US & World

Obama calls Ebola a global security threat, orders military aid

President Barack Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa and called on other countries to quickly supply more helpers, supplies and money.

Hagel, Dempsey defend US plan to target extremists in Iraq

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey told a Senate panel Tuesday he "would go back to the president and make a recommendation that may include the use of ground forces."

Expanding mission in Iraq, US strikes fighters south of Baghdad

The attacks were conducted in support of Iraqi Security Forces, marking the first time the U.S. has used air power outside of its original mission to protect U.S. assets.

Smartphones — used to stalk, control domestic abuse victims

Cyberstalking has transformed domestic abuse in the U.S. Tracking tools called spyware make it cheap and easy for someone to monitor a partner secretly.

Leaders meet in Paris to forge fight against Islamic militants

Representatives from more than 20 countries have gathered in the French capital to form a coalition to defeat the insurgency.

Hurricane Odile slams Baja California

The extent of Odile's impact was still not clear before daybreak, but the storm severely damaged hotel lobbies and facades, shattered windows and left streets full of debris.

It's all about the girls: Is the world listening to them?

More than 500 girls living in poverty have lent their voices to Girl Declaration, a campaign urging world leaders to include the needs of girls in the next set of global development goals.

Thousands gather in Germany to rally against anti-Semitism

At an event in Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel said there is no place for anti-Semitism in Germany and called it a "monstrous scandal" that anyone in the country would be hassled for being Jewish.

Israeli, Palestinian parents share their stories of loss

The Parents Circle is a group of Israeli and Palestinian mothers and fathers who have lost children in the conflict. Two of them visited NPR and said this summer's war has only made conditions worse.

Estonia 'spy' dispute could be Russia making anti-NATO mischief

It could be the next big spy movie: an Estonian intelligence agent nabbed by Russia on spy charges. Estonia says he was kidnapped in a cross-border raid.

Shelling in Donetsk rocks cease-fire in Ukraine

The cease-fire in eastern Ukraine is being tested, with intense fighting reported near the airport in Donetsk Saturday and Sunday. An NPR team in that city was forced to flee the shelling.

Islamic militants purportedly execute British aid worker David Haines

The militant group that calls itself the Islamic State has released a video that purportedly shows the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

ISIS, ISIL or Islamic State: What's in a name?

The disparities in naming are partly because of translation difficulties, and partly a sign of a propaganda war.

Navy searches for pilot after F/A-18 jets crash into sea

The Navy says one pilot has been rescued and returned to the aircraft carrier the jets were assigned to. A search is on for the other pilot. The planes haven't been recovered.

Oscar Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide

Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide and not murder in the death of his girlfriend. The judge ruled there was not enough evidence he knew it was his girlfriend behind a door when he fired.

Boehner: House GOP 'ready to work with the president'

The House speaker said Congress "ought to give the president what he's asking for," but also expressed skepticism that the White House plan doesn't go far enough.