Merging 11 times zones into four would boost efficiency, says Russia's Medvedev. Russia spans nearly half the world's circumference.
Northeast Passage through the Arctic slashes time and money for mariners and could be a boom for Russia. But it raises concerns about ice loss induced by global warming.
Calvin Trillin offers a delightful record of the 2008 presidential campaign in verse.
At least 20 people died on the sub, which media reports say was to be handed over to India.
A Chinese-American journalist steps into the heat and adventure of Beijing's kitchens.
Thanks to a cellphone connection, two American boys are briefly transported across the world.