Hundreds of Ghanaian Muslims who entered Brazil as tourists for the World Cup have asked for asylum on religious grounds, police have said.
An online magazine has reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI covertly scanned the emails of five prominent Muslim-Americans under the US government's secret surveillance programme aimed at national security threats.
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his conviction on bribery, money laundering and other corruption offences.
Brazilian fans and protesters, unhappy over Brazil's 7-1 World Cup defeat against Germany, have taken to the streets of Sao Paulo and burned at least 20 buses, as police ramp up security for Wednesday's semi-final.
El Salvador's president has turned his official residence, a palatial building in a wealthy area of the capital San Salvador, into a museum and arts centre for the poor and disadvantaged.
The United States has called for speedy investigation of an incident in which a 15-year-old American of Palestinian descent appeared to have been badly beaten by Israeli paramilitary police during riots in East Jerusalem.
Bolivian politicians have approved child workers as young as 10 years old, under a new law that lays out specific conditions for their employment.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is investigating footage that shows one of its officers straddling a woman and repeatedly punching her in the head as she lies on the hard shoulder of a Los Angeles highway.
An unfinished overpass has collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte, killing at least two people, emergency officials have said.
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