A report by the Russian parliament's Audit Chamber alleges the sports minister spent 12 times his official limit for hotel expenses and $4,500 on breakfasts during the Vancouver Olympics. His job could be in jeopardy.
To become a truly prosperous and democratic nation, Russia must be willing to abandon cultural obstacles to progress. Based on a meeting I had with Russia's president last month, Moscow may not be ready to do that.
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More than 1,200 delegates wrapped up the three-day meeting, hearing speech after speech castigating big government and Democrats.
NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand is the most peaceful country in the world, according to the 2010 Global Peace Index (GPI), the fourth edition of an annual attempt to quantify peace in countries across the world. New Zealand topped 149 other countries on the list, based on 23 factors including military expenditures, participation in United Nations peacekeeping, and domestic stability. Here, a Zorb rolls down a slip in Rotorua, New Zealand, in May 2009. Zorbing is where visitors can tumble down a hillside in what looks like a giant beach ball.
The burqa is part of an individual’s religious beliefs. It’s strikingly contradictory therefore that France, in order to liberate women from perceived Islamic oppression, has to violate their universal human rights.
BAGHDAD: Mercer’s 2010 annual quality of life survey of 221 cites ranked the Iraqi capital as the worst place in the world to live, and the ongoing war and sectarian violence likely weighed heavily in this rating. A lack of security and political stability continue to undermine Baghdad’s quality of living, Mercer found. Iraqi people, seen here through a shrapnel hole, walk past the site of a car bomb in Baghdad on May 13 after an explosion ripped through a popular cafe the night before.
A Vancouver bomb threat on a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong caused Canadian officials to send fighter jets to escort the plane to the airport Saturday.