The United States may have bugged German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone for more than 10 years, according to a news report by the German magazine Der Spiegel.
Police say a person of interest has been taken into custody in the deaths of four children and a 37-year-old woman who were stabbed at a house in New York borough of Brooklyn.
Thousands of protesters have marched on the Capitol Hill in Washington to protest against the US government's online surveillance programmes seen as encroaching on private life.
Colombia's FARC fighters have freed a former US marine, Kevin Scott Sutay, who was kidnapped in June while he trekked through the jungle in a known guerrilla area, the US State Department has said.
Germany and Brazil are working on a UN General Assembly resolution to highlight international anger at US data spying in other countries, diplomats have said.
Demonstrators protesting against São Paulo bus fares vandalised turnstiles and ATMs and set buses on fire at the city's main station, after a peaceful protest turned violent.
Lawyers for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged with plotting the September 11, 2001, attacks have asked US President Barack Obama to declassify the CIA programme that subjected the defendants to interrogation techniques that have been described as torture.
A powerful blast has rocked a US-owned sweets factory in northern Mexico, killing at least one person and injuring dozens more, officials said.
An archaeological site in the midst of Peru's bustling capital has yielded yet another pre-Incan discovery, an undisturbed Wari tomb containing two corpses wrapped in ceremonial fabric.
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