It's called the Elfstedentoch, or the Eleven Cities Tour, a grueling, 125 mile speedskating run on river ice passing through Dutch towns. The Dutch tourism agency estimates 15,000 amateurs will spend a day skating to 11 cities in Friesland province before midnight while hundreds of thousands of fans cheer them on.
A snazzy new Communist Party poster shows two young, tech-savvy and attractive Russians. Both are smiling and dressed in red: The woman holds a red iPhone; the man holds a red laptop, his T-shirt emblazoned with a hammer and sickle.
As Italy and much of Europe struggle with their finances, the city of Florence has staged an art exhibition looking at the critical — and controversial — role that financial institutions have played for centuries.
The recent Money and Beauty exhibit, held in the majestic 15th-century Palazzo Strozzi, illustrated how Florentine merchants got around the Catholic Church's ban on money-lending and bankrolled the Renaissance.