A newly discovered asteroid flew "close" to Earth this week and is likely to return in 2032, NASA has said.
The US has brought new manslaughter charges against four former Blackwater personnel for a 2007 shooting in Baghdad's Nisour Square that prosecutors say killed 17 unarmed civilians, including women and children.
The United Nations has said that at least 450 civilians may have been killed by US drone strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen, a figure which the US has previously downplayed.
Saudi Arabia, Chad and Nigeria were elected by the UN General Assembly to serve a two-year term on the UN Security Council as human rights groups called for all three countries to improve their records.
Hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers have begun returning to work across the US after 16 days of partial government shutdown following the passing of a fiscal deal by the Congress.
Police and small groups of protesters have clashed in Brazil's two biggest cities at the end of peaceful demonstrations demanding better pay for teachers and affordable housing.
US Senate leaders are racing to strike a last-minute deal to avert a historic lapse in the government's borrowing authority, a breach that could lead to default and deliver a damaging blow to the global economy.
House Republican efforts to pass legislation averting a US debt default and ending a partial government shutdown have collapsed, and a top ratings firm warned of a possible downgrade in the country's creditworthiness.
An alleged senior al-Qaeda figure captured in Libya has pleaded not guilty in a US federal court to allegations he was involved in the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Kenya.
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|Timothy V. Gatto|