The Bulgarian ruling party candidate for the presidency garnered 40 percent of the vote in Sunday's election. The smooth conduct of the election is seen as a sign the country's fledgling democracy is maturing.
The Basque militant group ETA, which has fought a separatist battle against both Spain and France, announced that it was laying down its arms after a lengthy campaign that has killed nearly 900 people.
For more than a month, European Union police have helicoptered Kosovo customs officers over some 16 mud-and-log barricades guarded by local Serbs who do not want to accept that Kosovo is an independent state.
Workers in London's financial center were greeted today with Occupy London, a growing anticapitalist demonstration in front of St. Paul's Cathedral. Some were surprisingly supportive of the protesters.
On the 20th anniversary of the Soviet Union's collapse, former President Mikhail Gorbachev says the US should have backed his promotion of perestroika, or political and economic reforms. He says that Vladimir Putin is dragging Russia backward.
In its annual report, the European Commission recommended that Serbia become a formal candidate for EU accession. But a diplomatic deadlock over Kosovo's sovereignty is a major impediment to moving forward.
Yulia Tymoshenko, the Ukrainian opposition leader, was sentenced to seven years in prison for 'criminal abuse' during her term as prime minister, though critics say the trial was politically motivated.