As Greece’s economy and the euro continue to struggle, regular Greeks are increasingly taking matters into their own hands, creating informal underground barter markets and even alternative currencies. And the government is actually encouraging it.

The 20-year-old victim of a murder perpetrated in October, 2010 might have been the first white British native to suffer Islam’s ultimate penalty — an "honor" killing — London’s Daily Mail reported last week.

Following a series of deadly shootings targeting French soldiers last week, a gunman opened fire outside of a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, on Monday morning, killing four and seriously wounding at least two others, according to officials cited news reports. The attacker is believed to have fled on a motorbike.

Rather than merely calling Vladimir Putin on the telephone to congratulate him on his March 4 election victory for a new term as president of Russia, Silvio Berlusconi hopped in his jet and headed for Sochi, the Russian resort town that will be the site for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Italian billionaire and media mogul, who resigned his position as Italy’s prime minister last November, is embroiled in legal battles over charges of bribery, corruption, illegal wiretapping, and sex with an underage prostitute, but those concerns took back burner to his party time with Putin.

crucifixBritain’s government will take its assault on the Christian faith to a new level when it argues before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, that Christians do not have a right to wear a crucifix openly at work.

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