Convicted opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was allowed only one witness in a trial for inciting violence. Government witnesses numbered nearly 100.
The Syrian president's visit to Moscow, his first known visit abroad since the civil war began, indicates confidence in how the conflict is developing now that Russia has entered the fray.
The group Abu Sayyaf may be responsible for the kidnapping of two Canadians, a Filipino, and a Norwegian in the troubled southern region of the country.
The US airstrike on the Afghan hospital in which 22 people were killed has prompted Doctors Without Borders to call for an investigation into possible war crimes.
The satirical play, running for six weeks in Mexico City, takes the GOP presidential candidate to task for his anti-Mexican and anti-Hispanic comments.
The Mexican government had touted the effectiveness of its security initiatives. But homicides have climbed since January, with a particularly sharp spike in Mexico City.
Regional leaders appear to have clinched a deal between feuding military factions and restored the rule of civilian President Michel Kafando ahead of presidential elections due next month.
At least 17 were killed in the attack, making it the deadliest Taliban strike since miliants killed at least 20 people in a Shiite mosque in February.