Opposition activists have erected roadblocks across parts of the capital Caracas, halting transportation in an attempt to escalate the ongoing political standoff.
Arizona's biggest business advocacy group has called on the state's governor to veto a bill that allows business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays.
The US has unveiled plans to cut the army's overall troop numbers as it withdraws from Afghanistan in an austerity drive long predicted by defence officials.
Mexico's most wanted man, drug kingpin Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, has been captured in Mexico in what would mark a major coup in a grisly fight against drug gangs, sources said.
A Saudi detainee at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay has pleaded guilty to plotting with al-Qaeda to blow up a French oil tanker in Yemen in 2002.
Venezuelans are gearing up for a new wave of demonstrations as both supporters of the government and opposition stage major rallies in a country that has been roiled by violence in recent days.
United States President Barack Obama has offered "strong support" for the human rights of Tibetans in a meeting with the region's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators have faced off in streets blocked by burning barricades in several cities in an escalation of protests against President Nicolas Maduro's government.
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