Republican senators on Thursday temporarily delayed Chuck Hagel’s nomination as President Barack Obama’s next secretary of defence, a bold, rare move that led to Obama accusing the Republicans of playing politics with the nation at war.
Obama presented an ambitious, progressive second-term agenda in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, arguing for bold action to boost the middle class. The president also issued an impassioned call for Congress to enact gun control reform.
A fugitive former Los Angeles police officer, Christopher Dorner, was believed to be in a cabin that burned down on Tuesday, but law enforcement officials could not confirm his death. Dorner was suspected of killing four people.
Residents of northeastern US have begun the back-breaking task of shovelling away as much as a metre of snow after a blizzard hit the region on Friday and Saturday. At least eight deaths were blamed on the storm, including three in Canada.
Against a backdrop of samba rhythms and colourful costumes, partygoers hit the streets of Rio de Janeiro on Friday as the city's carnival was declared officially open. The five-day extravaganza will culminate in parades from Rio's top samba schools.
A record-breaking blizzard hit the northeastern US on Friday and continued into Saturday, plunging thousands of people into darkness, forcing flight cancellations and road closures, and bringing major cities to a virtual standstill.
A Chilean judge has ruled that the body of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda (right) will be exhumed for an autopsy seeking to determine the cause of his death, the Pablo Neruda Foundation announced on Friday.
The White House has said that it will allow certain US lawmakers access to a secret document outlining the use of lethal drone strikes against Americans who conspire with al Qaeda, as the debate over the use of unmanned aircraft heats up.
The notoriously unpredictable Vice President Joe Biden has evolved from an easy target for stand-up comics into one of the most influential vice presidents in US history. France24.com takes a closer look at a politician in his prime.