Though the big rallies might have stopped, they have not given up voicing their opposition to Putin's government.
Violence escalates in Belfast as many in impoverished areas feel left behind by the peace process.
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Russia is fretting over several issues, including the detention of its citizens by the United States in Guantanamo Bay.
Greece's growing chain of detention camps for undocumented migrants draws strong criticism from the United Nations.
Polling data suggest a high percentage of uniformed officers voted for the far-right Golden Dawn party.
Questions about economy, EU membership and even its footballers loom as independence becomes a possibility.
Our correspondent admits to growing sense of unease as a seemingly endless round of protests continue in Greek capital.
Voters are trying hard to prevent a repeat of electoral fraud that had sparked the Orange Revolution in 2004.
Ten years on from event still shrouded in mystery, Russia's authorities believe there are no more questions to answer.