From thingamabobs to headscarves, we've compiled a gallery of the week's most interesting and important news stories.
Last season's Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund strengthened their position as early Bundesliga leaders with a 1-0 win at home to Werder Bremen on Friday.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Saturday that all indications show that Syria was behind a "chemical massacre" near Damascus that the opposition claims killed hundreds.
Britain's top representative in Gibraltar reacted angrily on Friday to news that Spanish police divers had filmed themselves inspecting a concrete reef in waters claimed by the tiny territory.
The Italian coast guard said Saturday it had rescued more than 200 migrants off Sicily, swelling the ranks of the thousands of boat people who have made the crossing thanks to calm summer waters.
Albanian police have seized more than a ton of cannabis destined for Italy and arrested a suspected smuggler, a spokeswoman said on Friday.
The administrator in the case of Joachim Posener, who has spent over 15 years on the run following the looting of the firm Trustor in 1997, has given up the chase for assets and has filed a bankruptcy application with a Stockholm court.
North Korea expressed anger on Saturday after Switzerland earlier blocked a deal to supply key equipment for a ski resort which has been under construction as one of leader Kim Jong-Un's pet projects.
Sweden's government has declined to comment on the growing scandal involving the head of the country's jobs agency who faces the sack following reports she racked up more than 300,000 kronor ($46,000) in mobile phone charges.
French firm Technip will lay the world's deepest gas pipeline for energy giant Shell in the US Gulf of Mexico, the oil services company said in a statement on Friday.
Jonny Wilkinson brilliantly outshone fellow British and Irish Lion fly-half Jonathan Sexton as European champions Toulon routed Racing-Metro 41-14 in the French Top 14 on Friday.
A billionaire who has invested in Hamburg has branded the Bundesliga club "amateurish on all levels" and called for ex-Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath to become the new president.
The pregnant woman who was beaten last Friday in Farstavägen in southern Stockholm, reportedly because she wore a headscarf, has been attacked again, according to Stockholm police.