US & World

Facing threats from Islamic militants and Iran, Gulf states set to join forces

The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council is expected to form an unprecedented, NATO-inspired joint military command. The growing strength of the so-called Islamic State and Iran's influence has made cooperation more urgent.

Kids' drawings speak volumes about home life

When children reach 6 years old, their drawings matter. Not because of those purple unicorns but because of how kids sketch themselves and others.

IOC unveils changes including more sports at Olympics

The changes adopted today at a two-day meeting in Monaco include a new Olympic channel. They are all part of biggest change in decades to the IOC.

USPS mail truck burns near San Francisco

Some Christmas cards and packages may not make it to their destinations after a U.S. Postal Service tractor-trailer caught fire near San Francisco.

Chlorine gas leak in Chicago disrupts 'furries' convention

At least 19 guests were treated and released at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, where several thousand people, many dressed as animal characters, were attending the annual Midwest FurFest convention.

Syria says Israeli airstrikes hit near Damascus

Israeli warplanes bombed two areas near Damascus on Sunday, striking near the city's international airport as well as outside a town close to the Lebanese border.

US reportedly unaware of second hostage ahead of failed rescue

When U.S. Navy SEALs raided an al-Qaida hideout in a failed bid to rescue American Luke Somers, they didn't know that South African Pierre Korkie was also being held there.

Protests over police killings turn violent in Berkeley

At least two officers were injured trying to quell vandalism and looting among demonstrators protesting the deaths of Michael Brown and chokehold victim Eric Gardner.

In the Philippines, more than 1 million flee Typhoon Hagupit

The storm toppled trees and flooded neighborhoods across a swath of the island nation, but so far appears to have spared the region the deadly destruction of last year's Typhoon Haiyan.

4 lessons from the media's conflicted coverage of race

After grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans notes media missteps in discussing race.

A year after Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines braces for another big hit

Typhoon Hagupit is expected to hit just north of where last year's devastating storm made landfall. It is forecast to cut a path toward the capital, Manila.

ICC drops charges against Kenya's president

But the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court reserved the right to bring up new charges against Uhuru Kenyatta.

Obama taps Pentagon veteran Carter as new defense secretary

Carter was deputy defense secretary from 2011-2013 and previously was the Pentagon's technology and weapons-buying chief.

China to end organ harvesting from executed inmates

The controversial practice has long been criticized by human rights campaigners who say that it could hasten the pace that prisoners are put to death in China.

Putin defiant in speech in face of sanctions, economic woes

The Russian president said in his state of the union speech that the "difficulties" his country faces "also create new possibilities." He accused the West of trying to break up Russia.

Kerry: Coalition offensive against ISIS having 'significant impact'

Meeting with other countries who joined the first against the Islamic State, Secretary of State John Kerry said their commitment will be measured in years.