Germany's constitutional court has strengthened the rights of gay and lesbian couples, giving them a same tax benefit as heterosexual married couples.
Carnage from the Syrian civil war mounted across the country Saturday, including in the nation's capital in the south and the key metropolis in the northwest, opposition activists said.
Several dozen protesters picketed a cultural center in Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday as part of continued demonstrations against a controversial regional languages bill.
Italy successfully sold €5.25 billion of short- and long-term bonds Friday, despite being downgraded by Moody's a day earlier.
Russia will not deliver new weapons to Syria so long as the situation in that country is unstable, an official at the body in charge of monitoring Russia's arms trade said Monday, state media reported.
CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney and meteorologist Tom Sater report the latest on devastating flooding in Russia.
At least 141 people have died as floodwaters surge through southern Russia's Krasnodar region, state-run media reported Sunday, citing Russia's Interior Ministry.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces a Saturday deadline to be extradited to Sweden for questioning in sexual assault allegations, Swedish authorities said.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lambasted Russia and China on Friday for blocking efforts to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has lost a key general to defection.
Romania's president Traian Basescu was suspended on Friday, after the impeachment motion filed by the ruling coalition passed the Parliament's vote.
CNN's Phil Black reports on Ukraine's efforts to end its dependency on expensive Russian gas imports.
Early this year Ukraine -- along with much of eastern Europe -- was caught in a deep and protracted cold snap. Many froze to death, energy demand spiked, and to top it all Russia accused Ukraine of stealing gas from transit pipes destined for western Europe for the second time in three years.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy concedes the presidential election to Socialist challenger François Hollande.
Police on Tuesday raided the Paris home and offices of Nicolas Sarkozy, his attorney said, amid an ongoing investigation into whether the former French president received illegal campaign contributions.
Two members of the Basque separatist movement ETA, including one who has been convicted of more than 20 murders, were arrested Friday in London over alleged terror offenses, the Spanish Interior Ministry said.
Reaction is mixed after the Basque terrorist group ETA pledges to end violence. CNN's Al Goodman reports.
The IMF managing director on whether German Chancellor Angela Merkel has gotten unfair push back because she is a woman.
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday welcomed the results of the Greek election as he prepared to join other world leaders at a summit aimed at boosting a sluggish global economic recovery.
New French President Francois Hollande tightened his grip on power Monday as the Interior Ministry confirmed that his Socialist party and its allies won an absolute majority in parliamentary elections Sunday.
CNN's Jim Bittermann reports French President Hollande is looking to solidify his Socialist Party's majority.
Thirty years after hundreds died in a fight over the disputed Falkland Islands, the Argentine president on Thursday urged Britain to once again try to resolve the conflict -- this time, at the negotiating table.
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown lashed out Monday at press baron Rupert Murdoch, his son and his British newspapers, raising the stakes in a highly charged and very public battle between the two men.
A former British prime minister who has been a harsh critic of media baron Rupert Murdoch is due to testify Monday at an enquiry spawned by phone-hacking at Murdoch's News of the World tabloid.
Angela Merkel said a core group of states needed to press on with European integration to fight the eurozone crisis, a rebuke to David Cameron, UK prime minister, who has called for more short-term crisis measures.
The heads of state of Russia, China and four Central Asian partner nations signed a statement Thursday opposing outside intervention in Syria and Iran.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, dogged by widespread speculation about his health, appeared chipper and energetic in a television appearance over the weekend.
Is Poland the "El Dorado" of shale gas? CNN talks to Chevron, which is investing in the controversial energy source.
Poland may be sitting on a vast natural resource that could make it energy independent.
Russia test-fired a ballistic missile Wednesday, a move that comes amid tensions about a recent NATO announcement that it placed an interim missile defense shield in Europe.
From her hospital, Yulia Tymoshenko says international pressure is influencing Ukraine's government. Phil Black reports.
If democracy had existed in ancient Egypt, then not a single pyramid would not have been built.
Francois Hollande is sworn is as new president of France. Richard Quest reports.
New French President Francois Hollande has chosen mostly moderates for his Cabinet, indicating an effort to build a broad coalition in the country.
