Football's world governing body FIFA on Saturday officially authorised the wearing of head covers for religious purposes during matches.
The Basque group Eta announced Saturday it would put its arsenal of weapons "out of operational use" in a first step by the considerably weakened separatist group towards an historic disarmament.
European Socialists on Saturday anointed Germany's Martin Schulz as their candidate for European Commission president, launching their campaign for elections in May with calls to fight unemployment and rising populism.
Star player Thomas Müller has admitted the Bundesliga title race is over and it is just a matter of time before Bayern Munich are again crowned champions.
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Saturday said the territorial integrity of Ukraine "must absolutely be respected", after Kiev accused Moscow of sending more than 6,000 soldiers to Crimea.
A number of Swedish children have expressed alarm this week following a (false) rumour that a popular telephone app may have been hacked by a preying paedophile.
Switzerland and Belgium warned tourists Friday against going to the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh after what Brussels called a "serious threat."
Italy's new government Friday decreed a payment of €570 million ($787 million) to Rome to prevent the capital sliding into bankruptcy.
Moody's raised its outlook for the German bond rating to "stable" from "negative" on Friday, citing the lowered risk that Berlin would be called on to prop up weak eurozone economies.
The head of Porsche, Matthias Müller, has had his contract renewed for another five years, the board of the German sports car company said on Friday.
The soccer World Cup taking place in Brazil this year indirectly prompted Pope Benedict XVI to bring forward his resignation by a year, his private secretary told a German newspaper on Friday.
Julie Gayet, the alleged lover of French President François Hollande, on Friday missed out on a top film award at France's equivalent of the Oscars.
The families of a French couple who disappeared in Bolivia are to appeal the acquittal of three alleged accomplices to the man jailed for 30 years for his murder.
Parisian chic met power dressing on the catwalks Friday with sharply tailored suits from Dior's Raf Simons and big shoulders for "modern warrior woman" from boho queen Isabel Marant.
Fathers in Sweden have been given the right to a share of child benefit regardless of the wishes of the mother who had previously been given the allowance by default.
Swedish police shot and immobilized a mentally ill man at a farm near Sollefteå in northern Sweden on Friday evening, ending an armed stand off that had begun at lunchtime.