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.
Hedge funds are investing in big time divorce cases for spouses who think their exes have significant assets but can't afford to pay the legal fees to fight the case. And Laura attends 'divorce fair' giving helpful advice for divorcees.
This weekend Japanese voters will be choosing members of Japan's Upper House. A dozen parties are on the ballot, and some of the newer ones have come up with some unusual names to try to appeal to apathetic voters. Akiko Fujita has more from Tokyo.
Screaming fans greeted the popstar Madonna last night as she launched her first Hard Candy Fitness gym. It's located in an upscale neighborhood called ï¿½Bosques de las Lomasï¿½ in the city we're looking for in the Geo Quiz.
A volcano in Iceland features in our Geo Quiz. It's been erupting for a few days now. So far, the volcano's spectacular displays of smoke and lava have mostly been a boon for tourism. Bjorn Eriksen manages a hotel within sight of the volcano.
It has been nearly 20 years since the Soviet Union dissolved, but that hasn't stopped some Russians from using an Internet domain called .su, which stands for the Soviet Union. Jessica Golloher has the details from Moscow.
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.
For eight years, McDonald's has been fighting a restaurant in Malaysia called ï¿½ McCurry. The American fast food giant tried to copyright the ï¿½mcï¿½ prefix. But Malaysia's Federal Court said: NOT so fast.