Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited the Kuril Islands Monday, ruffling Japan, which also claims what it calls the Northern Territories. Japan has recently sparred with China over disputed islands.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Istanbul suicide attack in the heart of the city, which injured 17 civilians and 15 police, Sunday.
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, together with France's government, pushed through a tough amendment to EU finance rules today.
Russia says it hopes to switch all government and school computers from Microsoft's operating system to the open source Linux by the end of the year.
Britain made deep cuts to social services, government jobs, welfare benefits, and defense spending in order to reduce a mounting deficit. The cuts could dramatically reshape British society.
At a two-day meeting in Brussels that opened today, Germany is set to make a high-stakes bit to amend the EU's Lisbon Treaty in order to make financial checks permanent.
Russia ranked 154th on the annual Corruption Perceptions Index of 178 countries, sliding down eight spots from last year. A promised 'war on corruption' isn't yielding fruit.
Tuesday's cyber attack on the Nobel Peace Prize website came less than three weeks after Norway awarded the prize to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobao.
France's Senate finalized a bill raising the retirement age from 60 to 62 today as oil workers and students begin to back away from protests over pension reforms.
Britain has one of the most far-reaching laws against the release of state secrets. With the official US outcry over the latest WikiLeaks document dump, will Congress borrow from the Brits?
WikiLeaks is about to release documents on Russia, but the tightly-controlled Russian media is unlikely to report them the way Western media attacked the documents about Afghanistan and Iraq
Moscow's upgrade to its Black Sea Fleet – headquartered with Ukraine's blessing at Sevastopol – could make waves around the Black Sea, where NATO has a strong presence.
The French Senate voted 177-153 in favor of a pension law that has sparked nearly two months of public anger. New France strikes are planned for next week.
As French strikes over pension reform take a deeper toll, union leaders are reportedly divided over how long they can and should continue protests. The Senate today debated the proposed rise in retirement age.
Italy's garbage woes are resurfacing as one town near historic Pompeii protests a new trash dump and rubbish piles return to Naples.
Britain's left warns that the country's social fabric will unravel under the deep budget cuts announced today, while conservatives see a new society emerging.
Britain announced budget cuts Wednesday that are part of a five-year austerity plan and the largest public spending reductions since World War II. Cuts will average 19 percent for most departments, but welfare benefits take a strong hit and some departments' budgets will be trimmed by as much as 23 percent.
Britain announced deep and wide-ranging budget cuts today that aim to eliminate its $245 billion deficit over the next five years.
French strikes over pension reforms turned violent today as hard-line elements from an oil-workers union vowed to press on.
Britain's sharp defense budget cuts target 8 percent of the military's $59 billion budget. Prime Minister David Cameron called President Obama to reassure him that the UK would remain a 'first rate' military power.