Roman Catholic Cardinals from the United States opted for secrecy over transparency, canceling a popular daily press briefing and leaving reporters (and the world) in the dark during an important time for the church.  This happened as most cardinals have arrived at the Vatican to begin the process of picking a new Pope.

The European Union fined Microsoft more than A$716 million for failing to live up to an antitrust agreement.  E.U. regulators have now fined the software giant the equivalent of more than 2.8 Billion Australian dollars over the past decade.

The three-way vice lock that holds Italian politics today could threaten the media empire that allowed the conservative former Italian Prime Minister Sylvio Berlusconi to freely pressure the government into accepting his positions.

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died at age 58 after a lengthy battle with cancer.  The fiery populist who declared a Socialist Revolution and was a thorn in the wide of the developed world powers championed a leftist revival that spread across South America.

Roman Catholic Cardinals gathered in Rome are apparently in no hurry to pick a replacement for Pontiff Emeritus Benedict XVI, even though one of his last official acts was to change the rules to allow for a speedier start to the conclave.

American military officials accuse Pakistan of using the C.I.A.’s drone attacks to disguise Pakistan’s own attacks on tribal areas.  Pakistan is denying these allegations.

Russian police are detaining three people in the Acid Attack on the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Filin, which shocked the worlds of art and dance.  One of the suspects is a star of the famed Russian Ballet Company.

The United Nations is canceling the Gaza marathon because the Islamist Hamas government has bowed to pressure from fundamentalists and is refusing to allow women to run.  That’s quite a change from past years when Hamas apparently had no problems with it, going as far to provide security for the runners.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’ health problems just seem to be getting worse.  A spokesman in Caracas says he’s now suffering a new infection following cancer surgery, and top officials have gathered in the capital city.

The father of Olympic track star and accused killer Oscar Pistorius has his own family distancing itself from his controversial comments about Guns, Race, and South Africa.

Police in Northern Ireland say they seized four primed mortar rounds moments before they were set to go out, breaking up a bombing plot that could have caused mass casualties. 

The “Princes of the Church” get ready to pick a new boss, China might scrape of an old barnacle from the past, and we’ll peek at the world’s wealthiest people. 

Czech Republican lawmakers have narrowly voted to charge conservative President Vaclav Klaus with High Treason for destroying several high-profile corruption cases.

Israel is being accused of Apartheid-style ethnic segregation after starting a bus service for Palestinians-only.  This was apparently done to placate Jewish settlers who claimed Arab passengers were ''a security risk'' because of past suicide bombings

A Canadian couple is facing domestic violence charges after allegedly fighting over the last beer and assaulting each other with chips and dip. 

Queen Elizabeth II has been discharged from the hospital where she had checked in for a night with a nasty case of gastroenteritis.  The 86 year old walked out of the front doors smiling.

A baby born of an emergency caesarean section when his young parents were killed in a hit and run accident, has himself died.  New York City police are hunting the occupants of the grey BMW sedan that caused all the trouble.

For only the second time in the entire world, Doctors have cured a patient with HIV.  Doctors in the U.S. say they’ve effectively cured a baby who was born with the virus that causes AIDS.  This startling development could sharply reduce the number of kids living with the HIV.

Rioting, earthquakes, Elephants, and a killer blizzard.  Here are some of the stories in the headlines around Asia.

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