Ethiopia is being hit hard by a dramatic slump in demand for flowers as the global economic crisis forces consumers to curb spending on perceived luxuries.
Volunteerism stands strong one year later – and has even won support from local authorities normally wary of grass-roots movements.
A escalating feud could distract Baitullah Mehsud and his 10,000-plus men from fighting Western forces in Afghanistan.
US envoy Stephen Bosworth is visiting Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo, after Pyongyang rejected six-party dialogue and threatened to test another nuclear bomb.
Political and military leaders in the region try to look to the positive as Taliban fighters entrench in Pakistan's Swat Valley.
On the Fourth of July, for the first time in almost eight years, visitors to the statue will be able to climb the spiraling stairs.
Britain's large Somali community chews at least seven tons a week of a drug banned in most Western countries.
Roquefort prices won't triple for Americans, and Europeans can block hormone-treated US beef.
His pilgrimage this week is also a chance to reassure Jews and Muslims about Vatican views.
But the military said that the estimated death toll of the bombing this week – 100 people – was "grossly exaggerated."