The US state of Indiana has come under fire this week for a law activists say promotes discrimination based on sexuality. Despite the intense backlash, other states are considering similar legislation.
A young South African comedian will take the helm of one of America's most influential satirical news shows, The Daily Show. Trevor Noah, 31, will replace Jon Stewart, who has hosted for 16 years.
An appeals court has upheld a former ruling dismissing a case against President Cristina Kirchner and her aides. They have now been cleared of covering up Iran's alleged involvement in a 1994 terrorist attack.
A federal watchdog has said drug cartels paid for prostitutes for US drug enforcement agents overseas. The report accuses a number of US law enforcement agencies of other sexually related misdemeanors.
An apartment building has collapsed in New York City and burst into flames. Initial reports say 19 people were hurt, four of them critically. Officials say they're checking the possibility of a gas explosion.
A fire has engulfed a commercial and residential block in New York City's East Village. Images on Twitter appear to show a partial building collapse.
Reversing earlier plans, president Obama has agreed to extend current US troop levels in Afghanistan through 2015. The Taliban insurgency caused more than 10,000 casualties in 2014 alone.
Canada is set to extend and expand its military mission against "Islamic State" fighters, possibly to include airstrikes in Syria. Until now, Canadian jets have only hit militant positions in northern Iraq.
The Brazilian government is probing a Germany-based firm over allegations of bribery in connection with 7.1 million euros worth of World Cup 2014 contracts. The firm says it's investigating.
Utah has become the only US state to restore firing squad executions. The move comes after a series of botched executions in several states appeared to cause condemned inmates prolonged pain and suffering.
Brazil's ruling Workers Party treasurer Joao Vaccari has been ensnared by the ongoing scandal at state oil giant Petrobras. President Dilma Rouseff has seen her popularity plummet as the affair unfolds.
Berlin-born woman Debra Milke has been freed from death row in the US after more than 20 years for the killing of her young son. A judge dismissed the case against Milke after prosecutors lost their last appeal.
In the depths of Argentina's rainforest, archaeologists have discovered what they believe to be a Nazi hideout, built during the Second World War. But lack of evidence has historians questioning the authenticity.
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