The world's number one economy is swinging back from its worst recession in decades, but not at the rate many had hoped.
The US economy recorded 2.2 per cent growth from July to September - its first growth in more than a year largely driven by massive government spending.
But figures also show that businesses are still not investing, banks are not lending and, despite the holiday season, consumers are not spending leaving the prospects for a sustainable recovery uncertain.
A Vatican spokesman says a woman jumped the barriers in St. Peter's Basilica and knocked down Pope Benedict XVI as he walked down the main aisle to begin Christmas Eve Mass. The Rev. Ciro Benedettini said the pope quickly got up and was unhurt. (Dec. 24)
Anger is growing among Americans - who say less money should be spent on the country's overseas military campaigns and more on tackling the country's domestic problems. U.S. congressman Dennis Kucinich, who spoke exclusively to RT's Dina Gusovsky, says America can no longer afford war-based economy.