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Giffords and Kelly are greeted by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in February.

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, will be the headliners of a $5,000 Mediterranean cruise this summer. Read more» 1

Italy's right-wing Interior Minister Roberto Maroni suggested last month that Italy should consider leaving the EU, claiming other EU nations had refused to help take in around 25,000 Tunisians who have arrived in his country since the revolution there.

Anti-EU political parties gain momentum with the announcement that taxpayers' money will be used to aid Portugal. Read more»

Germany, long considered a reliable — and financially generous — supporter of European integration, has begun to anger some of its fellow European Union members with its stubborn, go-it-alone approach. Read more»

Cristiano Ronaldo is without question a smooth soccer player and a well-loved global superstar. But does anyone love him as much as he loves himself? Read more»

Wayne Rooney scores against Arsenal.

It always seems hyperbolic when writers insist that the World Cup hopes of a nation rest on any single player. But in the case of England – with its desperate desire, after 44 years, for another Cup championship – and its 24-year-old superstar, Rooney, it seems a bit understated. Read more»

A protest against austerity measures in Greece.

Europe needs more than an aid package. It needs an aggressive growth agenda coupled with effective tools to manage economic divergence. Only then will the potential gains from a common currency be reaped. Read more»

Mexico City's gay marriage is set to go into effect March 4.

Voices on both sides of the gay-marriage issue are getting louder as March 4 gets closer, the day gays can legally marry in Mexico City. Read more» 2