Japan lifts bans on imports of beef from the US, France and the Netherlands
The Japanese government will permit imports of meat from US cattle aged 30 months or younger for the first time in 10 years.
From beer to water, Netherlands gets first king in a century
In a country where a third of the land is below sea level, a head of state familiar with the complexities of keeping nearly 17 million people dry can be a good thing.
Horse meat burgers saddle UK with menu of problems
Brits trade jokes after equine DNA found in beef products but serious concerns could ruin the punchline.
Sound reasons to fight Al Qaeda in Mali
Commentary: International action could forestall a protracted war.
Money can’t buy love for Europe’s scandal-hit royals
Sex, elephants and spending have hurt monarchs’ images. Except in Denmark.
Same-sex marriage: Liberte, egalite, fraternite — also for French gays?
President Francois Hollande's gay marriage bill revives bitter debate over the rights of same-sex couples in France.
Why Saab killed its griffin logo
Saab introduced its iconic griffin in 1949.
In Belgium, Gerard Depardieu gives Frenchmen a bad name
The movie star looked north of the border for tax breaks, and he's not the only one.
UPS withdraws $6.9B TNT Express takeover offer
United Parcel Service Inc. has dropped a $6.9 billion offer for Dutch company TNT Express NV.
Deaf Belgian twins euthanized after discovering that they are going blind
Euthanasia for adults has been legal in Belgium since 2002. This case marks first time two brothers have been permitted to die together.
Haze clears over Dutch cannabis law
Smoking pot in the Netherlands is now a city-by-city choice for tourists.
Belgium king's Christmas speech sparks controversy, linking separatism to fascism
Belgium's King Albert II gave a Christmas speech that angered the country's most popular political party by appearing to link Flemish separatism to fascism.
2,012 words of 2012
Here are the buzzwords, the keywords, or just plain words, that were uttered time and again in 2012. This was an absurd amount of work. So please click on it.
Dead Dutch skydiver found 9 days after jump
The body of Dutch skydiver Mark van den Boogaard was discovered by chance by rabbit hunters after 9 days.
Portuguese Christmas Eve salt cod
Bacalhau da Consoada, a national staple.
Sushi kills your brain
Too much tuna can be bad for your brain, report warns.
Belgian university warns against cross-dressing after male student gang-raped
The Brussels Institute of Higher Education University has asked students not to cross-dress after a male student in drag was gang-raped.
Belgian man finds out his wife is a man after 19 years
The Belgian man wants an annulment after discovering his wife got a sex change and never told him.
EU confronts "Brixit" risk
Budget deadlock could push Britain toward EU's exit.
Euro crisis feeds obesity fears
Shrinking incomes are leading more families to switch to cut-price convenience foods.
Hormones in menstrual cycle may worsen asthma symptoms, study finds
A new study has found that changes in hormones during a woman's menstrual cycle may affect the severity of asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
10 countries hoarding massive amounts of gold
The global financial crisis is driving many countries to build their gold reserves in search of a stable monetary resource.
Europe is making Obama look good, but it could break him in his second term
Americans should praise Obama for holding the US economy at a stable rate given the European economic debacle.
Amsterdam drops ban on tourists in cannabis cafes
The mayor of Amsterdam says he will not ban foreign tourists from smoking a big fat one at the city's famous "coffee shops," aka cannabis cafes.
Venus, Steve Jobs' yacht, unveiled in the Netherlands (VIDEO)
Venus, the late Apple CEO's 250-foot yacht, was in the works for six years.
Dutch elections: coalition government formed
The Liberal party announced today that it will form a coalition government with the Labour party that is pro-austerity and pro-Europe.
Don't call them French fries
Belgium celebrates its love affair with the humble frite.
Ford plans closure of Belgian plant to curtail European losses
Ford is also in talks about closing its last UK plant.
Jobs ease Europe's bad conscience over arms sales
Europeans juggle concern over the impact of small arms sales with the need to generate employment.
Royal wedding, Royal hats
It just wouldn't be a royal wedding in Luxembourg without the string of royals rocking elaborate headpieces.
Royal wedding fever spreads to Luxembourg
Prince Guillame of Luxembourg is marrying Countess Stephanie de Lannoy in the region's first royal wedding in decades.