It's 8:30 p.m., and all eyes turn to Italy's most popular satirical news program, "Striscia la Notizia" ("Strip the News"). Two middle-aged men stand under a strobe light, one of them holding a belt from which dangles a vaguely phallic string of garlic.
Berlusconi's latest sex scandal is the least of his mounting problems.
Once upon a time, the rural poor were the beating heart of China, welcomed gladly at the nation's top universities. Now almost none of them attend, and with so few opportunities, poor high-school educations, and terrible public health, they're rapidly falling behind.
The Obama White House is now feeling the effects of an inescapable historical fact: presidents rarely enjoy prolonged popularity in real time. They just do not. In memory we recast reality and choose to think—wrongly—that the leaders we consider great were thought of in such terms in their own eras.
In what appears to be the latest effort by Islamic militants to lower the bar for what constitutes a "successful" terrorist attack, extremists have publicly boasted of an attempted chemical attack on the U.S. Embassy in Paris. In a message posted earlier this week on a jihadist Web site, the previously unknown Abu Dujanah al-Khorasani Brigade claimed responsibility for sending what it described as "chemical letters" to the embassy.
Matt Ridley sets out to prove that now is by far the best of times, and it's only going to keep getting better. Even today's greatest challenges, such as African poverty and climate change, are surmountable because of a remarkable human insight: that specialization and division of labor allow us to constantly improve our lot.
The FBI asked officials at the Homeland Security Department to limit the number of airlines which were given special emergency warning that the name of Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad had been added to the U.S.