US & World

Thousands of refugees flee Syria in chaotic scene at Turkey's border

While a U.N. agency reported about 70,000 refugees this weekend, a Turkish official says 100,000 Syrians have entered Turkey in the past week. Fighters from ISIS are closing in on the border.

Snowden reveal makes Israeli spies' protest an American issue

Forty-three veterans of Unit 8200, Israel's secretive surveillance organization, say they were directed to spy indiscriminately on Palestinians. Were they using intelligence gathered by the NSA?

New Afghan president, but vote totals kept secret

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has been named the winner of the presidential election and his one-time rival, Abdullah Abdullah, will fill the newly created position of chief executive.

Man caught at White House is an Army veteran

Omar J. Gonzales, the 42-year-old man who the Secret Service says ran onto the White House grounds and entered a door Friday night, is an Army veteran who served in Iraq.

Thousands march in Moscow against Ukraine fighting

Demonstrators protested Russia's involvement in the fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists.

Sierra Leone reaches final day of Ebola lockdown

The country's 6 million residents have been ordered to stay in their homes in an unprecedented effort to prevent the deadly disease from spreading.

One year after Kenyan mall attack, few answers have emerged

The people behind a vicious attack were identified as Islamist militants from Somalia, but few other details about the incident have been made public.

Afghan presidential rivals end dispute — and a long election season

The top two presidential candidates in Afghanistan shake hands and sign a power-sharing deal, ending months of bitter disputes over who will succeed Hamid Karzai.

Pope names a moderate to be Chicago's new archbishop

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., to succeed Cardinal Francis George, 77, a conservative who has spoken out on many social issues in his 17 years in the post.

After Scotland's vote, Cameron pledges more autonomy

At final count, the "no" votes won by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent. The British prime minister said it had settled the question "for a generation."

Scots reject independence in historic vote

Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

Scotland's voters decide: To leave or stay in the UK?

Scots went to the polls to vote in a referendum that will decide whether they remain with the United Kingdom or end a 300-year-old union.

Obama reaffirms opposition to US combat in Iraq

President Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own.

Mexico airlifts tourists after Hurricane Odile

The Mexican government began airlifting the first of tens of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes.

2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' winners announced

The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced on Wednesday the 2014 recipients, who will each receive $625,000 to spend any way they like.

Ray Rice's indefinite NFL suspension appealed by players' union

Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension in July after he was charged with assault following a Feb. 15 altercation with his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.