Wilfires that ravaged parts of the Mediterranean this week began to abate on Saturday. The majority of the fires in France and Spain are now reportedly under control. At least eight people, including six firefighters, have been killed in the blazes.
In the wake of the global credit crisis, Iceland has reconsidered its position regarding the EU and is now actively pursuing membership. However, to become part of the club, the island would have to give up its whaling tradition.
Europe remains in the grip of deadly wildfires that have resulted in the deaths of five firefighters in Spain, and a further two in Italy. In France, a fire started when the Army used incendiary tracer rounds during a military exercise.
Three prisoners have broken out of a Belgian jail in broad daylight using a hijacked helicopter. Officials said one of the accomplices was forced to stay behind because there was not enough space in the helicopter.
US Vice President Joe Biden said to Georgian lawmakers on Thursday that Washington would support Georgian accession to NATO, and that the US did not recognise the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent nations.
PM Silvio Berlusconi has launched a fightback against his critics following the release of recordings which appear to indicate that Berlusconi had a liaison with a call girl. However, the Italian leader did not deny that the recordings were real.