Tens of thousands of people converged on Spain's capital Madrid to protest against a swathe of crippling government austerity measures. The measures have been designed to avert the need for a European bailout. The protests came as the Spanish government considered accepting a full-blown bailout from the European Union and international lenders to save it from bankruptcy.
The Russian parliament has said it will support the inclusion of Crimea into the Russian Federation. The announcement came a day after Crimean lawmakers voted to hold a referendum in a move to break away from Ukraine.
German President Joachim Gauck is scheduled to visit the site of a town wiped out by German soldiers during WWII. The controversial visit comes amid calls in Greece for more reparation payments.
Australian authorities have located a German backpacker who went missing nearly two weeks ago in the country's northeast. The 26-year-old traveller said he survived the ordeal on a diet of the Outback's finest insects.
Millions will turn to Brazil for this summer's World Cup, where a host of new pop music is set to energize fans. But the richness and social complexities within Brazil's music scene often remain unknown to foreigners.