Brazil: Protests continue as Lula is sworn in as Chief of Staff

Demonstrations rumbled for the second straight night in Sao Paulo and Brasilia on 17 March, after leftist former leader Luiz Inacio ‘Lula’ da Silva was sworn in as President Dilma Rousseffs chief of staff and a judge sought to block the move. Protesters filled the streets of Sao Paulos main avenue in anger that Lulas appointment will shield the former president from prosecutors who have charged him with money laundering and fraud as part of a sweeping graft probe centred on state oil company Petrobras. Mar 18, 2016

Isis: John Kerry says Daesh has committed genocide

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday declared that violence by Islamic State (Isis) against religious minorities was genocide, saying the United States would do everything it could to hold the militant group accountable. Mar 17, 2016

Ted Cruz reaches out to Marco Rubio supporters as Republican race narrows

The Republican presidential race narrowed to three candidates: businessman Donald Trump, US Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich after Marco Rubio suspended his campaign on 15 March. Cruz, a conservative US senator from Texas, reached out to Rubios supporters during a rally in Houston. Cruz said Rubio ran a a strong, optimistic, positive campaign. Mar 16, 2016