Articles by Alberto Riva
- What If Texas Really Were Its Own Country?
November 14 2012 4:11 PM
At least 80,000 people think Texas should secede. Here's a look at what kind of nation they'd get. Hint: It would be big.
- Italian Politician On Obama Victory: 'Can't @#*%!ng Stand It'
November 09 2012 2:31 PM
Of all the political reactions from around the world to Obama's re-election, the one from Mario Borghezio, an Italian member of the European Parliament, takes the cake for un-diplomatic vulgarity and just plain weirdness.
- Why The European Union Deserved Its Nobel For Peace
October 12 2012 12:29 PM
The vast ranks of the Euroskeptics are having a field day mocking the EU's Nobel Prize for Peace. They are wrong: It's among the most deserved ever, and here is why
- More Arms For Baghdad: Iraq Buys $4.2 Billion In Russian Weapons
October 09 2012 4:43 PM
Just weeks after finalizing a deal to buy American F-16s, the government of Nouri al-Maliki buys missiles and helicopters from Washington's rival on the arms market, too.
- Thai Airways Gets Its First Airbus A380
September 27 2012 4:24 PM
The world's biggest passenger airplane has a new operator, as Thai Airways International gets its first double-decker giant.
- Surprise! Who Owns The Mag That Published The Kate Middleton Topless Photos? Silvio Berlusconi
September 14 2012 2:43 PM
The former prime minister of Italy, media billionaire and notorious womanizer owns hundreds of publications. It turns out that the French mag that disgusted Britain by doing what nobody had yet dared to do is also one of Berlusconi's many properties.
- Philippe Petit, The Man Who Walked Between Twin Towers, Says 'Nothing Can Replace Them'
September 11 2012 6:12 AM
In 1974, when the towers were brand new, a young French street artist took New York by storm when he walked on a wire between them. Today he reminisces on that feat, talks about his myriad projects, and explains why One World Trade Center just isn't the same thing.
- Foes No More, Iraqi Pilots Now Fly The F-16 -- And They Love It
September 06 2012 6:12 AM
For a mere $8 billion, Iraq gets brand spanking new American fighter jets -- and a heavily armed neighborhood gets some more lethal, highly advanced weapons
- Finland Makes Plans To Leave The Euro - Or Does It?
August 17 2012 1:46 PM
An interview in a British newspaper sets off a European panic: the Finns may be thinking they've had it with the common currency.
- Millionaires On US Unemployment? Yes, And That's Perfectly Legal (For Now)
August 09 2012 6:29 AM
Data compiled by the Congressional Research Service show that thousands of Americans making more than $1 million got unemployment benefits.
- Does Tim Geithner Really Fly Coach Class?
August 02 2012 2:51 PM
The Treasury Secretary has been seen flying from DC to LA, on official business, among the mortals at the back of the plane. That is government policy - except when it isn't.
- Inside Damascus, Fear And Refugees As Assad Battles Rebels In The Capital
July 25 2012 12:49 PM
16 months after the beginning of the rebellion against Syria's government, conflict rages in the capital. As civilians end up on the front lines, this is what their city looks like from the inside.
- Journalist Shocks France By Asking Minister "Did You Get The Job Because You're Beautiful Or A Minority?"
July 23 2012 12:25 PM
The first French government minister of Asian descent, Fleur Pellerin, was in no mood to be insulted by interviewer Daniel Schick.
- Fifty Years Later, Still A Guitar God: Keith Richards, The Soul Of The Stones
July 11 2012 9:52 AM
He's the ultimate rock and roll bon vivant and a survivor of heroin and hardcore partying, but fifty years after the debut of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards remains one thing above all: an extraordinary musician.
- Boeing Nabs First Order From New United Airlines: $8 Billion For The 737 MAX
July 09 2012 1:38 PM
The order war with Airbus heats up as the Farnborough salon heats up, and so far it's Boeing by a landslide with $15 billion worth of orders in one day, all for its new medium-range jet
- Boeing, Lockheed Fight Europe's Typhoon For South Korea's Multibillion-Dollar Jet Fighter Order
July 06 2012 1:41 PM
Orders for dozens of fighter jets worth as much as $200 million each don't happen often. When they do, manufacturers fight tooth and claw, and that's just what's happening in South Korea.
- Costa Concordia's Captain Schettino Says 'Divine Hand' Inspired Maneuver On Doomed Ship
July 05 2012 3:41 PM
The disgraced captain whose luxury-liner shipwreck killed 32 passengers in January is a free man again, and he's not going down without a fight.
- Sergio Pininfarina, Legendary Ferrari Designer, Dead At 85 [PHOTOS]
July 03 2012 2:44 PM
He was a household name in Italy, and his sleek, fast cars made him a design icon around the world. Sergio Pininfarina, of the eponymous design firm, is dead at 85. Here are some of the exceptional vehicles he created.
- Health Care Reform Supreme Court Decision: 'Victory For Obama' Makes Big Headlines In Europe
June 28 2012 2:01 PM
For the first time since Bush v. Gore 12 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court was news around the world.
- What Euro Summit? Italians And Germans Transfixed By Soccer As Monti, Merkel Clash On Finances
June 28 2012 6:03 AM
National stereotypes and the European debt crisis entwine as Italy and Germany meet Thursday for the European Cup semifinal.