When Bolivian President Evo Morales signed a law last year banning live animals from traveling circuses, it posed a problem. What to do with the liberated lions? It didn't take long to find a fix: math teacher Pat Craig.
Nelson Peltz, famous for his big bets on restaurant chains such as Wendy's, is offering to buy discount retailer Family Dollar Stores.
The House took up a bill to make record spending cuts. The GOP legislation would slash spending on non-entitlement programs by $61 billion during the final seven months of this fiscal year, among them high-speed rail, water projects and job training. Obama defended his budget proposal against criticism that it was too timid, as a bipartisan group of senators moved to address long-term spending issues.
Democrats cited a report that said GOP-proposed spending cuts would result in the loss of 800,000 jobs.
A funeral in Bahrain swelled into growing clashes with security forces, in the first Mideast unrest to pit a Shiite majority against Sunni rulers.
President Obama defended his budget proposal against criticism that it was too timid, as a bipartisan group of senators moved on their own to address the long-term spending issues the White House budget ducked.
The Iranian government arrested hundreds of people as opposition leaders were threatened with execution, a day after the largest protests in a year prompted clashes in which at least two people were killed.
A string of small but persistent and violent protests in Yemen is putting fresh pressure on President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who only last week appeared to have outmaneuvered political opponents by dialing back popular unrest.
Egypt's military named an eight-person committee, including a Muslim Brotherhood member and a Christian judge, to recommend changes to the constitution, as opposition parties showed signs of gearing up for future elections.
Early last year, a group of U.S.-based human-rights activists, neoconservative policy makers and Mideast experts told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that what passed for calm in Egypt was an illusion.
Bank of Italy Governor Mario Draghi, seen as a leading candidate to become the next head of the European Central Bank, is redoubling his efforts to win the endorsement of Germany, the largest and most-influential member of the 17-member euro zone.
Switzerland said it will make it easier for foreign governments to hunt for tax cheats with Swiss bank accounts, amid continuing criticism that it still does too little to assist international tax authorities.
An effortless study in Gallic cool, Vincent Cassel has played characters both rakish and romantic, elegant leads mixed with a healthy share of the magnetically perverse. The leading man of modern French cinema is now poised for international success with this season's "Black Swan"... In the December issue of WSJ.