Toby Harnden is U.S. editor of the Daily Telegraph.
Early on in my career as a newspaper reporter in London, a grizzled newsroom veteran summoned me over to his desk for a stern talking to. "Harnden, you're letting the side down," he told me. "You're bringing in all these stories but your expenses are pathetic. You need to start claiming some more." Helpfully, he pulled open his desk drawer, which was stuffed full of blank taxi and restaurant receipts.
While in the U.S. we worry about the dangerous heat wave covering much of the country, in the Horn of Africa the famine, drought and conflict plaguing Somalia and some nearby regions have combined to create a far deadlier disaster.
James Hollis was in the sky over Darby, Montana, when his engine died. The retired air traffic controller skillfully piloted his aircraft downward. He touched down on a highway. His heroic landing was made necessary by a basic oversight: He forgot to put gas in the plane.
Beer is marketed in Russia as a healthy alternative to vodka. And it's working. Beer sales are up more than 40 percent in the last decade. Now President Dmitri Medvedev has signed a bill aimed at curbing the use of alcohol.