Even the dire warnings that followed the first round of France’s parliamentary election earlier this month did not convince reluctant voters to head to the polls.
Pope Francis has long railed against corruption and the mafia, but now the Vatican is considering developing a whole doctrine around excommunicating corrupt and mafia-tinged Catholics.
The European Union committed 50 million euros to help the countries of West Africa's Sahel region set up a multinational force to combat Islamist militant groups.
Germany any and Austria condemned a proposed expansion of US sanctions on Russia.
Uncertainty and confusion surrounded the fate of the head of the Islamic State group Friday as Russia announced it may have killed him in an airstrike.