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Latin America

Fears of violence at rival rallies in Venezuela

Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's president, has again accused the US and the opposition of plotting a coup. And he has responded by increasing the number of pro-government armed civilians to half a million.

Middle East

Children back to school after ISIL is pushed out of east Mosul

After years of living under ISIL, children in the Iraqi city of Mosul are returning back to school. They live in the eastern party of the city where the armed group has already been pushed out.


China's Ai Weiwei melds art with activism

Determination to speak his mind has gained the artist-cum-activist both followers and detractors.

Middle East

Yemeni civilians caught in Taiz fighting

The province of Taiz has been a focal point of Yemen’s civil war since it began two years ago. It lies between territories held by Houthi rebels in the north and government-controlled areas in the south.

US & Canada

Bob Dylan collects Nobel Prize award

American musician Bob Dylan has finally collected his Nobel Prize for literature in Sweden. The singer missed last year's ceremony, citing previous commitments.

Asia Pacific

Malaysia and North Korea make swap deal after row

Nine Malaysians who were caught up in the diplomatic dispute that followed the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader were released from North Korea.


Egypt: Ex-president Hosni Mubarak freed after six-year detention

Hosni Mubarak has been released from a military hospital after six years in detention. Mubarak was acquitted earlier in March of involvement in the deaths of hundreds of protesters in rallies that ended his 30-year rule.

Latin America

Bolivia approves new bill expanding legal coca production

In Bolivia, a controversial new law has been enacted to boost the production of coca - the plant used to make cocaine. President Evo Morales says more coca is needed for traditional use.