Tens of thousands of children and teenagers have crossed the the Mexican border into the United States. But arrival means their struggle has just begun - toward their goal of legal residency in the "land of the free."
The execution of convicted murderer Joseph Wood in Phoenix lasted almost two hours. His lawyer filed emergency appeals, saying his client was "gasping and snorting." The state's governor pledged an investigation.
US authorities say an 89-year-old man who was a SS guard at Auschwitz in 1944 has died in Philadelphia while facing extradition to Germany for trial. Johann Breyer had been arrested in June.
Police in Alicante have seized a 40-year-old believed to be the head of a Colombian drug cartel's military wing. Hernan Alonso Villa, known as "El Raton" (the mouse), is wanted in Colombia on murder charges, and others.
A controversial new law permitting private investment in Mexico's long-nationalized oil sector has been passed by the Mexican Senate, reports say. The government hopes the move will boost oil and gas production.
Google revenues rose strongly in the second quarter, driven by an increase in the number of paid clicks on ads, and profits per share were also up year-on-year. Analysts see promise in Google's 'moonshot' technologies.
Bolivia has lowered the age limit to work to 10 years – the lowest in the world. The measure is intended to help combat extreme poverty in the South American country, but it also violates international treaties.
A federal judge has ruled that California's death penalty is unconstitutional. Executions have been on hold in California since 2006 due to concerns that inmates suffer extreme pain from lethal injection.
A World Cup ticketing executive accused of ticket fraud has turned himself in after going missing during a police investigation. Ray Whelan faces a string of allegations over illegal price mark-ups.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a nuclear energy cooperation deal with Argentina during his tour of Latin America. He called Buenos Aires one of Russia's most strategically important allies in the region.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has kicked off a six-day tour of Latin America by visiting Cuba. During his stop in Havana, Putin met not just with Cuban President Raul Castro, but also his older brother Fidel.
Doctors in the US have found that a girl thought to have been cured of an HIV infection still harbors the AIDS virus. The four-year-old, who had appeared to no longer need treatment, is now back on retroviral drugs.
US President Obama has signed into law expanded whistleblower protections that cover intelligence agents for the first time. But the protections still do not apply to contractors, such as ex-NSA analyst Edward Snowden.
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