German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expressing optimism that a weekend meeting by the rival Social Democrats will lead to coalition talks with her conservatives that could end months of tense political limbo in Europe's leading economy.
Europe's border watchdog says the number of migrants and asylum-seekers coming across the western Mediterranean route to Europe this year is likely to increase, after 2017 closed with more than twice the traffic of the previous year.
Top financial officials in Puerto Rico are offering a peek into why the U.S. territory is mired in an 11-year recession as a federal control board demands more transparency and information about the island's finances.
A German rapper dubbed a “gangsta jihadi” for joining the Islamic State -- where he eventually seduced an FBI translator -- appears to finally have been killed in Syria as a pro-ISIS media group released pictures purportedly showing his bloody
The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant says a long telescopic probe has successfully captured images of some melted fuel inside one of its three damaged reactors, providing crucial information for its cleanup.
Russian President Vladimir Putin continued his tradition of stripping down to the waist in public when he took a dip in the freezing waters of an icy lake to celebrate the Orthodox Christian ritual marking the Epiphany.