The Confederate flag is still flying outside the South Carolina State Capitol in Columbia, but the official debate over its fate is just beginning.
In a special session on Monday, South Carolina's Senate voted to remove the Confederate flag that has flown over state capitol grounds since 1961. But the flag will still fly until the proposal passes through the House. - Referenced Article
Bill Cosby testified in 2005 that he got Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and he admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman and "other people," according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press.
The AP had gone to court to compel the release of the documents; Cosby's lawyers had objected on the grounds that it would embarrass their client. - Referenced Article
Latin America's first pope returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time as pontiff Sunday, beginning a nine-day tour.
Pope Francis received a raucous welcome in Ecuador on the first leg of his pilgrimage, in which he is expected to highlight the plight of the poor, denounce inequality and reinforce his call to safeguard the environment.
Children in traditional dress greeted Francis at Quito's Mariscal Sucre airport - Referenced Article
Mr Kerry warned that the two sides were "not where we need to be on several of the most difficult issues".
His Iranian counterpart said "still nothing is clear", as ministers were set to continue talks in Vienna. Six world powers and Iran extended the deadline to Tuesday, after missing an earlier self-imposed cut-off point. - Referenced Article
Experts helping to negotiate the Iran nuclear talks have reached a tentative agreement on how and when to lift U.S. and European Union sanctions against Iran — but the nations' foreign ministers must still accept the deal, NBC News has learned.
While officials say they have narrowed the gaps on all issues, some sticking points remain ahead of Tuesday's deadline. - Referenced Article
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused China on Saturday of stealing commercial secrets and "huge amounts of government information," and of trying to "hack into everything that doesn't move in America."
Clinton's language on China appeared to be far stronger than that usually used by President Barack Obama's Democratic administration.
Speaking at a campaign event in New Hampshire, Clinton said she wanted to see China's peaceful rise. - Referenced Article
Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced Thursday that "after many months of thought, deliberation and discussion" he has decided to run for president of the United States.
In an over 2,000-word blog post, Webb writes that he decided to run because the United States needs "proven, experienced leadership that can be trusted to move us forward from a new President's first days in office." - Referenced Article