US & World

35 percent spike in global terror attacks in 2014

Extremists in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria unleashed a savage rise in violence between 2013 and 2014, according to new statistics released by the State Department.

US to pay millions for Agent Orange claims

A new federal rule covers an expanded group of military personnel who were believed to have been exposed to Agent Orange residue in the U.S. from 1969 to 1986.

Treasury says woman will be picked for $10 bill

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is asking the public for suggestions on who should be chosen for the bill, as well as what symbols of democracy it should feature.

US institute: Construction visible at North Korea nuke site

International monitors were expelled in 2009, but commercial satellite photos offer a partial window into the country's only publicly known nuclear facility.

Al-Qaida's No. 2 figure killed in US strike in Yemen, White House confirms

Nasir al-Wahishi commanded al-Qaida's powerful Yemeni affiliate. His death strikes the terror network's biggest blow since the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Egyptian court sentences Morsi to life, and then to death

The rulings in Cairo confirm sentences against the ousted leader that were handed down this spring. NPR's Leila Fadel says "the cases have been criticized as show trials with fantastical accusations."

Washington war widows: It's OK to move on

Life for military widows and widowers is awash in grief, uncertainty and paperwork. A group run by widows in Washington state has created a supportive network to ease the burden.

US airstrike targets al-Qaida militant in Libya

The U.S. says the military launched an airstrike Saturday targeting an al-Qaida leader in eastern Libya who has been charged with leading the attack on a gas plant in Algeria in 2013 that killed 35 hostages, including three Americans.

Navy ship christened for Giffords, wounded in 2011 shooting

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords of Arizona had a Navy vessel named in her honor Saturday.

Can the universal language Esperanto make a comeback?

A hundred years ago, a Polish physician created a language that anyone could learn easily. The hope was to bring the world closer together. Today Esperanto speakers say it's helpful during travel.

Facing 'peacekeeper babies,' UN now offers DNA testing

The United Nations has quietly started to offer DNA testing to help prove paternity claims and ensure support for the so-called "peacekeeper babies."

North Korea accuses US of targeting it with live anthrax

U.S. defense officials disclosed in late May that low concentration samples of live anthrax were shipped to labs in 19 states and four countries, including a U.S. military facility in South Korea.

Former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn acquitted in pimping trial

The panel of judges ruled that Strauss-Kahn, a one-time French presidential hopeful whose political career was tarnished by the allegations, was not involved in hiring the women or paying them.

Germany closes probe into alleged US hacking of Merkel's phone

The country's top prosecutor said investigators had been unable to find solid evidence that the U.S. eavesdropped on Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone calls.

Body of American killed fighting ISIS handed over to family

Hundreds of people turned up in the Kurdish town of Kobani to bid farewell to Keith Broomfield before his body was handed over to family at the Mursitpinar gate.

Court says net neutrality rules will go into effect Friday

A judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit says the United States Telecom Association did not satisfy the requirements for a stay.