US & World

Japan's Cabinet eases post-WWII limits on military

Previous governments have said the war-renouncing Article 9 of the constitution limited the use of force to defending Japan.

Obama orders 200 more troops to Iraq

The president had previously deployed about 300 military advisers to assist Iraqi security forces and he sent 275 troops to guard the embassy.

Drone access to US skies faces significant hurdles

A government watchdog report says the FAA still hasn't figured out how to ensure safety for civilian use of drones over U.S. skies.

North Korea preparing to try 2 American tourists

North Korea said Monday it is preparing to try two Americans who entered the country as tourists for carrying out what it says were hostile acts against it.

Seattle heads into new frontiers on the minimum wage fight

The new wage rules begin to phase in next April, but that's only if the new law survives several challenges in the courts and at the ballot box. From public station KUOW in Seattle, Deborah Wang has this report.

Bad Tweet: Dutch airline angers Mexico soccer fans

Within minutes of the Netherlands' 2-1 victory over the Tri, KLM let loose on its Twitter feed a picture of an airport departures sign under the heading "Adios Amigos!"

World Cup: Huntelaar's late penalty gives Dutch 2-1 win

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored an injury-time penalty Sunday to give the Netherlands a 2-1 win over Mexico and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.

In Paris, training wheels for the littlest riders

Paris streets are often too dangerous for kids to learn to ride, and most parents have no room to store bikes in their apartments. So the city has started renting bikes for smallest Parisiens.

Colombia beats Uruguay 2-0 at World Cup

James Rodriguez scored one of the best goals of the tournament and then added a second to put Colombia into the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time.

On penalties, Brazil pulls off a hard-fought win against Chile

After more than 120 minutes of play, Brazil's World Cup run came down to penalty kicks on Saturday. We've moved on to the knock-out round, so a loss means going home.

In Iraq, coordination with Iran not impossible, Gen. Dempsey says

"I'm not predicting that it's entirely impossible that we would at any point act collaboratively with Iran," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff tells NPR.

Wave of Guatemalan migrant children presents unique challenges

Many indigenous Guatemalan children entering the U.S. alone speak little or no Spanish. This language barrier contributes to the complexity of the unfolding humanitarian crisis at the border.

Vatican ex-ambassador convicted of sex abuse

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski has been defrocked, and as a papal diplomat and citizen of the Vatican City State, he also faces criminal charges that can carry a prison term.

Ex-US Sen. Howard Baker Jr. dies

The scion of a political family, Baker served 18 years in the Senate and inquired what President Richard Nixon knew during the 1973 Senate Watergate hearings.

After 'I Do': Bringing LGBT centers to more diverse communities

The San Gabriel Valley is just miles from the LGBT support services in West Hollywood and Hollywood. But activists want their own center to deal with the specific needs of the local community.

Tourism money flows into Cuba, bringing economic hopes and fears

Tourism is an essential part of Cuba's economy. But as the industry grows, some worry it will create a gap between the haves and have-nots in a throwback to pre-revolution days.