Here’s the White House view of the current trilogy of so-called scandals: Republicans are trying to destroy President Barack Obama’s second term by magnifying bureaucratic miscues and distorting policy realities. This isn’t without some merit.
The co-leader of Germany’s Greens, Juergen Trittin, sharpened his party’s attack on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, saying policy differences put them on “collision course” in federal elections this fall.
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says there is little chance of any breakthrough in stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, as President Barack Obama visits Israel next week on his first trip there since taking office.
Stephen Schwarzman, the billionaire chairman of Blackstone Group LP, is setting up a $300 million scholarship for foreign students to attend China’s Tsinghua University, the alma mater of senior officials including President Xi Jinping.
Ford Motor Co. is on a tear in China, with sales up 54 percent this year on the strength of its Focus small car. Long an also-ran in the world’s largest auto market, Ford is now outselling Toyota Motor Corp. there.
More than 2,000 mourners filled St. Paul’s Cathedral and church bells tolled as crowds and troops lined London’s streets for the final journey of Margaret Thatcher, with Britons still divided over the legacy of their only female prime minister.