The public expresses far more interest in news from global hot spots, including Iraq, Afghanistan and North Korea, than in news from many less troubled countries. And while most Americans express interest in what happens in Canada and Great Britain, far fewer are interested in developments from other traditional U.S. allies -- notably France.
These are the findings from surveys conducted over the past few months by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
The surveys asked people to gauge their general level of interest -- not tied to any particular event -- in what happens in 40 different countries.
Read the full report Strong Focus on Asia, Less Interest in Europe on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Web site.