US President Barack Obama has issued an executive order which will allow economic sanctions on US and foreign hackers. The move will enable authorities to punish individuals, as well as entities engaged in cyber attacks.
At least four people died after a fire erupted on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Some 300 people have been evacuated as firefighters battle to extinguish the blaze, according to Mexico's Pemex energy company.
The grandson of one-time richest American J. Paul Getty has died at his home in Hollywood Hills. The police have said there are not yet signs of foul play, but they have not ruled out a criminal act.
Transportation unions in Argentina have organized a strike, calling on the government to reduce income tax for lower paid workers. The action brought cities to a halt.
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.
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