Anthee Carassava - AOL News
ATHENS, Greece -- Following Greece and Ireland, Portugal, too, has requested a bailout from its European peers.
But will Spain, a larger economy with stronger significance to global finance, follow? And more important, has European aid done anything to solve what appears to be a growing solvency problem.
In answering at least the latter question, financial gurus like Yanis Varoufakis, a professor of economics at Athens University, are emphatic: No.
"From the onset of this crisis," he told AOL News today, "Europe's leading taskmasters have been behaving like compulsive gamblers, sinking more ...
not in system - AOL News
LISBON, Portugal -- Portugal asked for a bailout Wednesday to relieve its crushing debt, joining Greece and Ireland by becoming the third European nation to ask for outside help amid a bruising European financial crisis.
Prime Minister Jose Socrates went on national television to announce that Portugal must take international assistance to save its rapidly deteriorating economy, after months of insisting that he would do everything possible to avoid a bailout.
Socrates said his caretaker government asked "for financial help, to ensure financing for our country, for our financial system and ...
Steven Hoffer - AOL News
The Kiev Zoo was once a source of pride for Ukraine's capital city, but activists are now crying foul against what hardly seems like an animal sanctuary.
Animal rights groups say that possibly hundreds of animals have died at the Kiev Zoo in recent years as a result of poor living conditions, malnutrition and inadequate medical care, The Associated Press reports.
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Boy, a 39-year-old Indian elephant, lies in his pen covered with a cloth after collapsing and dying at the Kiev Zoo in April. Animal welfare groups say dozens if not hundreds of animals have died ...
Theunis Bates - AOL News
LONDON -- Japanese authorities are battling to stop radiation from leaking from Fukushima's quake-ravaged atomic power plant. But the economic and political fallout from the disaster has already spread far beyond the Land of the Rising Sun.
Governments in Europe and Asia are tearing up or reviewing plans to build new nuclear plants, and reactor manufacturers and uranium producers have seen their share prices dive.
This is a major setback for the nuclear industry, which had enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent years. As public fears over nuclear energy faded along with ...
Andrew Schneider - AOL News
More than 200 million people in the U.S. talk on cell phones a total of at least 12 hours a month -- some double or triple that amount.
Almost everyone admits that cell phones emit radiation when they link to the closest tower. What almost no one can agree on is whether that radiation is harmful to those holding their phones to their ears.
Amid this confusion comes a report from health and safety activists that the government's cell phone watchdog -- the Federal Communications Commission -- is putting industry desires before public well-being.
Investigators for the Environmental Working ...
Matthew Hall - AOL News
A feminist group in Ukraine has protested a radio station competition to "win a wife" in the most eye-catching way possible -- by removing clothes.
The Femen Movement is angered by a contest organized by a New Zealand radio station that offered a listener the opportunity to travel to Ukraine and meet women.
Nine women protested in wintry Kiev by going topless and holding aloft banners that claimed "Ukraine is not a brothel" and "Welcome to hell."
"Femen warns the lucky winner of the New Zealand competition that he can expect an unhappy ending in Ukraine," activist Olexandra Shevchenko ...
not in system - AOL News
NEW YORK -- A new exhibition from Italy that opens today in New York's Discovery Times Square captures the last gasp of the ancient city of Pompeii before it was buried under volcanic ash, mud and rock when Mount Vesuvius erupted 2,000 years ago.
Copies of body casts that researchers made from the skeletal remains of residents buried alive are an eerie part of the exhibit -- a crouching man covers his mouth, a chained dog appears contorted, a family of four huddle together.
A short film recreates what Pompeians might have felt as they tried to escape. The museum's floor vibrates as the ...
David Moye - AOL News
The housing bubble in America popped awhile back, but now a French company wants people to actually live in bubbles.
Actually, they're officially called BubbleTrees and they are prefabricated, transparent, globe-shaped tents that look like those bounce houses at kiddie birthday parties.
However, the Shine website makes a point that these round, see-through homes are designed for more wealthy adults, and come with portable sofas, beds and even wood floors.
Dana Kennedy - AOL News
Who is Arif Uka and why is he suspected of opening fire today on American servicemen on a U.S. military bus at Frankfurt's airport?
The attack killed two airmen and wounded two.
Investigators were scrambling to find out more about the 21-year-old Kosovo citizen after they say he fired shots at U.S. military personnel on a bus outside Terminal 2 at one of Europe's busiest airports this afternoon.
Rep. Patrick Meehan, a member of the U.S. Homeland Security Committee, said it looked like a terrorist attack. The New York Times quoted a man whose office is near the site of the shooting who ...
Matthew Hall - AOL News
Advice for a successful job search often includes the tip that it is who, rather than what, you know.
Let's hope that explains some of the results from a study by an international recruitment agency that said one job seeker submitted a resume citing "God" as a professional reference, while another was written in rhyme.
Recent global surveys by CareerBuilder.com and its British partner CareerBuilder.co.uk have revealed some of the more unusual resumes received by employers.
Across the United States, hiring managers revealed that one applicant included "God" as a reference -- but did not ...