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.
From croquet to speedboating, from tandem bicycling to painting, yes painting, the Olympic sports you're familiar with haven't always been part of the program. And some you may never have guessed once handed out gold medals.
Belgium is on the brink of forming a coalition government after more than 500 days of wrangling. The problem has largely been a north-south divide, one that looks like a microcosm of the north-south divide in the Eurozone.
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