Brasília (AFP) - Brazil's Senate met Wednesday to vote on stripping Dilma Rousseff of the presidency in a traumatic impeachment trial set to end 13 years of leftist rule over Latin America's biggest country. Senators and journalists crammed into the circular, blue carpeted chamber for what were likely to be the final few hours of Rousseff's presidency. Votes were to be cast electronically after procedural questions and brief final presentations by the Supreme Court chief justice and senators.
BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group's spokesman and chief strategist, who laid out the blueprint for the extremist group's attacks against the West, has been killed while overseeing operations in northern Syria, the group has announced.
(Editor's note: This story contains language in the second paragraph that may offend readers recasts with statement from LePage) By Scott Malone (Reuters) - Maine Governor Paul LePage said on Wednesday he will not resign but is seeking spiritual advice on his future after unleashing an obscenity-laden voicemail message on a political rival, as state lawmakers kept the pressure on the Republican to step down. The two-term, famously combative governor apologized for the second day in a row to the people of Maine and to state Representative Drew Gattine after calling the Democrat a "little son-of-a-bitch, socialist cocksucker" in a voicemail message last week that has been widely circulated. "I will not resign," LePage told reporters in his office in the state capital of Augusta, the day after he openly discussed the possibility of resigning in a radio appearance.