US & World

Kenya shuts borders to Ebola-hit West African countries

The suspension applies to Kenyan ports of entry for people traveling from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. It goes into effect from Tuesday midnight.

Kurds: US air power backing operation to retake Mosul dam

Peshmerga fighters claim to have retaken the area around the dam, but an eyewitness tells NPR that he's seen no clear progress as yet by Kurdish forces.

Ukraine: Some Russian military vehicles destroyed

Ukrainian artillery destroyed 'significant' part of a Russian armored column that crossed into Ukraine, says President Petro Poroshenko.

State TV: Iraq's al-Maliki gives up post to rival

Iraqi state television says after refusing to step down Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki has finally given up his post as prime minister to Haider al-Abadi.

What growing divisions over Syria, Iraq mean for Democrats

There’s a growing division within the Democratic party over how the U.S. should address the crises in Syria and Iraq.

Should military officers renounce political activity, including voting?

Is a there a difference between political action or protest and filling out a ballot? Why do some military service members think it’s important to remain impartial?

Vintage autos, supercars and a personal spacecraft?

A vintage Ferarri may bring $70 million on auction. The famed 1963 Jaguar E-Type returns. And a personal spacecraft. It's the annual Pebble Beach Concours.

In Peru's Blood Festival, it's the condor versus the bull

The condors are tied to a bull's back and fight in an arena. Many Peruvians say it's an important tradition, but others say it's a threat to a bird already at risk.

UN says Ukraine death toll doubles in 2 weeks

The number of people who have been killed in eastern Ukraine appears to have doubled in the last two weeks, the U.N. human rights office said Wednesday.

AP video journalist, translator killed in Gaza

Police said three police engineers were also killed and four people badly injured when a missile blew up as Gazan police engineers were working to neutralize it.

Iraqi military helicopter crashes delivering aid

An Iraqi military helicopter providing aid to those stranded on a mountain fleeing Sunni militants crashed Tuesday after too many tried to climb aboard, killing the pilot.

What is the effect of U.S. policy in the Middle East?

It's a bleak scenario in the Middle East. How effective has U.S. policy has been in the area? What are its prospects for the future?

Spanish priest dies of Ebola; UN debates ethics of experimental treatments

A Spanish missionary priest being treated for Ebola died Tuesday in a Madrid hospital amid a worldwide debate over who should get experimental Ebola treatments.

Obama congratulates Iraqi prime minister-designate (updated)

The president's statement comes on the same day Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was snubbed by the president in favor of Haider al-Abadi as the new head of government there. Watch live.

New leader of Iraq is nominated, as Maliki insists he'll stay in office

A group of Shiite politicians said Monday they've nominated a new prime minister. The U.S. is calling for a leader to govern by consensus and fight the extremist group the Islamic State.

Political power struggle, airstrikes rock Iraq

Iraqi President Fouad Massoum nominated a new candidate to replace Prime Minister Nuri al-Malaki, but the move has sparked a stand-off, as Maliki says he plans to remain in power. In the north, militants are attacking cities and the US continues to use airstrikes.