Congress approved a fiscal cliff bill Tuesday night, after weeks of broken deals and failed compromises. But the battle is far from over as conservatives push for dramatic increases in spending cuts in exchange for raising the country's debt limit, as soon as March.
The efforts to avert the fiscal cliff started slowly but took on urgency over the past 72 hours. All signs point to a broad outline of a deal being reached, but it remains unclear whether both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate will be able to vote on it before the night is over.
Way back in 1976, Congress changed the way copyright law works, but delayed the practical implementation until 2013. With 2013 just around the corner, artists are preparing to reclaim the rights to popular works that they created from 1978.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said he would sign a bill banning adoption of Russian children by Americans -- retaliation for a U.S. human rights bill targeting Russians. The measure sparked protests from U.S. diplomats, and from Russian children and their adoptive U.S. parents.
Russian fourth graders will learn about one of six religions under a new program implemented in that country this school year. Under the new program, lobbied for by the Russian Orthodox Church, parents can choose from six religion or belief systems to learn about.
In Italy, the caretaker government of Prime Minister Mario Monti has been dissolved. But with new elections to be held In February and another former prime minister already set to run again, some say this isn't necessarily the end of Monti.
Mali's tourism industry was long its third-most important, fueling local economies and keeping people employed. But after terrorists and separatists seized control of the country's northern region, that tourism has all but disappeared.
After the Gulf War, sanctions prohibited Americans from sending money to Iraq. Iraqi-American Shakir Hamoodi broke those rules, however, when he found out his family in Iraq had miscarried, because they couldn't afford $10 antibiotics. Now he's in jail — almost 20 years after the fact.
This December marks the two-year anniversary of the Arab Spring. And though it feels like the revolutions were ages ago, the revolution might not be over. Just look to Syria, and Egypt and even Tunisia.
The U.S. Army often needs people who speak a specific language in its ranks. Many of those people though, while living in the United States, aren't U.S. citizens or permanent residents. That's presented a problem for the Army, but one that an innovative program aims to solve.