Russia defaulted on its international bonds for the first time in more than a century, the White House said, as sweeping sanctions have effectively cut the country off from the global financial system, rendering its assets untouchable.
- LegalU.S. Supreme Court endorses football coach's on-field prayers
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday expanded the religious rights of government employees by ruling in favor of a Christian former public high school football coach in Washington state who sued after being suspended from his job for refusing to stop leading prayers with players on the field after games.
- MarketsWall St opens higher as inflation fears ease, article with image
Wall Street's main indexes opened higher on Monday after a slide in commodity prices allayed concerns on inflation and raised expectations of the Federal Reserve going moderate with its aggressive policy tightening.
- WorldAnger, tears in S.Africa after 21 teens likely accidentally poisoned in pub
South African mourners expressed anger and despair on Monday at the death of 21 teenagers in a tavern over the weekend, as investigating authorities said the youths were probably accidentally poisoned by something they ate, drank or smoked.