Ireland votes on Friday on whether to abolish its upper house of parliament, a historic move that Prime Minister Enda Kenny argues will save money but which critics say is a power grab.
The US Treasury warned Thursday of a disastrous outcome if Congress's refusal to raise the country's borrowing ceiling forces it to default on obligations.
Spain's government sees light at the end of the tunnel with the end to a two-year recession but analysts warn joblessness will continue to weigh down the eurozone's fourth-largest economy.
Talks between an exasperated President Barack Obama and top Republicans failed to end a government shutdown, with both sides accusing the other of refusing to negotiate.
Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi abandoned his bid to topple Enrico Letta's government in a humiliating climbdown after key allies rebelled against his leadership.
The US government shutdown had no drastic effect on the military Tuesday but if it remains in place everything from ship repairs to combat training will be disrupted.
Norway's incoming government will get tough on immigration, future prime minister Erna Solberg, said Monday as she presented the main policies of the minority coalition she is forming with a populist right-wing party.
A US government shutdown would hit an economy struggling to sustain its post-crisis rebound, but experts say the impact will only be substantial if Washington's political paralysis lasts several weeks.
The US lurched into a dreaded government shutdown for the first time in 17 years, triggering agency closures and hundreds of thousands of furloughs as Congress missed a deadline to pass a budget.
Lawmakers have one final day to try to prevent the first US government shutdown in 17 years, but a deal appeared remote Monday as congressional leaders showed little intent to compromise.
Spain will stick to its path of austerity in 2014 with the government due to approve its draft budget for the year on Friday, subjecting pensioners and public workers to more cutbacks despite a slowly improving economy.
Revelations about the US government's secret surveillance programs has had a big impact on "trust metrics" of Internet companies like Facebook.
Yahoo received some 29,000 government requests for data on its users this year, with almost half coming from the United States.
Senegal's new prime minister, Aminata Toure, formed her new government Monday with the notable absence of singer and tourism minister Youssou N'Dour, according to a presidential statement.
Hopes that Somalia may soon turn the page on decades of anarchy have been dealt a string of blows, giving the internationally-backed government little to cheer as it marks its first birthday.
The US government spied on electronic communications between Americans with no links to terror suspects until a judge ruled it illegal in 2011.
Iran's parliament approved on Thursday most of President Hassan Rowhani's cabinet picks, allowing the government to start work.
Brazil's state-run energy giant Petrobras funneled kickbacks to officials from political parties.
The US government on Tuesday sued Bank of America for defrauding investors in the sale of $850 million in mortgage-backed securities ahead of the housing bust.
More than 40,000 people massed Tuesday outside Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly to demand the resignation of the government led by the moderate Islamic movement Ennahda.