August 1, 2013 The Court of Cassation upheld a lower court's conviction of the ex-premier in a move that could threaten the ruling coalition.
August 1, 2013 Moscow is steeped in history and clogged with traffic. To appreciate the former and escape the latter, an overnight bicycle tour takes place every year. Thousands gather for the event, taking off at midnight and tuning into FM radio to hear historians and architects talk about sites along the route.
August 1, 2013 Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes to bring the Japanese economy out of years of stagnation by pumping money into the economy and encouraging domestic consumption. But not everyone is seeing the benefits, and some say it's just a repackaging of strategies that have failed Japan before.
August 1, 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry said the White House hopes to end the program "very, very soon" because the U.S. has "eliminated most of the threat."
August 1, 2013 The chilling, never delivered speech for Queen Elizabeth II was drafted by civil servants in 1983 as part of a war games scenario. It echoes Winston Churchill's defiant radio broadcasts in the face of Adolf Hitler's bombing campaign.
August 1, 2013 The attack showed that while the government has made significant gains, rebels still have firepower. The explosion hit the neighborhood of Zahra, which is majority Alawite, the same sect as President Bashar Assad.
August 1, 2013 McDonald's may seem to be everywhere, but there are still 105 countries without the fast food giant, from Ghana to Jamaica to Yemen to Tajikistan. In six countries, McDonald's once had a presence, but due to economics, and sometimes politics, the franchises closed.
August 1, 2013 Uruguay's legislature is taking steps to approve a controversial bill detailing how the government would regulate marijuana, from its production and import to marketing and distribution. The move would be a first.
August 1, 2013 After Russia granted NSA leaker Edward Snowden a one-year asylum, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the move "undermines a long history of cooperation." Snowden arrived at Moscow's airport from Hong Kong more than a month ago.