September 25, 2012 The BBC has issued an apology for revealing details of a private conversation one of its reporters had with Queen Elizabeth II in which she expressed concern over why it was so difficult to arrest Abu Hamza al-Masri. The British radical Muslim cleric just lost his fight against extradition to the U.S., where he faces terrorism charges.
September 23, 2012 Drug- and gang-related shootouts have killed 20 people so far this year in France's second largest city. The crime wave has prompted one Marseille politician to call for the army to be sent in. The city's isolated housing projects breed despair and are home to a parallel economy based on drugs.
September 23, 2012 The automaker, a symbol of Italy's industrial revolution and the country's biggest employer, had threatened to shut down its operations. It's part of a wider problem: A decade of globalization and three years of the euro crisis have accelerated Italy's industrial decay.
September 22, 2012 In Spain, a parallel economy has sprung up amid high unemployment and insecurity over the euro's future. Some Spaniards have created time banks, with workers earning hours, rather than money, and then bartering those hours for other services.
September 21, 2012 If you need help in ultramodern Berlin, the low-tech tradition of posting a note on a lamppost may yield the best results. Just ask Maira Becke, who has turned to the city's many avid lamppost readers for help recovering a beloved stiletto shoe.
September 20, 2012 Scientists question the methods and results of a new study showing harm to rats fed a diet of GMO corn and herbicide. But the debate is far from settled as interest groups call for a ban and governments ask for further studies.
September 20, 2012 Cecilia Giménez turned her Spanish church's 19-century work of art into something that looks more like a werewolf than Jesus Christ. But tourists have come to see it and the church as been collecting more money. Should she get a piece of the action?
September 19, 2012 The weekly Charlie Hebdo has courted such controversy before. Its offices were firebombed last November after another issue that satirized the prophet. The new cartoons come amid high tensions over an anti-Islam video.
September 18, 2012 Lionel Messi and his teammates are tired of being asked for autographs by male members of Turkish Airlines' crews, the club says. So, the soccer team has asked that only women be on board with the team. The airline — the team's official carrier — has agreed.