The World Kora Trio took Paris's Africolor music festival by storm recently. The musical group is comprised of a Frenchman, an American and a Malian, together performing modern, funky music with traditional instruments.
An Icelandic teen called "girl" by the Icelandic government, is suing for the right to use the name given to her by her mother. And though the name has previously been used for other women and men, this is the first time someone has taken the matter to court.
Bruce Oreck, the U.S. ambassador to Finaland, is a well-known ex-body builder with an outsized personality. In Finland, the media have been fascinated with his past life, putting him on the cover of magazines -- one time without a shirt, even.
France has the largest Jewish population in Western Europe. It also has the largest Muslim population. Those two mix to form a volatile population that's seen deadly violence and a growing level of anti-Semitism.
In Italy, the caretaker government of Prime Minister Mario Monti has been dissolved. But with new elections to be held In February and another former prime minister already set to run again, some say this isn't necessarily the end of Monti.
More than 100 years ago, a London family man decided he wanted to record his family's holiday get-togethers. But rather than pull out an iPhone, he recorded audio on wax cylinders. Amazingly, those cylinders survived and are now in a London museum.
It's easy to get overwhelmed when someone talks about the Higgs boson, the large hadron collider or almost anything else at the center of modern physics. But on a very basic level, people are often extremely interested. So student scientists at the CERN laboratory turned physics into an easy-enough-to-understand horror film.
A European court last week gave some measure of justice to a a German man who was mistakenly believed to be an al-Qaeda terrorist, then kidnapped and tortured, supposedly at the behest of the U.S. government. But U.S. officials remain silent about the case.
At the height of the Cold War, a German teen decided he'd fly his single-ending plane deep into the Soviet Union to build a metaphorical bridge between the Germans and the Soviets. He landed in Red Square — and was arrested and sentenced 25 years ago last week.
In Europe and the United States, Muslims, including a group called Muslims for Progressive Values, are pushing for making mosques more inclusive -- to serve all people. Some say this could be the beginning of a reformation of Islam.