The Brief


Mass Protest in Venezuela Demanding Ouster of President

Anti-government protesters jammed the streets of Venezuela's capital on the heels of a decision by congress to open a trial against President Nicolas Maduro. A police officer was shot and killed, and two others injured, under unclear circumstances


Buildings Crumble as Twin Quakes Rattle Central Italy

A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people

South Africa Saving Species Poachers and Rangers

Wildlife Populations Have Dropped 58% in 40 Years

Global populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles plummeted 58% since 1970, according to the latest Living Planet Report published by WWF. If trends continue the world could be on track to lose more than two-thirds of wildlife by 2020

APTOPIX France Migrants

France Says 'the Jungle' Refugee Camp Is Empty

The grim camp known as "the jungle," a symbol of Europe's failure to come to grips with its crisis over asylum seekers, has gone. French authorities declared they had cleared out the camp after residents were bused away

Donald Trump rally in Sanford, Fla.

Trump Looks Beyond Election

Donald Trump is still running for president. But he is also doing a lot of other things. The candidate left the campaign trail at a critical time to promote his new D.C. hotel, one of many times he's used the campaign spotlight for self-promotion

Oil Pipeline Protest

Tense Standoff at Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp

The prospect of a police raid on an encampment protesting the Dakota Access pipeline faded as night fell with law enforcement making no immediate move after protesters rejected their request to withdraw from private land

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Presser

U.S. and Britain Pledge to Deploy Forces to Eastern Europe

NATO allies including the U.S., Britain and Canada pledged to deploy forces in Eastern Europe amid escalating tensions with Russia. Britain announced it would send fighter jets to Romania in 2017, while the U.S. promised tanks, artillery and 900 troops

Wild bull elk

First Elk Spotted in South Carolina Since 1700s

A wild elk has been spotted in South Carolina for the first time in 275 years, officials say. The bull elk was likely kicked out of a re-established herd by dominant males in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee