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Brazil's social turmoil over poor public services and endemic political corruption appears to have abated but could flare again during Pope Francis' visit.
The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino's trial opens in Italy on Tuesday.
Former president Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday resigned from France's top constitutional body after it upheld a decision that he had breached official spending limits.
France said on Thursday it was rejecting a request for asylum from fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.
An outspoken Chinese general known for his nationalist views warned India on Thursday against stirring up "new trouble" in a long-running border dispute.
British police said Thursday they were opening their own investigation into the 2007 disappearance of toddler Madeleine McCann in Portugal.
Syrian warplanes bombed the central city of Homs on Thursday, with insurgents and troops battling on the ground as regime forces pressed an assault on rebel-held neighbourhoods.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad accused the West of sending "takfiri terrorist groups" to his country as a way to get rid of them.
North and South Korea agreed Thursday to hold talks about reopening a joint industrial zone which shut down amid high military tensions.
From chickens catapulted across tables to meals dished up with a generous portion of sexual health advice, Bangkok is doing a roaring trade in unusual dining experiences.
About 15,000 people are expected to flock to the Statue of Liberty when it reopens on July 4.
Ten crew members from a Bangladeshi cargo ship were missing Thursday after their vessel capsized in the Andaman Sea, sparking a rescue mission.
India's government has approved a vast food welfare programme targeting the nation's poor as it seeks to increase its popularity before national elections next year.
Thousands have been left homeless in Indonesia's Aceh province after a powerful earthquake killed at least 30 people.
Russia is suspending the launches of Proton rockets after an unmanned rocket carrier exploded on takeoff this week, a source on the Russian Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan said
India's defence minister will lead a high-level delegation to China, the first such trip in seven years, as the two sides ramp up efforts to rebuild trust after a recent flare-up.
Syria's fractious opposition coalition meets under pressure to name a new leader and prove to its Western and Arab backers it can be trusted with advanced weapons.
A two-storey building housing apartments and garment makers has collapsed near Mumbai, killing one person. It's the fifth deadly collapse in the past few months.
Media boss Rupert Murdoch called police investigating his News International journalists a "disgrace" in a secret recording of talks with staff from the Sun newspaper.
Bolivia rejected as unfounded a US request that it extradite fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, saying it made no legal sense as he was not in their territory.
The Philippine military says soldiers killed at least seven communist rebels in clash set off by a tip off from fed-up villagers.
A crocodile bit two fingers off a US tourist's hand after the man apparently pretended to give food to the predator on a golf course.
Trucks blocked highways across Brazil for a second straight day on Wednesday as drivers pressed demands for fuel subsidies, better working conditions, and an end to road tolls.
The US Navy has deployed three additional coastal patrol ships to its Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain, bolstering America's presence in the strategic Gulf.
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