US & World

Obama commutes sentences of 46 convicts

The move was part of a broader effort by the administration to make the U.S. criminal justice system fairer.

El Chapo's second escape memorialized in Mexican 'corridos'

Singers of the ballads have for decades detailed the lifestyle of drug dealers in Mexico, so it was no surprise that when the country's most notorious kingpin escaped, it was memorialized in song.

'El Chapo' escape a 'PR disaster' for Mexican government

Mexico's most powerful drug lord escaped from a high-security prison for the second time in 15 years —an embarrassment for President Peña Nieto.

Greece reaches deal with creditors, avoids euro exit

Before it can receive about $95 billion in loans and support for its banks to reopen, the Greek government will have to pass a raft of austerity measures.

How close is 'close'? Iran, West inch toward nuclear deal

There are conflicting reports as to whether the negotiators will or won't announce a deal on Monday.

IS claims responsibility for attack on Italian consulate in Cairo

A group calling itself Islamic State in Egypt said it carried out the car-bomb attack that killed one person and caused serious damage to the diplomatic compound.

Afghanistan says US airstrikes destroyed Islamic State branch

While U.S. officials declined to confirm it, Afghan authorities said a US airstrike Friday killed IS affiliate leader Hafeez Sayeed and more than 30 other militants.

Serena Williams wins 21st Grand Slam title at Wimbledon

For Williams, it leaves her one shy of Steffi Graf and at third place for the all-time women's Grand Slam record.

Ta-Nehisi Coates looks at the physical toll of being black in America

Coates writes about race and social issues for The Atlantic. His new book brings to bear his fear that his life and the lives of his loved ones might end unnaturally.

Confederate flag is removed in South Carolina

The rebel banner was taken down Friday morning by a Highway Patrol honor guard in a ceremony attended by thousands who cheered at the removal.

Pope says world leaders cowards on environment

Pope Francis has ended a powerful speech before a gathering of social movements with a fierce condemnation of the world's governments.

Pope apologizes for church's indigenous offenses

The apology was significant given the controversy that has erupted in the United States over Francis' planned canonization of 18th century Spanish priest Junipero Serra, who set up missions across California.

More than 21 million affected by government data breach, US says

The number affected by the breach is higher than the 14 million figure that investigators gave last month.

UN says Syria represents worst refugee crisis in 25 years

The organization estimates more than 4 million have fled since the start of the civil war four years ago. Another 7.6 million are believed to be internally displaced.

Facebook's new logo is a visual nod to gender equality

A female designer at the company updated Facebook's friend logo, placing a woman's silhouette in front of a man's.

Army cuts could grow even bigger if budget impasse persists

Military leaders were notifying members of Congress Wednesday of how they intend to reduce the active-duty force from 490,000 soldiers to 450,000 within two years.