Brazil's attorney general has asked for a probe into more than 50 people presently immune from investigation. Lawmakers are accused of taking corporate kickbacks for lucrative contracts with state oil giant Petrobras.
An investigation into Ferguson police in the US state of Missouri has found patterns of racial discrimination. A scathing report on the findings is expected to be released by the US Justice Department this week.
Communities around the Villarrica volcano in southern Chile have been forced to flee, after the peak's first eruption in 15 years sent ash and lava into the air. The volcano is one of South America's most active.
In a controversial speech to US lawmakers, Israeli PM Netanyahu cautioned that the proposed deal with Iran would not stop or slow down its production of nuclear bombs. In fact, it would do the opposite, he argued.
Former CIA director David Petraeus has signed a plea deal and admitted to mishandling classified materials. The case arose from an affair with his biographer.
Conservative retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson says he is thinking about running as a Republican candidate for the White House in 2016. The political newcomer has created a committee that will help him raise funds.
Unyielding support for Israel has long been a bipartisan pillar of US foreign policy. But Prime Minister Netanyahu's planned address to Congress has further strained his already tense relationship with the White House.
Top US diplomat John Kerry has begun talks on the Ukraine conflict with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. Kerry will also push for a 'credible' inquiry into the death of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.
Immigration officials in the US are preparing to deport at least 150 Bosnians suspected of "ethnic cleansing" during the Balkan conflict in the 1990s. The number of suspects could top 600, the New York Times reported.
Caracas has announced mandatory visas for US citizens wanting to enter Venezuela. The new system is a method to "control" US interference, the government said.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has met with 14-year-old Valentina Maureira who has pleaded to let doctors euthanize her. The teenager was suffering from cystic fibrosis.
The US Congress has passed a one-week funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security. The vote came just hours before the department faced a partial shutdown.
Senators in the US avoided a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security at midnight by extending funding for a week. The department manages borders, coastlines and oversees anti-terror initiatives.
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