Venezuela's president knows domestic pressure is mounting, and the political cost of his absence is becoming too high.
Nearly 120 million Brazilians identify themselves as Catholic, but interest in the church is in sharp decline.
Healthy food is expensive and unhealthy food cheap, partly due to US government policy and deep-pocketed lobbyists.
Obama's push to fix the US immigration system is receiving a little help from his usual political enemies.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has completed the first week in his new job.
The United States pushes for greater access to distribute humanitarian aid to Syrians displaced by the fighting.
The Boy Scouts of America says it needs more time to review whether or not to end a controversial ban on gay members.
Violent video games have become part of the debate over gun control in the United States.
The horrific nightclub fire in Brazil's Santa Maria has led to a public outcry - but will it amount to anything?
The upcoming Senate hearing is the first in what is expected to be a long and arduous process as the gun control
Top US diplomat ends four-year tenure, handing over reins to Senator John Kerry.