US & World

On day of funeral, Michael Brown's family calls for day of silence

The shooting death of the 18-year-old sparked violent protests in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's father said all he wants is peace while his son is being laid to rest today.

British Embassy apologizes for humorous tweet about burning the White House

The tweet joked about the burning of the White House 200 years ago by the British. It unleashed many tweets from Americans who didn't think relations were special enough for that kind of ribbing.

Ebola outbreak reportedly spreads to Central Africa

With two deaths caused by the virus reported by the Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry, the disease appears to have moved beyond West Africa.

Large earthquake reported in central Peru

The U.S. Geological Survey says a large 7-magnitude earthquake has struck central Peru. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate frees US journalist held since 2012

Peter Theo Curtis, who was abducted near the Syria-Turkey border in Oct. 2012, has been quietly handed over to a U.N. representative.

UN warns of 'possible massacre' in northeastern Iraq

The United Nations special representative in Iraq describes the situation in Amerli, besieged by Islamic State militants, as one of "unspeakable suffering."

Kurdish forces say they're waiting for US weapons

In northern Iraq, the Kurdish Peshmerga troops are battling the extremists of the Islamic State. But commanders say they're not getting the weapons promised by the U.S. and others.

Russian convoy leaves Ukraine after reportedly delivering aid

Kiev and Moscow confirm that the convoy, which crossed the border into rebel-held territory on Friday without permission, is exiting Ukrainian territory.

Advocacy group asks for Chrysler investigation

A nonprofit group founded by Ralph Nader filed a petition Friday asking the U.S. government to investigate power system failures in Chrysler vehicles.

Homeland Security warns US retailers about hacking software

The government urged businesses of all sizes to scan their point-of-sale systems for software that could steal customer financial data.

A food crisis follows Africa's Ebola crisis

Food shortages are emerging in the wake of West Africa's Ebola epidemic. Market shelves are bare and fields are neglected because traders can't move and social gatherings are discouraged.

Obama's reaction to Ferguson raises questions about president's role

As the situation quiets down in Ferguson, Mo., some political observers are asking why it took President Obama so long to publicly weigh in on events there.

In changing America, gay masculinity has 'many different shades'

As attitudes toward homosexuality shift in the U.S., many gay men say that's created not just more legal freedoms, but also greater freedom to express their gender identities.

Sunnis pull out of Iraq talks after mosque attack

It was not immediately clear who carried out Friday's attack, which the lawmakers blamed on "militias" in an apparent reference to Shiite armed groups.

Pentagon cites 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept

The Pentagon press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby said the Chinese jet made several close passes by the Navy P-8 Poseidon plane, coming within 30 feet of it.

What President Obama shares with the Godfather

More like "Don Obama"? In order to understand the President's foreign policy moves, Harvard professor Stephen Walt says look no further than the Corleones.