President Barack Obama bows his head in prayer prior to speaking at the University of Notre Dame during commencement ceremonies in South Bend, Indiana, on May 17, 2009.
Greece's new leader today submitted a draft budget while Italy has presented an austerity program. But investors are skittish as EU debate rages over how best to address the Europe debt crisis.
Spaniards are savoring the prospect of an end to ETA's Basque separatist terrorism. Basques have increasingly rejected the armed struggle of ETA, while still supporting other pro-independence groups.
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.
Spain voted in favor of a constitutional amendment to cap deficit spending by 2020, boosting its credibility amid Europe's debt crisis. But many Spaniards were upset with the rushed reform.
Global markets fell for the eighth day on Friday, while the US markets recovered from Thursday's plummet. As global markets drop, fear grows that the global economy could slip into another recession.
A better-than-expected US jobs report helped abate selling pressures on Wall Street. But Europe's debt problems are pressuring EU officials to act.
Spain earthquake: Two earthquakes that hit Lorca, Spain, Wednesday evening killed at least 9 people and injured hundreds. Thousands have been left homeless.
Muammar Qaddafi sent envoys to Europe ahead of an EU summit Friday on the Libyan conflict. Libyan rebels are also courting European support and won recognition from France.
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.