Kevin RuddSpeaking to a liberal think tank in Sydney on November 6, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd declared that "dangerous" global warming skeptics are "holding the world to ransom" with global "fear campaigns" that could derail the climate change agreement at Copenhagen.

Ukraine fluMartial law was effectively declared in the Ukraine last week by unpopular President Victor Yushchenko after an outbreak of what health officials described as flu and respiratory infections. The outbreak has reportedly already infected hundreds of thousands of people in the western regions of the country. In response, the office of the President on November 6 floated the idea of postponing the presidential election until May of next year.

ZelayaThe Associated Press reported on November 6 that a deal to end the constitutional crisis in Honduras and form a unity govenment has fallen apart. Ousted President Manuel Zelaya and current leader Roberto Micheletti were pressured into accepting the deal by the United States.

Radek SikorskiPoland’s recent appeal to Washington reads like something printed on the front pages of newspaper from 20 years ago: Poland Fears Russian Invasion – Asks U.S. for Soldiers.

Italian courtAn Italian court convicted 23 CIA agents for kidnapping an Egyptian dissident on the streets of Milan November 3, sparking a global outcry against CIA “extraordinary rendition” tactics for terrorist suspects. None of the Americans was actually present at the trial, as all of the suspects had fled the country in advance of the investigation.