US & World

Castro's niece casts rare 'no' vote, citing gay rights

Mariela Castro, daughter of the country's president — and niece of Fidel Castro — is making waves for rejecting a workers' rights bill in parliament.

Syria's chemical weapons destroyed

The Organization for the Prohibition for Chemical Weapons said Tuesday that an operation carried out aboard U.S. vessel Cape Ray has destroyed 581 metric tons of a precursor for sarin nerve gas, and 19.8 metric tons of mustard gas.

Israel launches airstrikes after Gaza rocket fire

The Israeli military said it carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire, a burst of violence that broke the temporary cease-fire.

UN says Gaza requires unprecedented reconstruction

The top U.N. official in the Mideast said Monday that Gaza will require massive reconstruction and proposed expanding a U.N.-Israeli system to import construction materials into the Palestinian territory.

Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

Obama says the recapturing of Mosul dam in northernIraq by Iraqi and Kurdish forces is a "major step forward" in the battle against Islamic State militants.

Obama administration wants cars that talk to each other, saying they will save lives

The Obama administration says it wants to require that future cars and trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.

Israel says Hamas West Bank coup attempt thwarted; cease-fire to expire Monday

Israel's Shin Bet security service says it has thwarted a Hamas coup attempt in the West Bank, though it provided few details.

Ukraine blames rebels for shelling civilians, killing many

Ukraine claimed Monday that pro-Russia rebels fired rockets and mortars on a convoy of civilians who were trying to flee from the intense fighting in eastern Ukraine.

US-based Yazidi community watches events in Iraq with horror

Lincoln, Neb., is home to a sizable group of Iraqi Yazidis, members of the minority group being persecuted in Iraq. One of them, Sulaiman Murad, describes the agony of watching the crisis from afar.

Feds order 2nd autopsy in death of Ferguson teenager

Investigators will examine the body of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the young, unarmed black man whose shooting death at the hands of Missouri police has sparked outrage, protests and some riots in the past week.

Ukraine claims gains on the ground, as rebels down warplane

The MiG-29 was shot down over Luhansk, where Kiev's forces are said to have captured a police station as they tighten a circle around pro-Russia separatists.

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.