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It's not looking good for the world's most distinguished terrorist group
This is the current state of Al Qaeda.
A year ago the Islamic State took its first major city. And what a year it has been
A lot has changed since the Islamic State first took Mosul.
South Korea's MERS virus outbreak: 7 dead, 95 infected, 2,500 quarantined
The director of the World Health Organization has called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome 'a threat to the entire world.'
Time for Turkey’s president to learn about sharing
For the first time since the ruling AKP came to power in 2002, Erdogan's party is now required to form a coalition government after slipping at the polls.
Who doesn't want a beer before talking about economic sanctions?
Obama and Merkel kick off the G7 in Germany with beer, lederhosen and a hard line on Russia. Oh, and a walk in a meadow.
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 fighting in eastern Ukraine is getting worse again
The Ukraine president warns of "full-scale" war as battles involving tanks erupt again in the east.
Justice may be knocking for FIFA's Sepp Blatter
Interpol is now in the game, issuing wanted person alerts for two former senior FIFA officials and four corporate executives. Is Blatter next?
A cruise ship carrying 458 people has capsized on the Yangtze river
The captain and chief engineer, who managed to survive, said the ship was hit by a tornado.
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.
FIFA acts all democratic and votes for new leader
FIFA President Sepp Blatter is expected to be reelected.
Russia and Ukraine are gearing up for all-out war
New evidence shows Russia building a huge arsenal along the Ukrainian border. Ukraine, meanwhile, it lobbying the West to send it weapons.
FIFA officials arrested on racketeering charges
Famously corrupt, it looks like the world's governing body for soccer is about to be undone.
If Iraqi forces have their way, it’s going to be a bad week for the Islamic State
Iraq is launching a large-scale military offensive that it says will liberate Ramadi and regain control of Anbar province.
It's been a really great weekend for gay people
As if the world's first popular vote legalizing gay marriage in Ireland wasn't enough, Eurovision happened.
It's been a very good week for the Islamic State
The terrorist group has taken over two key cities in two different countries in the last week.
Here is what Tony Abbott has to say to some of the most persecuted people on Earth
Compassion is apparently not the Australian prime minister's defining characteristic.
North Korea is making lavish claims of nuclear advancement again
The claims probably aren't true. But why all the bluster?
That boat full of starving asylum seekers may be lost off the coast of Thailand
A boat carrying hundreds of refugees, which no country is willing to take in, has not been seen in days.
The Islamic State takes another major Iraqi city
You might remember Ramadi. More than 1,300 American soldiers and Marines died there after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.
OK, so there was a ground raid. But who's winning the war?
The raid that captured a key Islamic State leader in Syria is being touted as a serious blow to the militant organization. The truth is we don't really know.
This is how bad it is for some of the most persecuted people on Earth
The Rohingya are fleeing terrifying persecution in Myanmar only to meet unimaginable horror in Thailand.
The meeting at Camp David today is going to be really awkward
US President Barack Obama is hosting Arab leaders at Camp David. But who is there and who isn't has everyone talking.
The US Congress has pretty much crushed the largest trade deal in history
It's a win for transparency. But not everyone's a winner.
The US Senate votes today on whether to fast-track Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership
The controversial trade deal would be a global game-changer — for better or worse.
When the Rohingya make headlines, it's rarely good news
Today is no exception. Hundreds of the persecuted Muslim minority have washed up in Indonesia. Thousands more are stuck at sea.
Brace yourselves, the UK Conservatives just won an outright majority
The UK will almost certainly shift farther to the right in the next few years.
The UK election is underway. And it's going to be a close one
Good thing it's legal to be drunk when voting in the UK.
Netanyahu makes last attempt to stay in power
The Israeli prime minister has just hours to form a coalition or step aside.
It's hard to determine the good guy in the Syrian conflict
Both government forces and the rebels are guilty of terrible crimes. A new Amnesty International report is damning.
Two extremist groups apparently clash in Texas
The American Freedom Defense Initiative, an anti-Muslim group, held a competition to draw caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in Texas. And gunmen responded.