US will not prosecute families for paying hostage ransom
The policy, announced by President Barack Obama on Wednesday, changes the way the government handles cases in which Americans are taken hostage by groups like the Islamic State.
It's time for China and the US to have a talk
The world's two megapowers have not been feeling very chummy lately, which is why it's particularly important that today, high officials from the countries meet in Washington.
Obama said the N-word publicly. These white US presidents used it behind everyone's backs
Analysis: The president was making a complex point about race in America, but all anyone heard was a single word.
Call it an arms race
Russia and NATO are gearing up, just in case.
The world has gone retro: Russia and NATO are making the Cold War hot again
Analysis: There’s an arms race, war games and even nuclear saber-rattling. But some important things have changed since the old Cold War.
Mexico to Donald Trump: You are one ‘ignorant,' 'prejudiced' hombre
'They’re rapists,' Trump said of Mexicans while announcing his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
Suspect caught in Charleston church 'hate crime' shooting
US police on Thursday arrested a 21-year-old white man suspected of killing nine people at a prayer meeting in one of the nation's oldest black churches.
Here's why you shouldn't be celebrating the new $10 banknote
Sure, it will feature a woman. But she will have to share the honor with a man. And there's more.
21 Republican US senators just voted against a ban on torture. Here are their names
Who are the elected lawmakers who read the CIA torture report and thought — meh?
Wal-Mart apparently has $76 billion stashed in offshore tax havens
The corporation has built a network of 78 subsidiaries and branches in 15 offshore tax havens to minimize taxes, said a report by tax reform group Americans for Tax Fairness.
Meet the evangelical preacher who teaches unaccompanied migrant girls how to sew
A Colombian refugee herself, Margarita Monsalve now helps Central American girls and their caretakers earn money.
Exclusive: Russia and the US are competing for a space partnership with Brazil
It's opening up yet another theater in their rivalry for allies and influence.
Suspect dead after gun, bomb attack on Dallas police HQ
A man sprayed gunfire and planted several bombs at Dallas police headquarters in a rampage that came to a brutal end when snipers shot him dead.
Suspect shot in Dallas police HQ attack
Snipers shot and presumably killed a man Saturday after he attacked the police headquarters in Dallas and planted bombs in a dramatic rampage in the Texas city.
Here are 11 places where you can get naked without getting arrested
Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu is not one of them.
Venezuela quotes a made-up White House 'spokesman' to debunk drug-trafficking allegations
It's like The Onion of diplomacy.
Obama heads to Congress for last-minute trade push
Today there will be a make-or-break vote on legislation that would grant the president authority to finalize a sweeping trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim nations.
The quality of this 8K YouTube video is so good you probably won't be able to watch it
Is 'Ghost Towns' too real for you?
Dear America, this is what you look like when you visit us. Love, the World
How do you spot an American? Here's what the rest of the planet thinks.
Google Street View goes underwater for #WorldOceansDay
'Mapping the ocean is key to preserving it.'
U.S. top court backs Obama, invalidates Jerusalem passport law
US-USA-COURT-JERUSALEM:U.S. top court backs Obama, invalidates Jerusalem passport law
How doughnuts were invented
Happy National Doughnut Day!
It may be time to disconnect and move to the woods
Between NSA surveillance and foreign hackers, it's hard to imagine that any of our information is private any more.
The USA Freedom Act includes a controversial provision that nobody is talking about
The new law does more than limit NSA surveillance, but Americans are too excited about modest privacy reforms to notice.
It's getting harder for super skinny models to find work these days
Governments, regulators and even the fashion industry itself are cracking down.
White House threatens to veto bill restricting travel to Cuba
Congress wants to curb the number of flights and cruise ships going from the US to Cuba at a time when the Obama administration is encouraging open travel.
Ex-detainee says CIA sexually abused and tortured him in ways not detailed by Senate report
Majid Khan said interrogators, some of whom smelled of alcohol, poured ice water on his genitals, videotaped him naked and repeatedly touched his "private parts."
Americans just got a little bit of their freedom back
A law that allowed US spy agencies to collect in bulk domestic telephone metadata has expired.
US Vice President Biden's son Beau dies of cancer, aged 46
Beau Biden, the eldest son of US Vice President Joe Biden and the former attorney general of Delaware, has died of brain cancer, his family announced Saturday. He was 46.
Sepp Blatter wins fifth term as FIFA president despite corruption storm
The election followed the the arrest on Wednesday of seven FIFA officials, including two vice presidents, accused by US authorities of taking tens of millions of dollars in bribes.
U.S. drops Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism
US-CUBA-USA:U.S. drops Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism