Our humanity prompts us to rush assistance to victims after a disaster like the Haiti earthquake. But assistance can sometimes trigger a whole new set of problems.
Spain's Basque separatist ETA has promised a cease-fire. But it comes with conditions and the government appears to have rejected the offer.
A family lights sparklers in front of a cathedral during the Orthodox Christmas Eve in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Chinese Vice Prime Minister Li Keqiang is offering Chinese investment to a struggling Europe. In exchange, China wants improved trade ties with Europe.
The first solar eclipse of the year will be a partial one that occurs Tuesday morning.
As of Sunday, anyone caught smoking in enclosed public spaces will now have to pay a 30 euro ($40) fine and as much as 100,000 euros ($134,000) after being caught three times.
An Indiana earthquake Thursday, measured at a magnitude of 3.8, is the strongest ever recorded in that part of the state, which rarely sees earthquakes. No damage has been reported.
South Korean Christians sing a hymn in front of a Christmas tree on top of the Aegibong Peak Observatory just south of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas in Gimpo, South Korea, on Dec. 21. South Korean military allowed Christians to erect a Christmas tree on top of the observatory controlled by South Korean marines, which is located about 1.9 miles south of North Korean territory, while the North warned against it, according to local media.
After years of delays, the family of a Spanish journalist killed in a 2003 US attack on a Baghdad hotel turns to WikiLeaks documents that suggest the US and Spain colluded to prevent legal action.
Spain has slashed government spending amid a stagnant economy and 20 percent unemployment. But investors aren't yet fully convinced that Europe's fifth largest economy is out of the woods.