As Jim Bittermann reports, French President-elect Francois Hollande faces a flurry of meetings and summits.
Germany's electoral map has many colors in comparison to the red and blue of America, yet on both sides of the Atlantic, battleground state elections can portend change on the national level.
Greek politicians failed to forge a coalition government Wednesday as a leftist leader huddled separately with two of his counterparts who've supported the austerity initiatives he opposes.
No one used the word reward, but the subtext was clear for all to see.
Angela Merkel's key ally on eurozone austerity measures, Nicolas Sarkozy, is in danger of losing his job.
With talks deadlocked between the United States and Russia over plans to deploy a missile defense shield in Europe, a top Russian general raised the possibility of a possible pre-emptive strike against launch sites if a deal could not be reached.
Football fans traveling to Ukraine for this summer's European Championships have been warned they will face a "criminal" police force mired in so many abuse scandals that their behavior threatens to ruin the showpiece tournament.
In a combative televised debate, President Nicolas Sarkozy and challenger Francois Hollande focused on the economy.
Two main parties are expected to be able to form new coalitions after Greek elections set for May 6. Jim Boulden reports.
Pressure is mounting on Ukraine to clean up its human rights record ahead of the Euro 2012 finals next month, with the EU Commission's president the latest high-profile leader to boycott the football championships.
A French journalist reporting alongside soldiers is missing in Colombia after a leftist rebel group attacked their unit, killing four people and injuring six, officials said Sunday.
Northern Ireland police find an abandoned van containing a device with 600 pounds of explosives in Newry.
Romania's government collapsed Friday and a new prime minister was appointed after a censure motion filed by the opposition won approval in Parliament.
CNN's Fareed Zakaria takes a look at the candidates in this year's French elections, their platforms and the big issues.
France's presidential hopefuls make last-minute pitches a week before first balloting. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.
CNN's Jim Bittermann profiles the third man in the French presidential election, far left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon
French voters are always good for a surprise, and the French presidential election will not be over before the run-off election on May 6. But the winner -- likely to be either Nicolas Sarkozy or Francois Hollande -- will need to immediately turn their attention to economic issues. The eurozone's problems will be top priority.
Women danced in their underwear at a "bunga bunga party" held by Silvio Berlusconi, a woman testified Monday at the former Italian prime minister's trial on charges of having sex with an underage prostitute, Italian media reported.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says all that took place at his bunga-bunga parties "was dancing."
An Agnes Poirier op-ed links the Toulouse shootings with French policies.
Re-election to the Elysée Palace was looking like mission impossible for President Nicolas Sarkozy: Trailing far behind the socialist candidate François Hollande in the polls for months, Sarkozy had only just recently narrowed his rival's lead, but only at the price of a pugnacious and robust few weeks of campaigning, exploiting the extreme right's favorite themes, immigration and halal meat.
Six Nobel Peace Prize laureates have urged Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron to hold talks with Argentina on the future of the Falkland Islands.
More than 100 people were detained in Moscow on Sunday after taking part in a protest against state television programming, police said.
A plot to assassinate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has been foiled, Russia's state-run Channel One TV reported Monday, less than a week before presidential elections that Putin is expected to win.
A Russian state media TV network claims an alleged plot to kill Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has been foiled.
A woman blew herself up at a police post in Russia's southwestern republic of Dagestan, killing four officers and wounding two more, the state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported Tuesday.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he has won Russia's presidential election, restoring the former KGB officer to the office he held for eight years before term limits forced him to step down in 2008.
No politician in Russia can draw a crowd like Vladimir Putin.
The Communist Party still has strong support, but CNN's Phil Black reports it's struggling to prevent another Putin term.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called for unity as he appeared headed for a third term as president, declaring victory in an "open and honest fight" in Sunday's election.
Russia's socialite, former reality show star Kseniya Sobchak, uses her fame to enter the political arena.
Russians go to the polls on Sunday March 4 to elect a new president. Current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is attempting to regain the post he held between 1999 and 2008. He has been a dominant force in Russian politics for more than a decade but his popularity has suffered recent setbacks. So who is challenging him and what will the poll mean for Russia? CNN examines some of the key questions.
Anti-corruption groups vow to field an army of volunteer monitors at Russian polling stations. CNN's Phil Black reports.
