The disgraced Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was kicked out of office for engaging in numerours sex scandals with porn stars, prostitutes and party girls. At the time, he was laeader of a center-right party. But now, he's resurrecting himself as a so-called champion of Leftism idealism.
The BBC News reports that, "Italy's controversial ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi has returned to the centre of the political stage, striking a reform deal with a centre-left rival. Berlusconi was thrown out of parliament in 2013 after a tax fraud conviction."
Los Angeles County Superviser Mark Ridley-Thomas truly enjoys his perks as a local government official. However, he may have broken the law by turning his home repairs into a government-subsidized County project. He assigned unionized contractors and construction workers to repair his mansion, while he submitted the $10,000 bill to LA County taxpayers.
The Los Angeles Times reports that, "Government employees performed work on the garage of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ private home, installing drywall, an air conditioner, appliances and a security system, according to sources familiar with the job."
BEIJING: In recent years, China's domestic luxury goods market has transformed into the main driver of growth for the industry worldwide. Nonetheless, times are a changing and the Chinese are no longer flocking to shops to purchase designer handbags and top-line cosmetics and jewelry.
According to the People's Daily, "Growth in the luxury goods market in China's mainland has slowed from seven percent in 2012 to around two percent in 2013, with expectations of similarly slow growth in 2014."
When Stalin served as leader of the USSR, he was responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of Russians. Perhaps, it should come as no surprise that his childhood hometown, Gori, Georgia, has earned notoriety for numerous creepy incidents of poltergeist.
Pravda reports that, "No one is surprised by various anomalous phenomena any more. Yet, the events that took place near the town of Gori (Georgia) surprised even seasoned researchers. Here strange characters emerge on the walls, and some otherworldly creature terrorizes not only adults but also children. Home owners believe that it is a ghost of a young lady."
When you have to identify "champions" of the global "Climate Change" community, few would say that Russians are playing a leading role. Nevertheless, Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University's Earth Institute, would say otherwise. He claims Russians are standing at the forefront of the "climate stabilization" movement.
According to the Moscow Times, As a major exporter of fossil fuels, Russia may seem an unlikely candidate for global environmental champion, but macro-economic experts believe the country can play a vital role in reducing carbon emissions and the impact of climate change."
Nigeria is struggling to fight an Islamist insurgency. Muslim terrorists, Boko Haram, have been torching Christian Churches and slaying Christians.
The BBC News reports that, "Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked his military high command, his spokesman Reuben Abati has said. No reason was given but the dismissals come amid growing concern about the military's failure to end the Islamist-led insurgency in northern Nigeria."
President Barack Obama has long touted Green Energy as the wave of the future to create millions of jobs for Americans. Yet, his ambitious goals have failed to achieve their objectives. Even Eco-friendly investors are dumping their Green stocks to buy more oil & gas companies.
Inter Press Service reports that, "Despite Wall Street’s nascent rediscovery of green energy, global investment in alternative stocks declined by 12 percent last year. According to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report, investment was scaled back in both the U.S. and China – for China it was the first year without growth in the sector in a decade – and plunged by nearly half amidst austerity in Europe."
Russia is trying to push more free market reforms for their economy.
According to Russia Today, "Russian ministers said support for small businesses, coupled with better domestic investment and Central Bank action against inflation would be the key pillars of Russia’s economy in 2014, which they hope will grow by 2.5 percent this year."
The Guardian, which is the premier Leftist newspaper of the United Kingdom, is defending Iran's right to build a nuclear arsenal, and criticizing Western governments for turning a blind eye to Israeli nukes.
The Guardian of London reports that, "Deep beneath desert sands, an embattled Middle Eastern state has built a covert nuclear bomb, using technology and materials provided by friendly powers or stolen by a clandestine network of agents. It is the stuff of pulp thrillers and the sort of narrative often used to characterise the worst fears about the Iranian nuclear programme. In reality, though, neither US nor British intelligence believe Tehran has decided to build a bomb, and 's atomic projects are under constant international monitoring."
The French Embassy has published a new global economic study, and the report claims that British workers are actually lazier than the French.
According to the BBC News, "The French work harder than the British, says the French embassy in London, in response to an article in the free newspaper City AM, provocatively titled "France's failed socialist experiment is turning into a tragedy". So is it true, asks Agnes Poirier, a French journalist living in London."