cnn.com. “Cherie Blair's life after Downing Street”- Under constant scrutiny, hosting countless functions and attending numerous public events are just some of the practices expected of you as the other half of a head of state. All the while conducting yourself impeccably. So when Tony Blair was elected British prime minister in 1997, Cherie Blair went from being a fairly obscure but accomplished barrister to the UK's first lady.
‘London's pay per minute café” - A cafe that charges you per minute has just opened in London, as Isa Soares reports.
“Stock futures climb after selloff, JPMorgan results” - U.S. stock index futures advanced on Tuesday, a day after the S&P 500 suffered its biggest drop in two months, as investors digested earnings from JPMorgan and Wells Fargo and prepared for retail sales data.
ria.ru. “Over Half of Russians Regret Loss of Soviet Union”- More than half of Russians regret the breakup of the Soviet Union and believe that it could have been avoided, a respected independent pollster said Tuesday.
nzherald.co.nz. “Is Francois Hollande's mistress pregnant?”- Julie Gayet, the 41-year-old actress who is believed to be having an affair with French President Francois Hollande, is reported to be four months pregnant. The sensational claim, posted on the official Twitter account of the lereel.fr website, is said to have come from a source close to Hollande and been confirmed by a journalist working for the M6 television news channel.
tengrinews.kz. “Defamation to remain criminal charge in Kazakhstan and 27 European countries: no freedom of speech for Kazakhstan only?”- Defamation is expected to remain a criminal charge in the revised Criminal Code of Kazakhstan, reports, citing First Deputy Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan Iogan Merkel.
asia.nikkei.com. “Purge of N. Korea's No. 2 -- the background”- On Dec. 12, a special military tribunal under North Korea's Ministry of State Security passed a death sentence on Jang Song Thaek, an uncle of supreme leader Kim Jong Un and a man regarded as Kim's regent and de facto No. 2. Jang was charged with coup d'etat, as well as treason, corruption, promiscuity and other charges, and immediately executed. Even by North Korean standards, both the victim and the rapidity of the purge were exceptional.