The Turkish Constitutional Court on Wednesday dismissed a prosecutor's request to close down the ruling Justice and Development Party on charges that it was working to undermine the secular nature of the state.
Media watchdog Ofcom fined the BBC 400,000 pounds on Wednesday, the largest financial penalty it has ever isued against the public broadcaster, for misleading the public through fake quizzes and competitions.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's decision to resign amid corruption allegations and his own plummeting popularity has intensified doubts about Israel's prospects for reaching peace deals with the Palestinians and Syria.
Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi has reaffirmed his critical stance towards the Union for the Mediterranean - the brainchild of French President Nicolas Sarkozy - saying it will divide the 53-nation African Union.
NATO should show Russia it would defend the Baltic states - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - in the event of attack, the US has said, as Russia's recent invasion of Georgia continues to send ripples through European security arrangements.
EU finance ministers have decided to raise minimum bank deposit guarantees across all 27-strong bloc and to take co-ordinated action to save financial institutions in a bid to calm ordinary people and markets amid the financial crisis.
The Icelandic government, fighting hard to prevent a collapse of its financial system, took control of the country's second biggest bank, Landsbanki, on Tuesday and has had to run to Russia for cash to support its currency.
The European Commission has rejected a request from the French president that commission head Barroso work to overturn the European Parliament's decision banning the cutting of internet access to websurfers who illegally download copyrighted films or music.
In a violent swerve away from the laissez-faire capitalism that has underpinned Western society for the past three decades, EU states on Monday outlined the details of a historic state bail-out of Europe's financial sector.