantly increased.
France's first couple breeze past centuries of British-French antagonism on two-day state visit.
Charges against two men, one of whom worked for oil giant and joint venture TNK-BP, may be part of an effort to increase Russia's control over oil resources.
A series of rocket attacks have spurred calls in the Israeli government for an invasion of Gaza.
The plan, which would allow suspected terrorists to be detained for 42 days without charge, faces broad opposition.
An endurance swimmer uses momentum from a world record to draw attention to disappearing polar caps.