If Russia can reduce reliance on its aging Soviet-era nuclear missile deterrent, analysts say it could create a 'whole new ball game.'
The leader of Ireland's center-right Fine Gael party, Enda Kenny, says his party has won a 'massive endorsement' to govern after Friday's election.
Ireland is poised for a major shift toward more conservative government at the polls today, spurred by a financial crisis that has left it with enormous debt, a housing bust, and high unemployment.
Italy and Spain depend on Libya for as much as 22 percent and 13 percent of total crude consumption, respectively, a supply not easily replaced on short notice.
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is outspoken about Russia's vulnerabilities to 'the Egyptian scenario' – something the Kremlin denies.
Some have criticized Europe for responding slowly to the upheavals in Tunisia and Egypt, though the EU was quick to condemn Libya's violence.
While Russian President Dmitry Medvedev came into office advocating political and cultural reforms, so far he hasn't delivered significant change.
The US embassy in France has become a key promoter of Muslim and minority rights as part of a long-term strategy to ease the threat of terrorism. Some in France say the US is overstepping its bounds.
Spain's cycling federation cleared Alberto Contador of doping charges, but international officials seek a fresh review. At issue are Contador's intent and Spain's impartiality.
Amanda Knox's parents will stand trial in Italy on slander charges for alleging that police abused their daughter during interrogation. Amanda Knox has also been indicted for slandering Italian police.
Alberto Contador was cleared of doping allegations by the Spanish cycling federation just weeks after it had proposed a one-year suspension for the three-time Tour champion.
During the trial of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the judge's original decision 'didn't suit higher ups, so he received a different verdict which he had to deliver,' a court assistant told Russian media.
An Italian judge agreed Tuesday to expedite Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's trial on charges related to underage prosecution. It is scheduled to begin April 6.
Italy has called for an emergency European Union summit to respond to a potential 'biblical exodus' of refugees from North Africa, after more than 4,500 Tunisians landed on a remote Sicilian island in the past week.
Mikhail Prokhorov, one of Russia's richest men – and the owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team – has announced that he will challenge Vladimir Putin in the March 2012 presidential elections. His move to throw his hat in the ring has thrown the spotlight once again on Russia's billionaires. A record number of billionaires now call Russia home – 114 of them, according to an annual list of the 500 richest Russians published in February by the Moscow-based Finans magazine. The number of billionaires is up from a mere 77 in 2009. To make this year's list, a Russian tycoon had to be worth at least $160 million. The assets of the top 10 grew last year by a whopping 30 percent to a combined worth of $182 billion. The bonanza has yet to reach Russia's struggling middle class; average incomes rose a paltry 4 percent last year, according to the state statistics agency Rostat. To be a former associate of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin helps, apparently. According to the magazine, Arkady Rotenberg, who did judo training with a teenaged Mr. Putin, jumped 17 places to become Russia's 63rd richest person, worth $1.75 billion. Two neighbors from Putin's summer home community near St. Petersburg also shot through the ranks this year to become the 115th and 184th richest persons. Here are the top five:
Japan's foreign minister is in Moscow to discuss the Kuril Islands. Russia and Japan never signed a peace agreement after World War II because of a dispute over the territory.
A political party with ties to the Basque separatist group ETA is seeking official recognition in order to field political candidates in upcoming elections.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who has weathered many scandals during his career, could be in court within weeks to face charges related to underage prostitution.
Julian Assange's lawyers charged that the Swedish legal system was being co-opted by the United States in its pursuit of the WikiLeaks founder.
Luke Harding, Moscow correspondent of Britain's Guardian newspaper, was told that 'Russia is closed to you.' Even in Soviet times, expulsions of international journalists was rare and usually connected with a diplomatic crisis.