Spain's economic recovery has been slow -- if at all. And as the economic malaise persists, families are making choices about what they spend. So, when the $400 bill comes to keep a horse another month, many families are saying no more and abandoning them. Within months, the horses are dead, if not rescued.
Margaret Thatcher was a controversial figure in life and was similarly so in death. While world leaders, especially conservative ones, praised her accomplishments, some liberals panned the Iron Lady's legacy while recognizing the impact she had on the world in 11 years as Britain's prime minister.
Mara Kanté, a French Muslim soccer player, found himself in jail for nearly two years after an anonymous witness claimed he saw Kanté firing a gun during riots in largely Muslim suburbs back in 2007. The witness eventually recanted, and Kanté was freed, but he's still trying to pick up the pieces.
Vultures, yes vultures, are increasingly important to the economy and health and safety of a poor, rural area of Bulgaria. The vulture of the Eastern Rhodope Nature Reserve not only dispose of local dead animals, preventing disease, but also are a powerful tourist draw.
Especially in Georgia, Josef Stalin's home country, the ruthless former Soviet dictator enjoys a remarkably high level of support. According to new research from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Stalin is widely admired, some 60 years after his death.
Greece is the poster child of European economic crisis. But across the Aegean Sea is Turkey, with a booming economy. The two neighbors, though, are long-time enemies. This new economic disparity, however, is alleviating old pains and bringing the two countries' people closer together.
Stephane Hessel inspired the Occupy Wall Street movement with his writing, and powered protest movements around the globe. But as those movements seemingly sputter out, Hessel had one more book of advice, specifically for protesters in Spain. It's set to be released now, shortly after his death.
Italy is facing political gridlock, while Europe contemplates the political and economic consequences of Italian voters ousting the country's internationally popular technocrat prime minister in favor of candidates who vow an end to austerity and more benefits for all Italians.
Bulgaria's church has long been an important cultural and moral center for the country. And over the weekend, for the first time in centuries, the new leader was chosen without government influence. But still, because of decades of political input, the new patriarch assumes office with a bit of uncertainty around him.
In Spain, a loaf of bread has typically cost a euro. But times are tough there, and one baker in the Valencia region decided to slash the price to just 20 euro cents. In so doing, he's upended the system, and captured a whole bunch of new customers at the same time.