Voices President Obama urged members of Congress to make 2014 a 'year of action' in his State of the Union address

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Carolina Spear (left), sister, and Ingeborg Mootz de Spear (centre) mother of late Venezuelan model Monica Spear, head for the chapel in a cemetery east of Caracas

Stolen camera helps trace new suspects for murder of former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear

A digital camera stolen from murdered former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear has led to the arrest of seven people, according to police.

Monica Spear being crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004.

Monica Spear: Teenagers among suspects arrested for murder of former Miss Venezuela and British ex-husband

Monica Spear and Thomas Henry Berry were killed in front of their five-year-old daughter who was injured in the attack

London has come top in a study of the world's most expensive cities to live in.

London comes top in study of the world's most expensive cities to live in

Factors including rent and travel take their toll on the pockets of Londoners

Europe challenge to profits at Ford

The tough economic environment in Europe, along with pressures in South America, have put Ford's goals for its margins at risk, while a string of new product launches are likely to hit the automotive giant's profits next year.

Cuban leader Fidel Castro, right, talks with Spanish journalist, writer and former editor-in-chief of Le Monde diplomatique, Ignacio Ramonet in Havana, Cuba

Castro ‘in good health’, says Spanish reporter

Fidel Castro was “healthy and alert” during a two-hour discussion about current affairs last week, a Spanish journalist told the Associated Press on Monday.

Spies like us: Claire Danes and Damian Lewis as Carrie and Brody in Homeland

Homeland accused of damaging relations between 'hostile' US and depicted countries

Iran, Lebanon and Venezuela have criticised 'poisonous' producers

Air France plane to Paris grounded in Venezuela following terrorist bomb threat

Security services received intelligence of plans to blow up a flight between Caracas and Paris

The Teknik Perdana was looking for oil off the coast of Guyana

Two British scientists on vessel held under 'ship arrest' by Venezuela in territorial dispute with Guyana

Two Britons are believed to be among the crew of a seismic research vessel under effective “ship arrest” today after becoming snarled in a territorial dispute that flared over the weekend between Venezuela and neighbouring Guyana, which dates back over a 100 years to when Guyana was under British control.

Indyplus video: Kidnapping in Venezuela

Kidnapping in Caracas is one of Venezuela's top worrying problems as the capital has become increasingly dangerous. The gangs manage to abduct civilians in a strategy that lasts just seconds.

Watch a couple of examples below caught on CCTV camera:

Nicolas Maduro delivers his speech at the National Assembly in Caracas

President Nicolas Maduro seeks to rule Venezuela by decree

The successor to Hugo Chavez blames US ‘sabotage’ as corruption soars and economy slips towards chaos

Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner takes month off due to brain condition

Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been forced to take a month off following the diagnosis of a brain condition.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro expels top US diplomat

US Embassy denies accusations that its staff 'conspired' with South American country's 'extreme right'

US daredevil films 100mph flight through 4-metre-wide mountain valley in a wing suit

Wingman Jeb Corliss calls it 'the hardest thing I've ever done'

French Interior minister Manuel Valls behind cocaine seized by police from an Air France flight to Paris

Three Britons arrested in connection with cocaine drugs haul found on Air France plane

Three Britons are among nine people who have been arrested after 1.3 tons of cocaine were found stashed inside suitcases bound from Venezuela to France.

Interior minister Manuel Valls with some of the drugs haul

Record 1.3 tonne cocaine haul seized on Air France plane to Paris

The drugs were reportedly destined for the Calabrian Mafia

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