US President Barack Obama has said his administration will have to "rethink the range of options" available to Washington if chemical weapons have been used by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president.
A Venezuelan court has charged retired General Antonio Rivero with inciting post-election violence in the latest political flash point in the bitterly divided nation.
Bolivia's constitutional court has said that President Evo Morales can run for a third term in elections set for December 2014.
At least eight people, including the son of an influential Afghan cleric, have been killed and 45 others wounded after a suicide bomber rammed his motorcycle into a bus in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, police say.
President Barack Obama has joked about his plans for a radical second-term evolution from "strapping young Muslim Socialist" to retiree golfer, all with a new hairstyle like that sported by first lady Michelle Obama.
A battle between groups of prisoners has left 13 inmates dead and another 65 injured, according to officials in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi.
Federal agents have arrested a Mississippi martial arts instructor after his home and a former business were searched as part of an investigation into ricin-laced letters sent to Barack Obama, the US president, and two other public officials.
The White House has said it is continuing to study assessments by US spy agencies that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons and will not set a timetable for corroborating reports.
George Jones, the US country singer whose career spanned more than six decades and a string of number one songs, has died at the age of 81 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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