If America defaults on its debt this week, it won't be the first economic superpower to do so. Imperial Spain was a chronic defaulter in the 16th and 17th centuries, and this helped lead to its downfall.
Silvio Berlusconi started his community service Friday. Italy's flamboyant former prime minister showed up for his first shift at a clinic for Alzheimer's patients near Milan. The billionaire tycoon will be working there a few hours a week for the next year as punishment for committing tax fraud.
Phoenix welcomes more refugees than almost any other American city. It's also home to a great many undocumented immigrants. One group of refugee children is finding its way in a new home on the soccer field, coach by an undocumented immigrant.
Italians love their cars. In fact, only the United States has more of them per capita. That's what makes this next piece of data so shocking: for the first time in almost 50 years, bike sales in Italy are vastly outpacing car sales.
In Phoenix, there is a soccer club called Team Milan made up of kids from all over the world. The team's coaches are undocumented immigrants. They find common ground on the field. Valeria Fernández of "Feet in 2 Worlds" reports this story.
The World's Gerry Hadden reports that Italy's latest election campaign has seen a change in the country's super-fragmented political landscape, as the main left-of-center candidate is refusing to run as part of a coalition