US & World

On Happiness Day, 6 Nepalis tell how to not worry and be happy

Nepal is a poor country. Unemployment is high. Politics is a mess. But as one resident puts it, "[We] have the ability to be happy about how unhappy we are."

Netanyahu says 'conditions have to change' for Palestinian state

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep on the heels of a win for Netanyahu's Likud Party in parliamentary elections this week. Read a transcript of the interview.

Tunisia attack: 21 killed, more gunmen may be at large

Tunisia's prime minister, Habib Essid said two of the attackers were killed in a gunfight with police, and that security forces are hunting for two or three others believed to have been involved.

Presbyterians' new marriage definition includes gay marriage

The new definition was endorsed last year by the church General Assembly, but required approval from a majority of the denomination's 171 regional districts

Israel's election: Netanyahu declares victory in tight race

Initial exit polls showed Netanyahu's Likud Party deadlocked with the center-left Zionist Union. But the results indicated that Netanyahu will have an easier time cobbling together a majority coalition.

US returns dozens of looted artifacts to Iraq

Among the artifacts is the head of a statue of Assyrian King Sargon II, similar to one destroyed by militants with the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

California judges must cut ties with the Boy Scouts

The state's earlier ban on judges belonging to groups that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation now applies to youth organizations. Does this take judicial impartiality too far?

Netanyahu promises no Palestinian state if he is re-elected

Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu ruled out a Palestinian state and vowed to strengthen construction in east Jerusalem settlements.

Nearly one-third of Americans hiding information online, Pew finds

While Americans are deeply divided over whether government surveillance is serving the public interest, one-third of those surveyed are taking steps to hide their personal information online.

Massive protests against Brazil's president seek her ouster

Protesters don't just want Dilma Rousseff gone; they are demanding the ruling party be booted as well. Some estimates say 1 million people protested across Brazil.

Francis predicts papacy of 4-5 years, calls for Jubilee Year

Pontiff marks second anniversary of his surprise election by predicting that he won't be pope for long — and by calling a special Jubilee Year.

Lights go out in Syria as civil war rages on, lifespans shorten, studies say

Once, Syria was a modern nation. Today, after five years of brutal conflict, 83 percent of the country's lights are out and life expectancies are 20 years shorter.

2 police officers shot outside Ferguson Police Department

The shooting occurred during a protest outside Ferguson police headquarters and comes less than 24 hours after the resignation of the city's chief of police.

Ferguson chief resigns in wake of scathing federal report

Following a highly critical Justice Department report, the city said in a statement that it reached a mutual separation agreement with police Chief Thomas Jackson.

6 things you need to know about marijuana and Calif. employment laws

In the wake of a ballot measure that legalized the use of marijuana in our nation’s capital, a D.C. Council committee has advanced a bill to ban employers there from prescreening job applicants for the drug.

Obama imposes sanctions on Venezuela, invoking emergency powers

Citing an "erosion of human rights guarantees," President Obama issues an executive order imposing sanctions on members of Venezuela's military and intelligence services.