The PR-firm Ketchum, was involved in placing Russian President Vladimir Putin's op-ed in the Times. Ketchum counts the Russian government as one of its clients. It scored a victory and struck PR gold by landing the piece in America's paper of record.
Pope Francis has a new car. He's been seen driving it around the Vatican, and it's not the kind of bullet-proof Popemobile previous pontiffs used. This one is 20-year-old used Renault utility car with 170,000 miles on it that a priest donated to Francis.
Aides to Israel's PM are working on a new plan to recruit college students to spread the government's message. The online public diplomacy would be conducted by about 550 kids, who wouldn't be required to identify themselves as working for the government.
The head of US tire maker Titan, Maurice Taylor, has said it would be "stupid" to invest in France. In a letter to a French government minister, Taylor claimed that French workers only put in three hours a day.
Harley Davidson has hit some hard times, the company just reported an 84% slide in 3rd quarter profits. So it's looking to wealthy customers overseas to expand its market. Places like the Middle East. Ben Gilbert reports from Beirut.
Vancouver's Elbow Room Cafe is known for two things. Good food ? and abuse! The cafe's built a reputation of giving customers a hard time. Surprisingly this approach attracts many customers. The World's Andrea Crossan tried the strange cafe.
A French mystery writer set her latest novel in a well-known Parisian fabric store. But the shop owners were appalled to read of all the bloody goings-on, although fictional, at their store. They have sued the author. Genevieve Oger reports from Paris.
In addition to honing their fighting skills, some of Syria's rebels are working on their PR as well. They're careful now to speak about a future Syria that is democratic and inclusive - to all religions and women.
British-based super retailer, Tesco's, has extended a helping hand to a local bookstore after the store's manager emailed Tesco's chief executive about concerns that the superstore would put her small shop out of business. From PRI's The World.
Burger King ads that will air on Arab TV channels across the Middle East poke fun at Americans' ignorance of Saudi Arabia. Anchor Marco Werman gets the story from Caryle Murphy, correspondent for the Global Post news service.