Compiled 21:45 GMT
By BARRY MEIER and CLIFFORD KRAUSS
With a major civil trial scheduled to start Monday against BP, federal officials and the five affected Gulf Coast states are trying to pull together to strike an 11th-hour settlement.
By NICHOLAS KULISH
Both candidates in the presidential race have promised to abide by a bailout deal that is widely seen as disastrous for the economy yet unavoidable.
By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
As Italian voters head to the polls on Sunday and Monday to elect the Parliament and three regional governments, the mood is one of anger and disillusionment.
By RACHEL DONADIO
The Vatican called recent speculative reports alleging scandal in the Church "deplorable" as cardinals from around the world arrived for a conclave to elect a new pope.
By STEVEN ERLANGER
Some French citizens of black African ancestry have become more willing to fight under the banner of jihad, according to France's most prominent investigative judge dealing with terrorism.
By CHOE SANG-HUN
North Korea warned that if the United States pressed ahead with joint military exercises with South Korea it could set off a war in which American forces would "meet a miserable destruction."