Joseph Chiaravallotti

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Global study names Switzerland as capital of bank secrecy

FRANKFURT, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Switzerland and the United States are the most secretive major financial centers in the world, according to a global …


This European country will push to end daylight saving time

The sun sets over an island in the Helsinki archipelago, Finland.<p>COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Finland says it will lobby for the abolition of daylight …


Check out the country where a luxury Tesla has become the budget option

Marte Skogstad Allgot moved back to Oslo, Norway, from London two years ago and soon found that running a car on gas was prohibitively expensive.To …

Electric Vehicles

11 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Budapest

Budapest has it all: castles, palaces, parks, and some of the best Art Nouveau architecture in Europe. Throw in those iconic thermal baths and Danube River views, and you have yourself one seriously photographic city (we'd argue that the Hungarian Parliament reflecting in the river is one of the …

See spectacular photos of Venice's Piazza San Marco

The Piazza San Marco is the main square in Venice, and the waterfront portion was originally the most popular entrance to the city before the rail and car bridge from the mainland. The piazza is a popular place for both locals and tourists; outdoor cafes line the square and feature live music in …

UN-backed peace talks begin in Vienna

UN-brokered peace talks with the Syrian government and opposition began in Vienna on Thursday, days before Syria's close ally Russia was due to host …

Middle East

In Paris, the Glitter of High Jewelry

PARIS — The high jewelry showcases held during couture week in January tend to be more low-key affairs than those in July: A wet and wintry Paris attracts fewer wealthy clients than in the summer months, when much of the 1 percent flocks to France from all over the world.<p>Still, some of the biggest …


Amateur German historian finds likely stretch of Berlin Wall

BERLIN (AP) — An amateur historian says he's discovered a lengthy stretch of the original Berlin Wall in a wooded area of the German capital.<p>Christian Bormann told the dpa news agency Thursday he first stumbled across the 80-meter (yard) stretch of the wall in the Pankow neighborhood years ago but …


Book review: ‘The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire’

Every empire has an apex, it also has a breaking point from which it spirals-down into insignificance.

Glenn Miller & his Orchestra - Moonlight Serenade (audio)


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