April 26, 2013 The cause of the blaze at a facility near Moscow is under investigation. Police tell Russian media that most of the estimated 38 victims likely had been under sedation and died in their sleep. Only three people are reported to have survived. A nurse was able to lead two patients to safety.
April 25, 2013 About a century ago, a beautiful tradition emerged in the Italian city of Naples: Cafe-goers would buy a cup of coffee anonymously and in advance for a less-fortunate stranger. With much of Europe now in tight financial times, the custom is spreading across the continent.
April 25, 2013 Among other things, the tech giant says it will more clearly label results from its own services and more prominently display competitors' results.
April 24, 2013 Opponents of the new law threw bottles, cans and metal bars. Police responded with tear gas. President Francois Hollande has appealed for calm.
April 23, 2013 France will join 13 other nations that have legalized gay marriage within their borders. In three others, including the U.S., same-sex marriage is legal in some jurisdictions. The new French law also legalizes adoptions by same-sex couples.
April 21, 2013 When the only known poem Winston Churchill wrote as an adult went up for auction in London recently, it was expected to fetch a pretty penny. But the poem failed to fetch a buyer, and now its fate is unknown. New Yorker Poetry Editor Paul Muldoon takes a critical look at "Our Modern Watchwords."
April 21, 2013 The London Marathon observed 30 seconds of silence before the race got underway Sunday, in a show of solidarity with the victims of Monday's Boston Marathon blasts. Many runners and spectators wore black ribbons to honor the three people killed and the more than 170 injured.