Road users in Lagos were asked to keep their hands off the horn on Wednesday. Lagos state governor Babatunde Fashola declared the date "No Horn Day" in a move to reduce noise pollution in Nigeria's biggest city and economic capital.
Not so long ago, Germany was vilified for its slow economic growth, high unemployment rates, and record budget deficits. As late as 2004, The Economist called it the Sick Man of Europe. On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany sits atop a small list of superpowers and looks set to stay there.
The latest "Worldwide Caution" issued by the U.S. State Department last week made for grim reading, telling of "an increased likelihood of reprisal attacks against U.S., Western and coalition partner interests throughout the world, especially in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Asia."
It started with balloons. But the latest strife between North and South Korea hasn't been resolved, despite a meeting between top military leaders from both countries Wednesday at the Panmunjom border site -- their highest-level talks in seven years.