US & World

Debating hypothetical U.S., Russia joint operations in Syria

In a shift of US strategy in Syria, the Pentagon will press pause on its training program for Syrian rebel groups fighting so-called Islamic State (IS) forces and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

London police stop watching Ecuadorean embassy for sign of Assange

After three years and more than $15 million, Scotland Yard says it's removing the guards that have waited outside the Ecuadorean Embassy for a chance to arrest the WikiLeaks founder.

Zimbabwe official: US dentist not wanted for killing Cecil the lion

Zimbabwe's environment minister said Walter Palmer can now safely return as a "tourist" because he had not broken the southern African country's hunting laws.

Iran says Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian convicted

In its report, Iranian state TV called Rezaian an "American spy." He reportedly faces up to 20 years in prison.

Iran test-fires new, precision-guided ballistic missile

Experts are debating whether the test violates the terms of Iran's nuclear deal, which bars Iran from developing missiles designed to carry nuclear warheads.

For International Day Of The Girl, a battle of the hashtags

Do a quick search of #DayoftheGirl and you'll find dozens of related hashtag campaigns. Does that help further the cause or water down the message?

Thousands march in Ankara to mourn bombing victims

Many in the crowd chanted anti-government slogans. Others demanded justice. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing, which killed 95 people in Ankara.

US to make 'condolence payments' to victims of Kunduz hospital airstrike

The U.S. said it would work with the victims and the family of the dead to determine the appropriate payment. The U.S. will also pay for the repair of the hospital.

Twin blasts at peace rally in Turkey kill 86

The two explosions have wounded another 186 people near the center of the Turkish capital, Ankara, before a peace rally organized by civic society groups and ahead of Turkey's elections.

Mexico: International experts can revisit missing students case

Mexico says it will allow seven experts from five countries to re-examine the crime area. Mexican officials have said 43 students were kidnapped, murdered and burned

US shelves program intended to train Syrian rebels

The U.S. will shift the focus to training so-called "enablers" in Turkey. Those leaders of opposition groups will gather intelligence and coordinate airstrikes with existing fighters.

Nobel Peace Prize goes to Tunisian democracy group

The National Dialogue Quartet stepped in during the violent summer of 2013, when Tunisia was sliding toward a civil war in the wake of its 2011 Jasmine Revolution.

Fukushima study links children's cancer to nuclear accident

The study claims rates of thyroid cancer are high for children who lived near the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant in Japan. But other scientists are skeptical of the findings.

US airman who helped thwart French train attack is stabbed

An Air Force spokesman said details are sketchy but that Spencer Stone, who helped subdue an attacker on a French train in August, is being treated in a hospital in the Sacramento area.

Obama apologizes to aid group for US attack on Afghan clinic

The president spoke to the group's international president, Joanne Liu, on Wednesday.

Kickstarter partners with UN in campaign to help refugees

President Obama also joined the fray, calling on Americans to band together to make a big difference.