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Venezuelan Government Allows Security Forces To Use Deadly Force On Demonstrators If They Feel In Mortal Danger

Venezuelan authorities have passed regulations that would allow soldiers to open fire on protesters if they feel their lives are at risk.

Russia Working To Make Military Invincible, Says Rearmament Of Nuclear Forces Top Priority

Russia’s Defense Ministry announced Friday that the government will work for the reinforcement of the country’s military, with more focus on the rearmament of nuclear deterrence forces, so that the Western powers cannot outclass Russia in military capabilities.

Ohio To Delay All 2015 Executions; Tries To Secure New Drugs

Ohio will postpone all six executions scheduled for 2015 as it tries to secure a new supply of drugs and prepare a new procedure for executions following criticism, the state’s prison department said Friday.

Chuck Hagel: US Ground Troops Could Be Needed In Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview on Friday the United States might eventually need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help turn back Islamic State forces.

Hagel, who announced his resignation under pressure in November, told CNN all options must be considered in Iraq, including sending troops for non-combat roles such as gathering intelligence and locating Islamic State targets.

ISIS Hostage Update: Negotiations With Islamic State ‘Deadlocked;’ Kenji Goto, Muath Al-Kaseasbeh's Fate Unclear

Japan’s negotiations with the Islamic State group, who are threatening to execute a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot, have become “deadlocked,” Japan’s deputy foreign minister said, according to a local media report on Saturday. ISIS is seeking the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, a female suicide bomber who attacked a hotel in Jordan in 2005, for the lives of Kenji Goto and Muath al-Kaseasbeh.

NY Couple Who Kept A Partially Paralyzed Woman Captive And Physically Abused Her, Jailed For Over 10 Years

A couple from New York City was sentenced to over a decade in prison, after held a a partially paralyzed woman captive for over a year, took control of her finances and physicall abused her. The pair had faced possible life sentences, but pled guilty in a plea deal reached with prosecutors.

India Successfully Tests Nuclear-Capable Long-Range Agni-5 Missile

India on Saturday successfully test-fired “Agni-5” -- the country’s longest-range surface-to-surface Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) -- off the coast of the eastern state of Odisha, according to media reports.  This is the third successful test-firing of the 50-tonne missile, which has a range of over 3,100 miles.

Venezuela’s Military Shot Down Civilian Plane Near Aruba, Officials Confirm

Venezuelan officials confirmed Friday that one of the country’s military aircraft shot down a small civilian plane that was carrying drugs and ignored communications. The U.S-licensed plane crashed a day earlier near the island of Aruba, which is about 20 miles off Venezuela’s Caribbean coast.

38 Arrests In Vienna At Protest Against Far Right "Academics' Ball

Police in Vienna, Austria arrested dozens of protesters Friday, as thousands demonstrated against a controversial annual ball organized by right-wing politicians.

The demonstrators gathered in central Vienna to protest the “Akademikerball” (“Academics’ Ball") at a former imperial palace. In recent years, the ball has become an annual site of conflict with its leftist opponents.

Israel's US Ambassador Ron Dermer Denies Responsibility For Diplomatic Spat Over Netanyahu Visit

Israel's ambassador to the U.S. denied responsibility Friday for a diplomatic row that has erupted over an upcoming visit by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, saying that Republican leaders who issued his invitation should have informed the White House.

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