US & World

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.

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.