The United States’ espionage chiefs have said spying on allies is necessary and the collection of millions of European phone records was conducted with the help of European governments.
US President Barack Obama says he has ordered a review of the way US spy agencies gather intelligence. It follows a string of embarrassing revelations which include bugging millions of phone calls.France, Germany and Spain are some of the countries now seeking explanations.
At least five people were killed and thousands suffered power cuts after clashes and reprisals between Mexican vigilantes and members of a drug cartel known as the Knights Templar.
The head of the the US Senate's Intelligence Committee has called for a "total review of all intelligence programmes" after reports that American spies eavesdropped on German chancellor Angela Merkel.
A New York woman and her four young children were hacked to death with a meat cleaver in their Brooklyn home, and the father's cousin has been charged with their murders, the police have said.
Argentina's ailing president has suffered a blow in mid-term elections, losing her majority in Congress and ending chances of a constitutional change to allow her a third term.
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.
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