After enduring years of scandal and declining public respect, the British monarchy is once-more at the top of its popularity. That will be on display this week with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration, marking 60 years since she took the throne.
Charles Taylor, 64, the former leader of Liberia, convicted war criminal and American college student, will very likely spend the rest of his natural life in prison as punishment for the role he played in the violent crimes during the Sierra Leone civil war.
Britain has a love-affair with class. It's enshrined in its monarchy and system of lords and titles. But in the 1980s and 1990s, the government tried to drive class away. Now, though, some are beginning to declare that class never could have disappeared, except from the language of politicians.
At a summit meeting on Wednesday, European leaders signaled they're pushing ahead for contingency planning for a Greek exit from the euro. But that possibility may lead to further unimagined problems.
The Ukrainian people took to the streets in 2004, demanding free and fair elections in what became known as the Orange Revolution. They got what they wanted then, but over time things have reverted to the way they were. That has some in the middle class a bit disillusioned.
The Olympic torch relay is underway in the United Kingdom right now. More than 8,000 people will carry the torch some distance across Britain before the Olympic games start. But some of them are choosing to take the torch and sell them.
From the 1950s through the 1970s, the United Kingdom administered a test to all of its 11-year-old. Students who passed got the golden ticket, grammar schools, college and social mobility. Those who failed, the vast, vast majority, were ticketed to less prestigious schools and careers in factories, as garbage collectors and other blue collar positions.
Environmental dumping is a major problem in Italy, and its source can often be tracked back to organized crime. A new, small unmanned aerial vehicle is being tested to help not only catch polluters in the act, but track pollution back to its source.
Ratko Mladic went on trial at The Hague this week, accused of committing war crimes during the ethnic violence there in the 1990s. He'd been on the run for years. His trial, though, has kindled strong feelings in Serbia and caused his foes and his fans to engage in an ongoing graffiti war.
As Greece tries to get its political and financial house in order, the return of the drachma seems ever more possible. But that might not be the salve some Greek leaders want it to be. The consequences for Greece could quickly spiral beyond their control.