A national debate exploded after media reports that athlete Nadja Drygalla's boyfriend was linked to the far-right NPD party. Now, her rowing future may be in question.
The Russian Orthodox church, responding angrily to Madonna's sympathy for the embattled Pussy Riot punk rock group, charged that 'this little singer is openly mocking our laws.'
The women who make up the punk group Pussy Riot are being prosecuted for "religious hatred," which many Russians see as the Kremlin's latest tactic for silencing dissent.
Popular sentiment about the trial of Pussy Riot, a band accused of profaning a Russian Orthodox altar, has shifted amid dismay over the women's harsh treatment. Putin has now weighed in.
Spanish officials have arrested three suspected Al Qaeda operatives. They say the militants were planning an attack in Spain or possibly other European countries.
Boris Johnson's cheerleading of the Games has earned him legions of fans among the British public and made him the Conservative Party's favorite to replace Prime Minister David Cameron.
The Spanish driver in a crash that killed two Cuban dissidents last week is being held while charges are formalized. Could his support for dissidents play into a diplomatic crisis?
Mitt Romney was received by crowds of cheering Poles, but critics denounce American disregard for Polish war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mitt Romney hopes to capitalize on Polish disappointment with the Obama administration, after cancellation of missile shield plans in 2009. Will he capture the Polish-American vote?
Rising commodity prices are boosting the British farming industry, attracting young farmers to enter the profession.
Preliminary data show that the number of young Spaniards emigrating in search of better jobs has nearly doubled since 2010. Some say the experience they get could ultimately benefit Spain.
In a major push to reduce welfare rolls, the UK is offering local authorities bonuses for meeting specific targets, from reducing truancy to helping individuals find jobs.
US presidential candidate Mitt Romney is meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron today. They represent right-wing parties that were once close but have since drifted apart.
Julian Assange hired human rights champion Baltazar Garzón to defend his case in court.
Farmers lost the battle against a high-speed train they see as serving the economic interests of the Italian elite and causing harm to the environment.
As interest rates soar and investors distrust Spain's creditworthiness in the short term, the country faces a sovereign bailout.
The Italian government is targeting yacht owners in a crackdown on tax evasion. Is that why marinas are emptying out?
Norway's prime minister tells the Monitor that, despite the new laws, the country will maintain its open and democratic character.
Attacks in Russia's Tatarstan republic today killed one Muslim cleric and seriously wounded a second, underscoring a rising threat to a moderate brand of Islam.
Israel's prime minister accuses Iran of attacking a busload of tourists in Bulgaria, a popular destination for Israelis.
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