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  • Shares hit by U.S. unease; ECB supports Italy, Spain

    World stocks racked up more losses on Monday on jitters about the U.S. ratings cut, but signs the European Central Bank was buying Italian and Spanish debt gave some respite to battered markets.


  • Dalai Lama's political successor sworn in

    Lobsang Sangay, a 43-year-old Harvard scholar, took office Monday as head of the Tibetan government in exile, vowing to free his homeland from Chinese "colonialism."


  • U.K. police arrest 100 after riots in British capital

    British police arrested more than 100 people overnight in London after shops were looted and officers attacked in a second night of violence that followed some of the worst disorder seen in the capital for years.


  • Saudi Arabia recalls Syria envoy, Assad further isolated

    Saudi Arabia recalled its envoy to Damascus and the Arab League condemned violence in Syria, leaving President Bashar al-Assad further isolated.


  • China shares tumble, U.S. downgrade accelerates derisking

    Hong Kong and China shares crumbled on Monday morning, pressured by an acceleration of derisking from equity investments following Standard & Poor's downgrade of the long-term credit rating of the United States late on Friday. The Hang Seng Index was down 4.04 per cent at 20,100.2 by the midday trading break, its lowest level in a year, and the Shanghai Composite Index dropped 3.68 per cent.


News: Entertainment

  • Celebrity Flashback Photos!
    Before they were Glee gals, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth were stars of the spell-binding Broadway play Wicked. Idina posted a pic of her and her longtime pal from back in the day, and may we say, this looks like a teen catalog ad from the '90s. The Frozen star tweeted on Dec. 18, 2014: "I always loved this shot. How beautiful is @KChenoweth here?"
  • Miss World Removes Swimsuit Round from the Pageant
    Say goodbye to those bikini bods at the Miss World competition. For the first time in 63 years, the pageant will no longer feature a swimsuit round in their competition, the organization's chairwoman Julia Morley announced Thursday. "The organization has decided to take itself out of the swimsuit world because it isn't the path they're trying to take," Chris Wilmer, the national director of Miss World America/Miss United States organization, further explained to ABC News. "It's not just a beauty contest, it's 'beauty with a purpose.' There didn't seem to be a purpose to have the swimsuit."
  • Stephen Collins: I'm Absolutely Not Attracted to Children
    Though Stephen Collins confessed to having inappropriate sexual relations with an underage girl, he says in his interview with Yahoo Global News' Katie Couric that he is not a pedophile. "I'm absolutely not attracted, physically or sexually attracted, to children. I'm just not," the former 7th Heaven star insisted. VIDEO: Stephen Collins Plays Pedophile Priest in New Short Film
  • Amy Adams Adorably Fumbles Flip Cup!
    Amy Adams apparently hasn't hung around too many frat houses. The Big Eyes star agreed to play a game of flip cup with Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, but had a few flubs along the way. Donning Santa hats and chugging beer from red and green glasses, Adams just couldn't seem to perfect her technique when pitted against Fallon. PHOTOS: Stars Dressed as Sexy Santas!
  • Brad Pitt Dismissed From Jury Duty for Being 'Too Distracting'?!
    Did Brad Pitt just get out of jury duty because he's too famous? According to London's Daily Mail, the 51-year-old actor showed up to the courthouse in downtown Los Angeles last Friday to be interviewed as a potential juror, but, after hours of waiting, was dismissed for being too much of a distraction. PHOTOS: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Most Matching Moments