French lawmakers have approved a bill to let intelligence services deploy fly-on-the-wall spying devices more easily against suspected terrorists after Islamist militant attacks killed 17 people in January.
Syrian government forces are targeting civilians in barrel bomb attacks in Aleppo that have forced hospitals and schools to move underground, Amnesty International has said, describing the bombings as "crimes against humanity".
Dozens of passengers in a crowded rubber boat fell into the sea and may have drowned as a rescue vessel neared, survivors reported as they arrived in Italy to join thousands of other migrants rescued in the Mediterranean in recent days.
Greece's debt talks with international creditors are making progress but have not yet produced a breakthrough, Austrian Finance Minister Hans Joerg Schelling has said, adding he could not tell if a deal was in reach next week.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended Germany's BND intelligence agency against accusations it violated laws by helping the US spy on officials and firms in Europe and said her office would cooperate fully with a parliamentary investigation.