Strasbourg (France) (AFP) - A top rights body said Wednesday that France was in violation of a European treaty because it did not fully ban the smacking of children, reigniting debate over the divisive issue.
Caracas (AFP) - Since Hugo Chavez died two years ago, Venezuela's economy has tanked and the government has lurched toward more repressive tactics, triggering nostalgia among the late leftist firebrand's supporters and even his opponents.
Seoul (AFP) - The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was injured in an attack by a blade-wielding assailant Thursday in Seoul, police and television reports said.
Boston (AFP) - Lawyers for the student on trial for the Boston marathon bombings bluntly admitted Wednesday that he was responsible for the attacks, but insisted he had been led astray by his brother.
Havana (AFP) - Colombia's FARC rebels called on the government Wednesday to release classified military and intelligence files about the half-century old civil war, saying full disclosure is key to any future reconciliation between the two sides.
Scientists have found that people who closely adhered to a Mediterranean diet were less likely to develop heart disease than those who did not.
Montevideo (AFP) - The government of newly sworn-in Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez is in no hurry to implement his predecessor's controversial world-first law allowing marijuana sales at pharmacies, an official said Wednesday.
Havana (AFP) - The European Union and Cuba resumed negotiations Wednesday in a third round of talks aimed at normalizing relations, as Havana and Washington work through their own historic rapprochement.
An expectant mother has received the devastating news that the pain she thought was caused by the early arrival of her child was in fact bowel cancer.
Warsaw (AFP) - Nearly triple the number of migrants entered the European Union in 2014 compared to the previous year, mainly due to refugees fleeing war in Syria, the bloc's border agency said Wednesday.
A spokesman for the family of a UK nurse who took her own life after the infamous 2Day FM royal hoax wants authorities to "throw the book" at the station.