1. Prosecutors opened a criminal case against Russia's electric-power monopoly after Moscow suffered a serious blackout, caused by a fire at a substation. Anatoly Chubais, a liberal politician who heads the Unified Energy System, was summoned by the prosecutor-general for questioning; Vladimir Putin accused the monopoly of neglect.
2. A veteran Italian journalist, Oriana Fallaci, is to face trial for alleged insults to Islam in her latest book. An investigative judge ordered charges to be brought against her in view of passages in the book that speak of Islam's growing presence in Europe as a threat to the continent.
In The Economist