Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the fatal shooting of an opposition leader appeared to be a gangland score-settling, dismissing claims it was politically motivated ahead of elections. An attacker shot Luis Manuel Diaz dead on Wednesday evening in the central Guarico region at a campaign rally for the December 6 legislative elections, party officials said, ratcheting up fears that violence could erupt in the lead-up to the polls. The event was also attended by Lilian Tintori, the wife of a jailed opposition leader and a high-profile critic of Maduro.
New York is reassuring tourists that America's biggest city is safe as it prepares to welcome more than five million visitors for the busy holiday season after the Paris attacks. After the Paris attacks on November 13, an Islamic State group propaganda video broadcast images of New York from Times Square. Despite what he calls a "sprinkling of a few cancellations," he is still encouraging people to visit the metropolis for the "magical holiday season" that lasts through December until New Year.
Six years after a fiasco in Copenhagen and a year before he leaves office, a Paris summit offers Barack Obama the chance to make his mark in the fight against climate change. In December 2009, Obama left the Danish capital after signing on to a hastily issued statement by leaders hoping to save face. A deal to slow global warming seems to be within reach, even if it is less ambitious and less far reaching than first hoped.