BBC - The Best News and Information Site On The Internet
Now the BBC is regarded as probably the most unbiased source of home elevators the internet. They cover anything from entertainment gossip to modern politics. In addition they provide internet streaming of their radio and news broadcasts so if you're too tired to learn then you can watch/listen.
The BBC offer an RSS feed with Firefox bbc world news to help you always get the most current news without checking their homepage. I think it is useful merely to see what's going on on earth since it's hard to get the TV on what you need with family in the house. I don't really follow politics that much but I usually have an opinion of all things. Usually, I just head to the Sports or Technology section since with most news, nothing important usually happens. When was the last time YOU learned about bird flu in mainstream news?
More about the website then... On the left you have a tiny picture of the planet broken up into different sections. Click on one of these sections to go to a dedicated page for that the main globe. There you may find relevant news about that region including news to sports and whatever else they could deem newsworthy. They give pictures and sometimes video of the event which is often pretty cool to watch. Like the one of many temporary dams at the Three Gorges Dam in China being blown up.
This kind of brings me on to my next point. The BBC features a dedicated page to each country with this here planet. Since we're not discussing China, let's put their's there anyway. And voila. Now as you can see, they supply you with the country's national anthem, a time distinct their history, some related links, features... Basically, anything else you could need if you're just doing some basic research on a country.