The 'Downton Abbey' season finale dealt another set of highs and lows to the Crawleys and their faithful servants. Here are the five most surprising moments from the episode.
With air pollution soaring to record levels in Beijing, it looks like China is finally ready to start reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a move that will have an impact around the world.
Last year's U.S. greenhouse gas emission levels were reportedly the lowest they've been in almost 20 years, but that doesn't necessarily mean global levels will decline.
For a fictional city in an unnamed state, Springfield has seen more than its fair share of guests. Here are six of the greatest celebrity visits in Simpsons history.
While foreign affairs coverage in the US was dominated by a few key states like Iran, Israel and Afghanistan, many important stories passed largely unnoticed by the mainstream press.
Russian punk band Pussy Riot is being considered for TIME Persons of the Year. But focus on the band hides many far worse acts of state oppression committed recently in Putin's Russia.
The current United Nations Security Council represents the world of 1946, not today. It is time to add new members to make the UNSC relevant to the 21st Century.
Should the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, along with three other Americans, make us take a look at some uncomfortable truths that have come in the wake of the Arab Spring?
The plan offers no new proposals other "than drill baby drill" and deregulation, deregulation, deregulation.
Prominent Republican politicians across the nation are reeling from the news that candidate Mitt Romney is indeed an animatronic creation created by the Walt Disney company.
Where do the candidates stand on energy policy? We'll take a look in this series. First up: Mitt Romney and his plan to cut regulations while promoting oil, coal, and gas.
Vladimir Putin used oil and gas revenue to build his standing in Russia. Now shifts in the global pertroleum market could signal problems for the Era of Putin.
Three members of Russia's infamous punk collective are finally having their day in court in a trial that seems to be designed to suppress free speech in Russia.
The decision by a Chinese company to buy up a portion of Canada's Oil Sands could reshape the energy picture for North America. But what role has politics played in this process?
A new report from the UK indicates that hydrofracking can be done safely. But with American firms failing to follow best practices for the industry, will this change the debate in the U.S.?
Unlike previous years, gasoline prices are falling across the United States in the summer of 2012, yet there is no one simple reason for the decline in what you pay at the pump.
Hydrofracking is driving a resurgence in domestically-produced fossil fuels. But is the controversial technique too dangerous to use, or can it's environmental impacts be mitigated?
Despite talk of a domestic energy crisis, some are predicting a boom in domestic oil and gas production that could lead America to becoming energy self-sufficient.
Last year Gov. Christie pulled New Jersey out of an "ineffective" cap-and-trade greenhouse gas reduction program; but new evidence shows that RGGI has dropped emissions by 23% among its members.
Newt's back, and this time he's touting Oil Shale as the cure for America's energy crisis. But not only is Gingrich saying there's a crisis where there isn't, his proposed solution won't work.
Crowds may have turned out to protest the NATO meeting in Chicago, but their lack of a clear message kept their numbers from having any impact.
The global energy mix is changing, as new countries begin to export oil and natural gas. It is a move that will have profound effects, not only on the energy markets, but on geopolitics as well.
Though overshadowed by the scandal involving members of the Secret Service, last weekend's Summit of the Americas highlighted a growing divide between the United States and Latin America.
A former oil company executive argues that it is possible for the United States to end its addiction to crude oil from the Persian Gulf and lays out a realistic plan of action.
While the mass street protests again Putin may have faded, the election of two mayors and the formation of a new political party show the trend away from Putinism is continuing.
The African Union has announced it will send 5,000 troops to track down fugitive warlord Joseph Kony, but will this be at the cost of the AU's peacekeeping mission in Somalia?
Newt Gingrich called a link to one of America's largest energy hubs a "pipeline to nowhere," showing again how campaign 2012 is coming up short when it comes to energy policy.
By stepping aside, the United States will allow Afghanistan's neighbors to fully invest in the country, giving Afghanistan its best hope for future development.
Could a feminist punk band become the face of Russia's anti-Putin movement?
The Medvedev presidency held such promise at its beginning, but few of his promises panned out. There's still an opportunity for him to shake up the status quo before Putin takes power.
Despite the protest movement in Russia, Vladimir Putin will be again elected as president this Sunday. But, this new era of Putinism will resemble the stagnation of the 1970s under Brezhnev.
Newt Gingrich is promising that if elected president, he'll lower gasoline prices to $2.50, or maybe even $2.00, which means that Newt is either lying or knows nothing about market economics.
The GOP is quick to blame President Obama for sacrificing America's superpower status. But, the U.S. decline would be occurring if John McCain or Ralph Nader were in the White House.