World’s No. 2 pot-growing nation says it won’t legalize
In the wake of neighboring Uruguay's marijuana revolution, Paraguay's president wants to keep pot illegal.
In Dominican Republic, a T-shirt factory sets the highest bar for workers’ rights
One group of workers who earn a high wage and unusual benefits is helping others earn the same.
What you need to know about the jobless benefits debate
While federal unemployment benefits expired Dec. 28 for 1.3 million Americans, a new bill backed by President Obama that would extend them is giving hope for some help.
It’s a cold, cold world: The lowest temperatures ever recorded on Earth
Sure, North America is cold right now. But our planet can get a lot colder.
8 reasons Uruguay’s not all that
Media have hyped up the tiny South American country that just legalized weed. Sorry for the buzz kill, but …
What is a polar vortex? (And when is it going away?)
Twenty-six states were under wind chill warnings or watches Monday as most of the US shivered under record cold, and a weather phenomenon known as a "polar vortex" is largely to blame.
Activists accuse World Bank of deadly dealings in Honduras
An internal report is set to raise the lid on funding for an industry that’s forcing farmers off the land.
World obesity levels surge
The Overseas Development Institute said more meat, fat and sugar in the diets of emerging nations means more cancer, diabetes and heart attacks across the globe.
A new poll says these nations are the top 4 threats to world peace. Guess who's number one.
Nearly 25 percent of the 68 countries surveyed by WIN/Gallup International named the US the biggest threat to world peace today.
Town evacuated after North Dakota train collision (VIDEO)
Authorities evacuated an entire town Monday night following a train collision and derailment in North Dakota that sparked a huge fire, sending a fireball and dangerous smoke into the frigid skies.
ACLU sues US for details of Executive Order 12333
The ACLU is hoping to obtain information on the Executive Order, which helps govern the surveillance of foreign targets abroad.
Chaparrastique volcano in El Salvador erupts, prompts evacuations (VIDEO)
The Chaparrastique volcano in El Salvador continued to spew gas and ash into the air on Monday after erupting Sunday.
Times report: 'No evidence' of Al Qaeda in Benghazi attack
An extensive New York Times investigation turned up "no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault" that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Long-term unemployment benefits expire: Here's what you need to know
Federal unemployment benefits expired Saturday for 1.3 million long-term jobless Americans, cutting off a key economic lifeline after Congress failed to agree on an extension as part of the recent budget deal.
Beirut bombing kills former Lebanese ambassador to US, 5 others (VIDEO)
Damascus denied it was involved in the Beirut bombing that killed Mohamad Chatah, a former Lebanese finance minister who staunchly opposed Syrian President Assad.
Personally, for Snowden, mission validated and accomplished
'For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished,' Snowden told the Washington Post. 'I already won.'
Uruguay's neighbors now considering legalization of pot
The taboo is broken: Argentina's new anti-drug czar says the country ‘deserves’ the debate, while Chile's new president could ease marijuana laws.
Colorado school shooting victim passes away
Seventeen-year-old Arapahoe High School student dies from her wounds, after the December 13th shooting.
Judge strikes down Utah gay marriage ban
A federal judge struck down the ban on same-sex marriage in Utah, ruling it violates the US Constitution.
Webby Awards: 60 Seconds on Earth (Experimental & Weird 2013)
'60 Seconds on Earth' is a regular GlobalPost series where our correspondents in the field produce video snapshots of the places and people that we find important, impressive, crazy or just unmistakably cool.
Defying White House, senators unveil new Iran sanctions bill
The debate over whether to impose new sanctions on Iran is dividing Congress as a top Democratic senator unveiled legislation that would punish the country if it violates an interim nuclear deal.
Latin America has a homophobic killing problem
The gruesome murders of gays in the region are shocking. So is how rarely the violence gets reported.
The US executed fewer people in 2013
Nine states have carried out 39 executions over the past year — down from 43 in 2012, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Rob Ford takes heat for bizarre dance break in council meeting (VIDEO)
Still in the throes of a crack cocaine scandal, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford put his dancing shoes on and cut a rug in a bizarre dance break during Tuesday's city council meeting.
White House releases full NSA data collection report
Five-member panel on NSA surveillance recommends sweeping changes to legislation, limiting its reach.
2013 was the second worst year for journalists in jail
More than 200 journalists have been imprisoned this year so far, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Bipartisan budget deal clears Congress, heads to Obama
Pushing politics aside for a change, the Senate passed a bipartisan budget deal Wednesday that will fund the federal government for the next two years.
As the budget deal nears approval, what it means for you
The Senate is close to passing a bipartisan budget deal that would fund the federal government for the next two years, but what will it mean for you?
The most expensive place for expats? You'll never guess
Not Tokyo. Not London. Think south, and left.
In New York City, a fitting tribute to Nelson Mandela (VIDEO)
At a church on New York's Upper West Side, a congregation says goodbye.
Michelle Bachelet is Chile's next president, again
Promising a raft of left-wing reforms, Chile's one-time president Michelle Bachelet beat rival Evelyn Matthei by a landslide in Sunday's run-off vote.