US & World

Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency

The Congressional Budget Office says the deficit will be $468 billion, its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office.

Obama takes in India's grand Republic Day parade

Obama's attendance at India's Republic Day celebrations was unlike any other event he has participated in during his overseas travel as president.

Stress of 'nonstop war' forcing out good soldiers, Hagel says

In an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says he is concerned about the toll of repeatedly rotating the same soldiers back to the front lines.

2 planes evacuated in Seattle, 3rd flight diverted to Dallas

Two planes have been evacuated on arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport due to what a spokesman called a "security concern."

Ukraine's president hopes to revive shattered peace process

Petro Poroshenko says that the only way forward in ending the conflict with Russian-backed separatists in the country's east is to revive a cease-fire agreement forged in September in Minsk.

Monks scramble to preserve Iraq's Christian history

Fleeing ISIS, an order of Dominican monks had to leave much behind. But when Father Najeeb Michaeel helped the Christian community escape, he took one thing with him: a collection of manuscripts.

Closing Gitmo 'going to be very difficult,' Hagel says

The outgoing secretary of defense conceded his handling of the Guantanamo Bay detainee issue "hasn't always made me popular in some quarters."

First attempt to lift AirAsia fuselage fails

Ropes supporting the core piece of wreckage as it was lifted from the sea floor snapped just as the fuselage neared the surface, officials say.

Dear world: Bill and Melinda Gates have 'big bets' for 2030

Their annual letter to the public has been published. They're betting that in 15 years, polio will be eradicated, Africa will feed itself and 2 billion people will use their phones as mobile banks.

Who is new Saudi King Salman?

King Salman, 79, presided over the dramatic transformation of Riyadh with a record for good governance, but he is not viewed as a reformer.

US says it's not clear after Cuba talks if new policy works

The highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Cuba in more than three decades says that two days of talks left her with no clearer idea of whether Obama's new policy has good prospects of success.

Argentine president now says prosecutor's death 'not a suicide'

Alberto Nisman, who accused the Argentinian leader of covering up Iran's role in a 1994 terrorist attack, was found shot dead in his apartment on Sunday.

Fate of Japanese hostages unclear after Islamic State's deadline lapses

A video purportedly by the militants says "the countdown has begun." Japan says it's still trying to secure Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto's release. The Islamists want $200 million for their release.

Yemeni rebels call for mass rallies after president resigns

The Houthis, who control the capital, Sanaa, are apparently hoping to exploit a power vacuum left by the resignation of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

TSA found 2,212 firearms at airport checkpoints in 2014

Grenades and blades were also found. In most cases, people forgot they had them. Our favorite discovery: a knife in an enchilada.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah dies; witnessed a new era

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has died, according to his country's state TV. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud was 90 years old.