Markets are spiking because of fears Putin will use energy as a weapon. Here's why he won't.
Italy's new 39-year-old prime minister is in a race against time to save his country. Will Rome destroy him first?
The Sochi Olympic Games spell the end of the rope for Russia's wilderness vigilantes.
Is a Spanish attempt to hold China accountable for abuses in Tibet the end of the global policeman?
Fleshy oysters and severed phalluses: The best sexual stimulants from around the world.
How a Swiss commodities giant used shell companies to make an Angolan general three-quarters of a billion dollars richer.
How the right-wing demagogue politician Marine Le Pen can save the floundering Republican Party.
...and banks keep getting us confused.
Why it's time to build a new special relationship between Washington and Paris.
Snowden-esque scandals at the Ministry of Magic (and Ron and Hermione got a divorce).
How to ski for Dominica if you're an Italian couple from Staten Island.
Why the Great Recession's "lost generation" may be lost to the right wing -- forever.
Why the unmarried and childless are singing the welfare state blues.
Europe is worried it can be a clean-energy paradise or a competitive economy -- but not both.
Why is Western Europe hysterical over a swarm of criminal, scrounging immigrants that doesn’t actually exist?
Inside the shadowy $4 million ransom payment to release two kidnapped Europeans in Syria.
Why Turkey's nasty Gulen-Erdogan fight is making for some strange bedfellows.
How one of the world’s major shipping companies is hindering the fight against world hunger.
How Germany’s progressive prostitution law backfired and turned it into the bordello of Europe.
The United States sanctioned Ante Gotovina when he was a fugitive fleeing war crimes charges. Now he's a free man, but still on the list.
Did François Hollande single-handedly kill the state Charles de Gaulle made?
From the Vatican to Brazil, from Paris to Bahrain, a global tour of the year the street roared.