US & World

Sony hack: US sanctions North Korea over cyberattack

Although the U.S. has already sanctioned North Korea over its nuclear program, these are the first sanctions punishing Pyongyang for alleged cyberattacks against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

North Korean leader open to summit with South

The two countries have not held a summit since 2007 and, despite remarks from Kim Jong Un, the likelihood of one happening again soon is very low given the deep distrust that remains between the two countries.

2014 remembrances: Honoring some exceptional lives

NPR's Code Switch takes a moment to look back at some of the extraordinary, influential and interesting people whom we lost in 2014.

Was Dubai's record-breaking display the coolest New Year's Eve spectacle?

The city already known for its extravagance upped the ante by lighting up the world's tallest building with 70,000 panels of LED bulbs.

35 killed, 42 injured in Shanghai stampede

Thirty-five people have been killed in a stampede during New Year's celebrations in downtown Shanghai, China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

Palestinians join International Criminal Court

The move by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas set the stage for a diplomatic showdown with the United States and drew an angry response from Israel.

Weather hampers AirAsia search; sonar may have found parts of plane

Sonar may have located parts of the AirAsia flight that disappeared Sunday. Recovery teams have now pulled at least seven bodies.

US military returns to Iraq 3 years after withdrawing

Three years after the U.S. military officially withdrew from Iraq, 2,000 U.S. troops are back restoring the old buildings they'd left behind.

Russian opposition figure detained amid protests in Moscow

Alexei Navalny broke his house arrest after he was convicted of fraud and given a 3 1/2-year suspended sentence. Navalny was a leader of the protests by opposition groups in Moscow three years ago.

AirAsia 8501: Wreckage, bodies reveal jet's fate days after it disappeared

Rescue crews scouring the waters off Indonesia say they have found dozens of bodies and have spotted wreckage that belongs to AirAsia QZ8501.

Missing AirAsia jet: Indonesia asks US for help

The jet carrying 162 people is believed to have crashed into Indonesia's Java Sea. The State Department says no Americans were on board.

Search resumes for missing AirAsia flight with 162 aboard

Ships and planes have resumed the search for AirAsia flight QZ8501, which lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday.

Which world leader had the best and the worst year in 2014?

Vladimir Putin got off to a great start, then it all turned sour. Bashar Assad looks to be better positioned today than back in January. Perhaps the pope had the best year of all.

Afghanistan ceremony officially ends America's longest war

While the conflict, which has claimed the lives of some 3,500 U.S. and NATO troops, is formally ending, 13,500 foreign soldiers will remain in support roles.

1 dead, hundreds stranded in Greek ferry disaster

Italian and Greek rescue crews battled gale-force winds and massive waves Sunday as they struggled to evacuate hundreds of people trapped on a burning ferry adrift between Italy and Albania.

Pakistan says it's killed dozens of extremists in military operation

The operation in tribal North Waziristan involved airstrikes and ground forces, the Pakistan military says.