France honors world's worst sculptor

Zurab Tsereteli, pretty much the raison d'être for our World's Ugliest Statues photo essay, has just been awarded France's highest decoration: 

Zurab Tsereteli, 76, a controversial sculptor known for his grandiose work, was to receive the Legion of Honor from French ambassador Jean de Gliniasty at the Russian Academy of Arts in Moscow on Tuesday evening, news agencies reported.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the award honored Tsereteli's “services to our country and the devotion to France that he exhibited,” as well as his contribution to strengthening ties between France and Russia.

Yep, the homeland of Auguste Rodin just conferred its highest honor on the designer of the above 9/11 memorial, a structure so ugly that Jersey City officials changed their mind and rejected it after actually seeing the thing. 

At least from this Wikipedia article, it does seem like France has been going a little overboard with conferring the legion on foreigners during the Sarkozy years.  


Pakistani with bomb residue arrested at U.S. embassy in Chile

This is still very much developing

The man, who had been in Chile since January, was applying for a visa to the United States, said Lt. Col. Fernando Vera of the Carabineros, Chile's uniformed national police.The suspect was arrested Monday at the embassy and turned over to Chilean authorities.

A senior State Department official confirmed the arrest, telling CNN "we found traces of explosives residue and the man was turned over to the Chilean police."

CNN Chile, CNN's partner network, said the national police identified the suspect as Mohammed Said. Dawn, an independent Pakistani news organization, said the suspect's name is Mohamed Said Uf Rejaman. The suspect was doing an internship in tourism at a Chilean hotel, CNN Chile said.

He is scheduled to be charged Tuesday with violating Chile's law on weapons and explosives, CNN Chile reported.