The newly formed opposition coalition says the fraudulent election is rigged by officials loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro, who accuses US of pressuring the UN to disregard his request of sending an observer mission for May 20 polls.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says Washington is prepared to act if the Security Council fails to prevent the Syrian regime's chemical attacks, which are killing and wounding civilians.
Demonstrations and rallies are being held across several countries as the world celebrates International Women's Day with the theme #PressforProgress.
At least 45 civilians, including four children killed in rebel-enclave near Damascus on Wednesday by regime air strikes, bringing the death toll in more than two weeks of bombing to 850 civilians.
Thousands of people are trapped and are huddling in basements and underground shelters across the sprawling eastern Ghouta region, hiding as bombs rain down on them from the Syrian regime offensive.
Friday's attacks in Ouagadougou on the French embassy and the country's military HQ left 12 people seriously injured while eight assailants were killed, along with the soldiers. A Mali-based affiliate of al Qaeda claimed responsibility.
Hundreds killed, including women and children, in one week as Syrian regime forces and its allies carried out the heaviest bombardment of the year in Syria's rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta.
The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria "without delay" to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded.
Almost 400 people have been killed in the past few days as bombs rained down on the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta. Some 390,000 civilians are trapped in their houses, and water, food and electricity supplies have run out.
President Abdulla Yameen has declared a 15-day state of emergency, deepening a political crisis in the Maldives that has pitted its leader against the nation's top court.
Tens of thousands have died and nearly four million South Sudanese have been driven from their homes as warring parties continue to tear apart the fledgeling country which gained independence in 2011.
Western powers and some Arab states believe Sochi is an attempt to create a separate peace process that would undermine the United Nations' efforts.
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