Hahaha, Lehman Brothers, you'll recall, the bank that collapsed and died and ignited the horrible sequence of events that led drunk illiterate rednecks to willingly vote en masse for a black Mexican Arab Kenyan named Hussein for President of Earth? IT'S STILL PAYING OUT BONUSES.
China's banks are being ordered to boost capital after going on their own government-led subprime lending spree of joy recently.
Silvio Berlusconi's approval ratings ticked up a bit after he was hit in the face by a church, as we've previously discussed. Unpopular leaders everywhere (i.e. everyone except Putin) consider staging such attacks.
Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri died in Iran. He was once in line to succeed Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei but fell out after saying it probably wasn't very nice to kill literally everyone in the last government, which made him a "dissident". Also he went to Phish concerts. Iranian opposition protesters will now get their mourn on, plus tear gas.