The Eurovision winner is adamant he's no homophobe, and Russia may be glad he won.
The mayoral race is down to a pair of self-styled "little grandmothers" who are poles apart in their politics but equally tenacious and astute.
Anti-poverty activist elected as mayor of Barcelona; the ruling right-wing People's Party was battered at the ballot box.
The euro leapt, Greek bond yields fell, but nothing actually changed in another day of talks with international creditors.
More than 1 100 people have died in a major heatwave sweeping India, with temperatures nearing 50°C in some areas.
More than half the countries in the world are currently generating Islamist extremist fighters for groups such as Al-qaeda and Isis, the UN has said.
Police have opened a homicide investigation into the death of BB King following accusations that he was poisoned.
A Chinese state-owned newspaper has warned the US that their continued resistance to the building of artificial islands will lead to a full-blown war.
John Nash, the Nobel Prize winner whose longtime struggle with mental illness inspired the movie "A Beautiful Mind", was killed in a car crash Sunday.
Washington's envoy will have to straddle a tightrope in the delicate process to end civil war.
Under a new law, international organisations deemed to be unfriendly can be banned and Russians linked to them can be fined and jailed.
A three-month pilot scheme would have imposed strict new controls on thousands of Palestinians with permits to work in Israel,
The mainland's control of bookshops and media outlets has led to soft censorship and restrictions on what people can read in Hong Kong.
The left-wing Podemos party neglected the 'indignados' and faces stagnant elections.
Myanmar, the US and Southeast Asian envoys are preparing for talks, following Malaysia's announcement that it would assist migrants stranded at sea.
Greece will not be able to pay the International Monetary Fund on June 5 unless foreign lenders disburse more aid to the debt-ridden country.
A Colombian landslide has wiped everything in its wake, nearly obliterating the small town of Santa Margarita.
The EU is considering fielding a naval force to deal with increasingly deadly Mediterranean crossings, but the plan would have to favour with the UN.
Enough documentary evidence has been accumulated to prosecute the Syrian president.