Transparency International's annual index found that the economic crisis in Europe and turmoil in Arab Spring countries contributed to increased corruption. But when it came to naming the single most corrupt country, it was a three-way tie.
The proposition that some extra weight may not be a health worry has sparked a heated medical debate. Some studies have found that a little extra fat might have benefits. A new analysis suggests that for almost all people excess weight increases the risk of death and disease.
Police allowed them to swarm into the prime minister's compound and shout slogans. Demonstrators want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down. Three people have been killed and more than 230 wounded since the protests turned violent two days ago.
The largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history took a step forward Tuesday when a judge said the city can go forward with its Chapter 9 bankruptcy case. Now a manager will work to cut pension costs and make deals with creditors. Detroit is $18.5 billion in debt.
A test that measures students' proficiency in reading, math and science worldwide shows that American 15-year-olds continue to turn in flat results, failing to crack the global top 20. Teenagers in Vietnam have outpaced their U.S. counterparts in their average scores in math and science.
The vice president urged calm and called for new mechanisms to avoid an escalation of regional tensions. China and Japan have been at odds over the airspace above a set of disputed islands in the East China Sea.
From the White House and the Supreme Court on down, gay rights advocates have won a string of victories this year. Many Americans remain opposed to same-sex marriage, but support for gays and gay marriage has been rising — particularly among young people.