Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual marathon press conference is a major media event in Russia, designed to show the country's "first person" in full command of the facts, and steadily steering a course for the new year.
Ah, holiday travel. Between huge crowds and weather delays, flying during this time of year is hectic. Now close your eyes and imagine the entire scenario with one additional annoyance: Loud talkers yammering into their cell phones at 35,000 feet.
Pope Francis has lifted Vatican secrecy rules governing sexual abuse cases, the Vatican announced on Tuesday. The move will allow the Catholic Church to hand over documents related to those cases to civil authorities.