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

Toby the two-nosed dog rescued in California

Toby, a dog with the unusual genetic trait of having two snouts, narrowly avoided death after being caught on the streets of Fresno, California and impounded. However, Todd Ray, who runs the Venice Beach Freak Show, happened to come across a post from an animal shelter and asked about adopting the unusual canine. 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

Dystopian Hong Kong film Ten Years touches nerve with Beijing

Ten Years, a film which portrays a dystopian future Hong Kong under tight Chinese Communist Party control, has been a hit in Hong Kong and abroad, selling out cinemas, sparking discussions and being screened at international film festivals. But Chinese state media has criticised the film and that has aroused new concern about mainland influence over Hong Kong despite a one country, two systems formula meant to preserve the citys autonomy. Mar 17, 2016