The real drama behind Oscar winner 'Spotlight' is still playing out around the world
Cardinal George Pell, the highest ranking church official yet, admits to 'enormous' mistakes in allowing abuse.
European Parliament calls for Saudi arms embargo
The body says Britain, France and other EU governments should no longer sell weapons to a country accused of targeting civilians in Yemen.
See the Milky Way mapped out in stunning detail
Thank you, European Southern Observatory.
Amnesty's annual report slams Europe's 'shameful' response on refugees
The London-based campaign group, traditionally more used to blasting dictatorships, used its annual report to take some of the world's oldest democracies to task.
The US stands to lose billions if Europe fumbles the refugee crisis
Politicians talk about tightening EU borders. But economists see a huge downside.
Introducing the world’s dopest tablecloth
A Swedish company has developed a tablecloth with a drum kit and piano keys printed on the fabric. Here's how it works.
EU must cut beef consumption in half to reach 2020 climate targets
EU climate targets won't be met unless greenhouse gas emissions linked to beef and dairy consumption are dramatically reduced, a Swedish study published on Monday said.
Pope calls for worldwide abolition of death penalty
It's about taking the commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' literally.
The 2016 World Press Photo winners — in pictures
The topics range from the war in Syria to the illegal ivory trade in many parts of Africa.
Tear gas has become a regular thing in Kosovo’s parliament
Three times in one session.
The mystery behind mass sperm whale deaths in Europe
Until there are results from the autopsies, scientists say there's only speculation at this point.
Humans started having sex with Neanderthals way earlier than thought
A group of modern humans that arrived in Eurasia far earlier than previously thought also had sex with Neanderthals, according to a new study.
Polish film director Andrzej Zulawski dies at 75
Polish art-house film director Andrzej Zulawski died on Wednesday at the age of 75 after a long battle with cancer, his family said.
Germany’s coming for all those euros stuffed in your mattress
The 'cashless future' is closer than ever, but cash-loving Germans are not happy about it.
NATO deploys warships to Aegean Sea to deal with Europe's refugee crisis
Germany and Turkey, both seeking to limit the influx of migrants, requested the operation. NATO insists it's not focused on 'pushing back refugee boats.'
Bernie Sanders wants the US to be more like Sweden. Could it work?
Could a Scandinavian-style welfare state work in the US? And what exactly does a 'social democracy' look like in Sweden?
The US can learn a lot from Zurich about how to fight its heroin crisis
The Swiss city went from Europe's 1990s drug den to one of the best places to live on Earth.
In Moldova, even the ‘good guys’ are accused of corruption
It goes to show just how chaotic politics are in the former Soviet republic, one of Europe’s poorest countries.
No breakthrough as Merkel, Renzi pledge to tackle migrant crisis
The German and Italian leaders Friday pledged to tackle Europe's migrant influx but failed to resolve discord on an EU deal with Turkey to limit arrivals, a day after Berlin moved to tighten asylum rules.
Remember swine flu? It’s back
Experts say it's preventable, but more than 100 people in Eastern Europe have died from H1N1.
The Islamic State is planning more 'large-scale' attacks in Europe: Europol
The Islamic State has honed the ability to launch global attacks and is set to focus more on Europe following the Paris massacre, the chief of the EU police agency said Monday.
DNA blood test predicts suspects' age
Forensic scientists have developed a blood test that can predict the age of an individual to within four years by examining the aging process of human DNA.
After retaking key city, Syrian government in no mood to make concessions
Meanwhile, Syria talks set for Monday are certain to be delayed — in large part because no one can decide who will represent the opposition.
These European countries are seizing cash and valuables from refugees
Critics are up in arms against regulations that allow officials to confiscate assets from asylum-seekers to help finance their stay.
Democracy is broken all over Europe
Differences over Russia and refugees go to the core of the region's political dilemma.
France commits $2 billion to tackle its 'economic emergency'
The eurozone's second-largest economy is hurting from high unemployment. President Hollande says he'll fix that, finally, without tax hikes.
Switzerland has been confiscating cash from asylum-seekers for years
Upon arrival, asylum-seekers are told: 'If you have ... more than 1,000 Swiss francs when you arrive at the reception center, you must hand them over against a receipt.'
Sorry Romanian prisoners, writing books won’t get you out of jail anymore
With more than 300 prisoner-produced works last year, the government is scrapping its write-for-freedom law.
Happiness: Is it in your DNA?
Happiness is a state of mind, the gurus say. Turns out, it could be more a function of genes.
Syrian, Iraqi militants said to have planned New Year attack in Munich
Police said they had received information that five to seven suicide bombers were planning to take part in the attack.
New Year's Eve, without the letdown: Watch other people ring in 2016
Did your city cancel New Year's? Are you sick and staying in? You can still join the party.