A Russian court has handed down $13,000 worth of fines against the election monitor Golos, in the first ruling under a new "foreign agent" law that observers say will lead to the closure of many organisations across the country.
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has begun his first nationwide phone-in with Russians since returning to the Kremlin for a third term to answer wide-ranging questions for several hours.
Britain has signed a new legal treaty with Jordan in the hope of being able to deport a cleric accused of being Osama bin Laden's "right-hand man in Europe" later this year, the interior minister has said.
The Kurdish rebel group the PKK has announced it will withdraw its thousands of fighters from Turkey starting on May 8.
Serbia's nationalist President Tomislav Nikolic has personally apologised for the first time for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslims, but stopped short of calling it genocide.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has nominated centre-left deputy leader Enrico Letta to form a new government, since elections in the euro zone's third largest economy in February.
The trial has resumed in the case against a Russian opposition leader who led protests against President Vladimir Putin and exposed alleged corruption in his government.
France's parliament on Tuesday defied months of protests by approving a bill that would make France the 14th country legalising same-sex marriages.
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