Pro-Russian rebels holding a group of international OSCE observers, including four Germans, in eastern Ukraine on Saturday accused them of being "NATO spies" and vowed to continue detaining them.
Switzerland on Friday pulled out of the race to host matches at Euro 2020, the first continent-wide edition of Europe's top international football tournament.
Fitch Ratings upgraded Spain's sovereign credit on Friday, capping a string of good news for a nation still recovering from a job-wrecking, double-dip recession.
Spain's government agreed on Friday to spend 2.1 million euros ($2.9 million) to boost security at the border between Morocco and its north African territories of Ceuta and Melilla to fight illegal immigration.
Spanish newspapers bid an emotional farewell Saturday to former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova, hailing him as a footballing great and lamenting his death from cancer at 45.
Pope John XXIII, who will be canonized on Sunday, was "the best pope in history for the Jewish people," according to one of the founders of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation which honours the Swedish diplomat known for helping to save Jews from Nazi terror.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will cut short his trip to Rome and miss the canonisation of John Paul II and John XXIII because of growing tensions with Russia, his spokeswoman told AFP on Saturday.
A German wildlife rescue project is deploying small aerial drones to find and protect young deer hiding in tall grass from being shredded by combine harvesters cutting hay in spring.
What do Kylie Minogue and the can-can girls at the Moulin Rouge have in common? They all get their dancing shoes from Clairvoy, the Parisian bootmaker that has cornered the market for top end, made-to-measure footwear for screen and stage.
The former owner of a two-metre long crocodile found in a Swedish greenhouse last October has refused to pay the massive transport costs incurred when the reptile was moved to a zoo in the UK, arguing that he wanted his pet put down.
A Norwegian Air Shuttle flight bound for Oslo made an emergency landing in the Swedish city of Gothenburg on Friday after a passenger made a bomb threat, Swedish police said.