The Kremlin has urged the US to move cautiously. Moscow claims it is doing all it can to promote a settlement in Syria that avoids an Afghanistan-style militant blowback.
The mood in Prime Minister Cameron's party is grim after it came an embarrassing third in the battle for a parliamentary seat in Eastleigh, a city the party sees as key to its fortunes in 2015.
The recent vitriolic exchange between an American CEO and a French industry minister shone a light on the repeated criticism of the shrinking competitiveness of the French economy.
The Spanish media has been ravaged by the country's recession, and not just economically. The crisis has also sparked serious challenges to its credibility.
Experts say that Putin's message was meant to play well to Russian generals who have resented the dramatic reforms of recent years.
Many in the former communist nation were unfamiliar with credit. Now, those who borrowed excessively are drowning in debt – and finding little relief from banks.
Austerity's bite was a primary factor in the strong showing by Beppe Grillo and Silvio Berlusconi in national elections. And now some experts say that austerity is hurting Italy's economy.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry came out of their Berlin meeting sounding optimistic, in contrast to recent discord in the US-Russia relationship.
The Five Star Movement's strong showing in Italy's elections has made comedian-turned-activist Beppe Grillo into a kingmaker. But many in Europe worry the last laugh will be on Italy.
Markets tumbled and the value of the euro dropped in response to Italy's election results and their unexpectedly loud rejection of German-imposed austerity policies.
Europe continues to criticize Hungary over its restrictive media laws, which give Prime Minister Victor Orbán's governing party vast control over the regulation of press outlets.
Silvio Berlusconi's party appears to have won Italy's upper house, thereby likely preventing one-time presumptive premier Pier Luigi Bersani from forming a governing coalition.
But critics say that his high-profile, flamboyant appearances echo the old Soviet-era practice of using sympathetic foreign celebrities to reflect well on the government.
Workers are renovating a former nunnery in the Vatican to house the retired pope. How he will interact with his future successor remains uncertain.
The economic ills that led to mass protests in Bulgaria earlier this week and led Prime Minister Boyko Borisov to quit aren't going to be easy to address.
A recent newspaper poll found nearly half of its readers believe that the event could be anything from a divine message to UFOs to a US weapons test.
During his visit to India, the UK prime minister paid his condolences to the hundreds of civilians killed at Amritsar by British troops, but he did not make an official apology.
Many in the West see a perplexing obstructionism in Russia's stands on everything from Syria to adoption. But Russia is working from a fundamentally different understanding of the post-cold war world.
During his state of the union address, Prime Minister Rajoy said while 'reality is harsh,' Spain's economic recovery is certain. But the opposition – and the public – remain skeptical.
Despite letting Silvio Berlusconi edge to within a few points in the polls, Mr. Bersani's Democratic Party still looks to be the favorite to win Italy's elections next Sunday and Monday. But who is he?