For today's Geo Quiz we were looking for a northern European country whose economy is in big trouble. The answer is Latvia. Anchor Marco Werman finds out more from Ilze Nagla, host of the Latvian TV news program De Facto.
The wounds of World War II are still deeply felt. That was evident in Latvia, where veterans gathered to commemorate troops who died defending against Soviet invaders. The troops fought on the side of Nazi Germany. The BBC's Damien McGuiness is in Riga.
Thousands of protesters from across Europe are taking part in demonstrations against spending cuts by EU governments. Trade unions say EU workers may be the biggest victims of a financial crisis set off by bankers. The World's Gerry Hadden reports.
Several Republican presidential candidates are promoting the idea of a flat tax -- a system where everybody pays the same tax rate. The idea of a flat tax isn't all that novel or original. Lots of other countries have one.
Latvia is on the path to adopt the euro starting in January 2014. Trouble is, most Latvians don't share their government's enthusiasm and they don't want to give up their own money; the lat. Gederts Gelzis reports from Riga, Latvia.
President Obama insists that the international community must present a united front against Russia's apparent expansionism.But what can they do? Where does NATO draw the line? Host Marco Werman speaks with Ivo Daalder, who was US ambassador to NATO until last year.
NATO is on high alert on its eastern borders, with the controversy between Russia and Ukraine still simmering. The US and UK fear that Russian forces may be more nimble than NATO. Meanwhile, historians are learning about an older military conflict, the US Civil War, from a dig. And China ponders its dog meat festival, in today's Global Scan.
Vladimir Linderman once published a Playboy-like magazine that pushed for LGBT rights and put porn on Soviet newstands. Now he's trying to ban "gay propaganda" in the former Soviet republic of Latvia. So why did he switch sides?