The Syrian peace talks are back in session in Geneva. U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi led the first joint session of this round on Tuesday. But there are no signs of progress, as the government and opposition delegates continue to bicker over the agenda for the talks.
A decade ago, fewer than 100 rhinos were killed annually in South Africa. Last year, it was more than 1,000. Wildlife conservation groups from around the globe are gathering in London this week, hoping to find ways to slow the trade in rhino horns, elephant tusks and other illegal wildlife products.
Two recent studies add to the growing evidence that consuming dairy fat may actually fend off weight gain. Experts say it may be time to revisit the assumption that when it comes to dairy, fat free is always best.
Wearing oversized sweaters, sensible shoes and loose-fitting suits, the models on the runway this year look downright comfortable. New York Times Style Magazine editor in chief Deborah Needleman says these styles are "much more about comfort" than they have been in the past.
With the NFL season over, attention turns to the hopefuls who are preparing for April's draft. Over the next several weeks, athletes will highlight their skills during pro days and the annual combine, a week-long event showcasing their physical and mental tools. The focal point is the 40 yard dash, where a tenth of a second can mean all the difference.
Former U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin hosted a summit of former surgeons general at Xavier University in New Orleans to talk about curtailing the nation's top preventable cause of death: smoking. They focused on how to keep kids from getting addicted. The session comes 50 years after the landmark surgeon general's report that smoking was dangerous. But even today, obstacles remain.
Two Americans open Fortune Cookie, a restaurant that serves Chinese-American food in Shanghai. The owners believe there is a market among expats nostalgic for their hometown takeout. A Chinese customer says Westernized Chinese food lacks the subtly of the original cuisine.
Virgin America aims to go public this year after recording its first profits since it was founded 10 years ago. Barclays and Deutsche Bank will co-lead the IPO, which is slated for the second half of the year.
The U.S. government has announced new restrictions in the trade of African elephant ivory. Imports and exports are banned and sales are limited to antiques at least 100 years old. It's part of a broader effort to protect elephants and other animals from escalating illegal wildlife trade.
Community College leaders are in Washington lobbying for more money and a bigger role in training Americans for the workforce. In most states though, community college funding has been slashed. It's unclear if the schools can open their doors to more people or create new job-training programs.
Chris Christie continues to travel the country as head of the Republican Governors Association. He's promoting the GOP agenda and raising money for this year's elections. But compared to Christie's usual style, it's a low-key tour — absent media interviews and with very few photo ops with smiling candidates.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs cost taxpayers $32 million by overpaying for space and renting too much of it. It's just one in a long line of federal leasing problems, according to reports. Health and Human Services has been leasing a building in Maryland for 60 years that it could have owned 10 times over by now.
Carnival in Rio attracts tourists from all over the world. But there is a murky — and sometimes deadly — underbelly to the celebrations. The recent murder of a samba school official highlights the links between the glittering affair that is Carnival and the city's criminal world.
In Sochi, the Canadians have filled an entire fridge with Molson beer but it requires a Canadian passport to open. Still, this Olympic moment: The coach of Canada's cross country ski team spotted a Russian competitor struggling with a broken ski, and promptly ran out and gave him a replacement.
When it comes to hiring pastors and teachers, religious organizations like churches or schools are exempt from most employment discrimination laws. But a lawsuit in Massachusetts wants to clarify how much leeway they have. For example, can they discriminate against people in same-sex marriages for non-religious jobs like gym teacher or cafeteria worker?
American snowboarder Shaun White had hoped to win his third consecutive gold in these games. Instead, he's going home empty-handed. Not a single member of team USA was on the podium for the snowboard halfpipe event.