US President Barack Obama has unveiled a landmark decision to tackle climate change. Republicans were quick to criticize, with some saying it would have "devastating consequences" for the US economy.
More than 50 years after losing its status as Brazil's capital, Rio de Janeiro is getting a boost to its confidence thanks to the 2016 Summer Olympics. The city is busy putting on its new best face.
Brazilian police have killed over 1,500 people in the past five years in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games, Amnesty International has said. The rights group added that the deaths are rarely investigated.
Will the Iran nuclear deal strain ties between Saudi Arabia and the US? Hardly. The alliance between the world's largest absolute monarchy and its oldest constitutional republic remains strong, Spencer Kimball reports.
The delights of camping? Even nature-lovers complain there are too many bugs and too few bathrooms. But some US entrepreneurs say there is a niche for a new kind of holistic holiday, writes Teri Schultz from Oregon.
Iraq invaded Kuwait at the beginning of August 1990. The international community responded by launching a military operation. The conflict was quickly resolved, but it had a transformative effect on the Middle East.
US President Obama has released a video highlighting the problems of climate change as he prepares to unveil a major plan to fight global warming. Opponents have said they will immediately contest the plan in court.
Mexican authorities have discovered five bodies with their hands tied and showing apparent signs of torture in a middle-class area of Mexico City. One of the victims was a "self-exiled" photojournalist from Veracruz.
Peruvian security forces have rescued at least seven children and eight adults held by the Maoist "Shining Path" rebels. The children - forced to take up arms upon reaching maturity - were malnourished.
Zimbabwe officials have restricted hunting of lions, leopards and elephants around Hwange National Park, after a tourist killed the park's iconic lion. Another lion in the reserve has also reportedly been poached.
Puerto Rico has failed to make a $58 million bond payment that was due this weekend, the government has said. Its general fund will also run out of liquidity in three months if it fails to reach a deal with creditors.
Oil giant Shell has resumed offshore drilling off the coast of Alaska following a two-day delay by Greenpeace activists. The move marks the first time Shell has conducted exploratory drilling in the Arctic since 2012.
Sensitive information on the University of Connecticut's servers may have been compromised in a cyberattack traced to China. A university official said "these types of attacks are becoming more and more common."
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