Germany's Bundesrat upper house of parliament has endorsed asylum law changes. Former war-torn Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia have been declared safe, making it easier for German authorities to send back asylum-seekers.
European Union leaders have welcomed Scotland's rejection of a referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. The decision has eased fears of growing separatist sentiment in the bloc.
For the first time in six months, opposition groups in Russia want to demonstrate against the Kremlin's Ukraine policies and Moscow's propaganda machine. Observers on the ground look at the potential for protest.
This year’s Oktoberfest has started. Our reporter Annabelle Steffes is on location in Munich – follow her experiences in our live blog.