A forensic official in Honduras says a fire that swept through a prison has killed at least 272 inmates.
Cuba is ready to launch commercial oil drilling in the "Exclusive Economic Zone" exploration field in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sharks killed twice as many swimmers and surfers last year than in 2010, with the increase due largely to a growth in tourism and changing shark patterns.
Whitney Houston's body was headed to her home state of New Jersey late on Monday for a funeral to be held at week's end.
The Pentagon is planning its first defense budget cutbacks since the attacks of Sept 11, 2001.
The body of pop singer Whitney Houston was flown out of a Los Angeles airport on Monday, reportedly heading home to New Jersey for funeral services.
President Barack Obama called on Monday for new spending to boost growth and higher taxes on the rich, laying out an election-year vision for America.
Obama stressed that cutting the government's deficit should not hamper investment on key areas that were critical to the nation's sustainable growth.
Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has no sign of the throat cancer he was treated for, doctors said Sunday.
Musicians, producers and fans on Sunday paid tribute to US soul diva Whitney Houston, hailing her as an inspirational figure.
Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro held his second lengthy public event in a week, this time a nine-hour session with writers and intellectuals.
Reactions on Whitney Houston's death from the music industry via statement, Twitter or to Reuters.