Brazil Fire

Grief turns to anger after Brazil club fire; band in custody

Relatives of the 231 people who died in a Brazilian nightclub fire demanded answers on Monday as to how it could have killed so many people, while police questioned the club's owner and members of the band whose pyrotechnics show allegedly caused the tragedy.

Cuban hospital carefully guards Hugo Chavez's privacy

You would never guess that one of the world's most famous heads of state, Venezuelan president and self-proclaimed revolutionary Hugo Chavez, is battling cancer at Havana's Center for Medical-Surgical Research (CIMEQ).

Exclusive: Deforestation appears to rise again in Brazil's Amazon

After years of gains against destruction of the Amazon rainforest, Brazil appears to be suffering from an increase in deforestation as farmers, loggers, miners and builders move into previously untouched woodland, according to data compiled by the government and independent researchers.
Dianne Feinstein

Assault Weapons Ban Announced In Congress; Faces Uphill Battle

(Reuters) - A top Democratic lawmaker tried on Thursday to revive a U.S. assault-weapons ban, riding a wave of support for gun control after the killing of 20 children and six adults at a school in Connecticut last month. Senator Dianne Feinstein and several other Democrats said they were introducing a bill to ban semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. It faces stiff opposition in Congress as well as from the National Rifle Association, the main U.S. lobby for gun manufacturers, and from many Americans.
Florence Cassez

Frenchwoman Freed From Mexico Jail Hails Sarkozy As Savior

A Frenchwoman released early from a 60-year Mexican jail term for kidnapping said former President Nicolas Sarkozy had saved her life by backing her case, as she arrived back in France on Thursday.
Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro

Exclusive: Brazil Wants Venezuela Election If Chavez Dies - Sources

Brazil is urging Venezuela's government to hold elections as quickly as possible if President Hugo Chavez dies, senior officials told Reuters on Monday, a major intervention by Latin America's regional powerhouse that could help ensure a smoother leadership transition in Caracas.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto

Mexican President Vows To End Hunger For Millions

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto launched a campaign against hunger on Monday, pledging to transform the lives of nearly 7.5 million of the country's poorest, though he gave few details, prompting criticism that the plan was a "rehash" of old policies.
Tony Gonzalez

Falcons' Gonzalez Bows Out With Sadness But No Regrets

Tony Gonzalez's dream of ending his career with a Super Bowl vanished as the tight end's Atlanta Falcons fell victim to a record comeback by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game on Sunday.
baby, breathing

Breathing Program May Help Save Newborns' Lives

Training midwives and other birth attendants to help babies start breathing immediately after birth may prevent stillbirths and newborn deaths in the developing world.
Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto

Mexico to track drug war victims, compensate families

Mexico's new government on Wednesday introduced a long-delayed law to trace victims of a brutal drug war that has killed an estimated 70,000 people in six years, and compensate the families of those deemed innocent.
12-gauge shotgun

Pro-gun activists plan rallies to oppose Obama's proposals

Angered and afraid that President Barack Obama's proposals to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are a ploy to strip them of their right to own weapons, pro-gun activists plan to rally across America on Saturday.
Dr. Millie Marie Tolentino

Governors in 22 states back expanded Medicaid plan

At least 22 governors, including four Republicans, support an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, while others are expected to decide in the coming weeks, experts said on Wednesday.