In Belgium, police are trying to make sense of an attack that saw a man shoot and kill five people, injure more than 100 and then take his own life during an attack on a busy bus stop near a Christmas market. They don't believe it's related to terrorism.
After the Bolshevik Revolution, communist leaders in Russia solved the urban housing crisis by seizing the luxury apartments of the rich and turning them into communal housing projects, the kommunalka. Each family got a room and then all the families, three, four, five of them, shared the kitchen and bathrooms. Some older Russians miss those times.
Spain's struggling economy has left many in the country with a sense of malaise and gloom. Looking for something positive, more and more are turning to the beauty salon or nail parlor for a little pick-up.
Scientists and Switzerland have come close to proving the existence of the Higgs boson, but so far they don't have the evidence they need to make a conclusive finding. The so-called 'God particle' is expected to be a key in understanding the presence of mass in the universe.
Dmitry Medvedev, in the wake of protests by thousands of Russians, announced over the weekend that the results of the Dec. 4 parliamentary elections would be recounted. But the election, which many western observers pronounced as fraudulent, also may be the reason that Vladimir Putin will face a new and stronger challenger in the upcoming presidential election.
Only the United Kingdom, one of 10 EU countries not using the euro, indicated it could not support efforts to enshrine new protocols for monitoring country's budgets and enforcing limits on deficits.
France and Germany are trying to spur their fellow European leaders to make bold changes to European treaties in order to get economic stability in the eurozone.
As critics pound the euro as the source of their economic problems, and others worry about how its loss could be devastating, many say that the loss of the euro would have another profound effect: a major erosion of the still developing sense of European identity.
In The Netherlands, as the economy sputters and the prospect of spending trillions of dollars to bail out staggering economies, many Dutch are saying enough and imploring their leaders to get out of the Euro. Failing that, they'd like to see the Euro become the Neuro, or a common currency for Northern Europe.
Standard & Poor's, the debt rating agency that downgrades U.S. debt this summer has issued a warning that France, Germany and 13 other European Union countries, those using the Euro, may see their credit ratings reduced.