US & World

Pet porkers pack rescues as trendy teacup pigs fatten up

Online sellers offer teacup pigs for thousands of dollars, promising the animals will stop growing after age 1 and stay small if fed a restricted diet, but once they grow too big to handle, people give them up.

Washington Post seeks UN agency help in freeing reporter

Jason Rezaian was arrested over a year ago and has been held for months without charges in Iran's Evin Prison.

After 4 years, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei gets passport back

Authorities had seized Ai's passport in apparent retaliation for his social and political work. Ai's work is often fiercely critical of the Chinese government.

Data hack could blow American spies' cover

Millions of federal employees' security clearance data exposed in the recent hack - and that could hurt undercover U.S. intelligence efforts.

US-Cuba ties are restored; most American tourists have to wait

Now that Cuba and the United States have restored full diplomatic ties, what will it take to lift sanctions impeding business and travel?

Thousands of athletes prepare for Special Olympics this week

The games will bring some 6,500 athletes from 165 countries to Los Angeles this week to take part in 25 sports at venues across the city.

WATCH: Comedian interrupts FIFA news conference by throwing wads of cash

Simon Brodkin, a British comedian, made a reference to the corruption scandal that has rocked soccer's world governing body.

Affair-enabling website Ashley Madison is compromised by hackers

Threats to release some 37 million users' photographs and data come at a time when Ashley Madison's leaders have been discussing a potential $200 million stock offering.

UN endorses Iran nuclear deal with 6 world powers

The measure also provides a mechanism for U.N. sanctions to "snap back" in place if Iran fails to meet its obligations.

5 decades later, US-Cuba diplomatic ties restored

The historic shift will be publicly memorialized Monday when Cuban officials formally inaugurate their embassy in Washington and Cuba's blue, red and white-starred flag will fly for the first time since the countries severed ties in 1961.

Former hostage: Under deal, Iran has less incentive to hold Americans

Sarah Shourd, who was imprisoned by Iran in 2009, calls the nuclear deal a "win-win." It doesn't demand Americans' release, but she says it makes it less useful for Iran to keep hostages for leverage.

Mitsubishi to apologize for using US POWs as forced labor

A senior executive will personally say sorry to James Murphy, 94, who was forced to work in one of the company's copper mines, something he described as "slavery in every way."

WATCH: Surfer in South Africa narrowly escapes shark

During a World Surf League competition in Jeffreys Bay that was broadcast live on television, Australian surfer Mick Fanning has a heart-stopping moment.

18-day negotiation yields landmark Iran nuclear accord

The accord marks a dramatic break from decades of animosity between the United States and Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to call it a "stunning historic mistake."

The secret history of black baseball players in Japan

Decades before Jackie Robinson broke American baseball's color line, a longstanding camaraderie between black and Japanese players would shape the future of baseball in Japan.

US agents knew of 'El Chapo' escape plots in 2014

Mexico's most notorious drug trafficker began plotting to break out almost immediately after his recapture at a seaside resort in February 2014.