Road blocks and marches hit Brazilian cities on Thursday as disparate groups criticised spending on the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament and sought to revive a call for better public services that swept the country last June.
Protests against the World Cup took place in at least 12 Brazilian cities, according the GloboNews 24-hour news channel. In Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, a main thoroughfare was blocked with burning tires. Protesters also stormed a building in the capital Brasilia.
More top news
Firefighters across California have been battling major wildfires in what could be the most destructive wildfire season on record.
This summer's fundraising juggernaut, the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, has raised almost £7m in the fight against Motor Neurone Disease.
Winning entries from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 competition have been unveiled.