President Barack Obama offered his respect today to a pope who has excited Catholics and non- Catholics alike and refocused the world’s largest religious institution on the issues of poverty and inequality that the president has set as themes of his second term.
Siena, the medieval city renowned for its Palio horse races, is home to the world’s oldest bank. Within its aging walls lies a distinctly 21st-century tale of devastation wrought by local politicians and global financiers.
The Virgin Mary, Snow White, Jack Donaghy and a sober Texan all had a tough go of it on Broadway last week, as plays and even some musicals struggled in the final days before the deadline for Tony Awards nominations.
The Pussy Riot punk performers jailed for protesting against Vladimir Putin remained defiant in their first public appearance in Moscow after their release, painting the Russian president as paranoid and power hungry.