On December 10 last year a huge crowd rallied in Moscow. The people were fired up about alleged election fraud and fed up with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. It was unprecedented in the country's post-Soviet history. Unthinkable in Putin's Russia.
Phil Black profiles Russian pres. candidate, Mikhail Prokhorov, and the belief among some that he's a "Kremlin project."
A new French law making it a crime to publicly deny the Ottoman Empire's genocide of Armenians a century ago was ruled unconstitutional Tuesday by France's Constitutional Council.
Ian Paisley, the firebrand Northern Ireland unionist politician, has been released from the hospital after three weeks, his wife said Tuesday.
In a widely expected move, German lawmakers approved Monday a politically unpopular second bailout for Greece.
A judge has dismissed the corruption case against former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
A judge has dismissed the corruption case against former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, saying that the statute of limitations has expired.
What will outgoing Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi do next? CNN's Fareed Zakaria has an idea.
Italian prosecutors Wednesday asked a court to sentence former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to five years in prison if he is found guilty of corruption charges.
CNN's Dan Rivers reports on simmering tensions over the Falkland Islands as Britain's Prince William deploys there.
CNN's Matthew Chance reports on the latest demonstrations and debate in the Greek debt crisis.
Russia's controversial stance in the Syrian crisis has left many wondering what Moscow stands to gain by backing the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad.
CNN's Ivan Watson explains why those opposed to Bashar al-Assad are so angry with Russia for blocking a U.N. resolution.
Snow and record low temperatures claim lives in the Ukraine. CNN's Mathew Chance reports.
Romania's prime minister resigned Monday in the wake of weeks of public protests against austerity measures and a deadly spell of bitterly cold weather.
Ian Paisley, the evangelist who made peace in Northern Ireland after leading Protestants against compromise with Roman Catholics for years, has been hospitalized for an unreported condition, his wife said in a statement Monday.
As international leaders express outrage over mass killings in Syria -- and lament the inability to pass a U.N. Security Council resolution denouncing the Syrian regime -- questions linger about the two countries behind the impasse.
As international anger grows over reports of mass carnage at the hands of the Syrian regime, a U.N. Security Council draft resolution condemning Syria failed to be adopted Saturday after veto-wielding members Russia and China voted against it.
Sub-zero temperatures continued to keep eastern Europe in their grip Wednesday, leading to the deaths of 31 people in Ukraine so far, emergency officials there said.
French lawmakers have asked the country's constitutional council to examine a new law that punishes the denial of genocide with fines and prison time.
Argentina's foreign ministry slammed British officials Tuesday over Prince William's upcoming deployment in the Falkland Islands.
Arab and Western diplomats spoke in support Tuesday of a U.N. Security Council draft resolution that calls for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, while representatives from Russia and China slammed it as meddlesome.
Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, a long-time Italian politician who served as the European nation's president for much of the 1990s, has died, the Italian government announced Sunday.
Turkey is reacting angrily Tuesday to the French Senate's approval of a law criminalizing the denial of genocide, including that of the Armenians at the end of the Ottoman Empire.
Ivan Watson reports on the French Senate voting to criminalize public denial of the 'Ottoman Empire's' genocide of Armenians.
Turkey's fraught relationship with France is set to erode further after the French Senate passed controversial legislation criminalizing any public denial of what the bill calls the Armenian genocide in Ottoman Turkey in 1915 -- a description Turkey has rejected.
CNN's Ivan Watson explains why the French bill on what it calls Armenian genocide causes such controversy.
The French Senate voted late Monday to criminalize any public denial of what new legislation calls the Ottoman Empire's genocide of Armenians, triggering fresh condemnation from modern Turkey.
Romania's deputy health minister, whose resignation last week triggered ongoing protests across the nation, was reappointed to his post on Tuesday after meeting with the prime minister.
CNN's Richard Quest talks to Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek about Turkey's thriving economy and growth.
The European Union is "shooting itself in the foot" by keeping Turkey at bay, the country's Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek says.
Critics accuse the Hungarian government of moves that threaten its financial future. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.
A former Hungarian prime minister was briefly detained Friday during a demonstration outside the Parliament building, police said.