The now-rejected bailout tax plan has left Cypriots and Europeans alike unhappy. Now Cyprus is looking to Russia for money.
Despite independent evidence that Sergei Magnitsky was beaten to death in prison in 2009 in an incident that has chilled US-Russian relations, Russia's top investigators have closed the case.
With a government beset by corruption scandals and rising anger over austerity, some fear that Spain could follow Italy's path into political dysfunction. But experts say that's unlikely.
Cyprus became an important financial center, in part with the help of Russia. Many of the top bankholders on the island are Russians.
The EU raised serious doubts about its promise to guarantee citizens’ savings – a vital pillar of any financial sector – when it went along with a plan to levy small Cypriot depositors.
While Pope Francis, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, has brought a dramatic change of style to the papacy, whether he brings a change of substance remains to be seen.
The new regulator can impose tough fines with the force of law, pleasing Labour and the Lib Dems, but there is a safeguard against one party influencing its actions, pleasing Conservatives.
Cypriots took to the streets and its parliamentarians rebelled against a EU bailout plan for the country's banks that would impose a tax on the banks' account holders.
Russia issued a cool response to the scrapping of a NATO anti-missile system much resented by the Kremlin. But experts say the cancellation could still help US-Russian relations.
The more devout and orthodox the believer, the more likely they are to welcome the pope, but even liberal Catholics are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Behind the Sistine Chapel's closed doors, a fierce negotiating session led to the unlikely election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, say observers, because he was a Vatican outsider.
The Catholic Church is getting not only its first Latin American pope, but its first Jesuit leader. He hails from an order known for outreach and fresh thinking.
The prosecution and brief institutionalization of a muckraking journalist, and a proposal to rein in academic freedom, stir memories of Latvia under Soviet rule.
The Russian president said that a revival of the Soviet-era mass physical training program, albeit in a less ideological form, is necessary for the health of his country's children.
The election of Francis is being interpreted as a victory for reform-minded cardinals, and may herald sweeping changes for the scandal-beset Catholic Church.
The selection of Jorge Bergoglio, a Jesuit from Argentina, to be the next head of the Catholic Church electrified Rome.
As more people find themselves victims of mortgage fraud and eviction in Spain, they are banding together to advocate for legal reforms.
Leaks about the report, which says the Communists won the 2011 parliamentary elections, suggest a power struggle could be going on among Russia's elite - and perhaps involving Putin.
An American expatriate writer and a Latvian economist-cum-composer have turned an online tiff between Estonia's president and Nobel-winning economist Krugman into high art.
Hungary's right-wing ruling party Fidesz and its Hungarian Socialist opposition are already trading barbs ahead of 2014 elections. But Hungarians are increasingly unimpressed by both.