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Heat wave after heat wave is devastating South Asia
Thousands have died in less than two months.
White Americans are the biggest terror threat in the United States
Since Sept. 11, 2001, it is white supremacists and other right-wing groups that account for the majority of terrorist attacks on US soil, a new report finds.
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.
The long-feared 'Grexit' could soon become a reality
If neither side blinks, that is. Months of stalemate reach a climax today, as officials from the IMF and the euro zone meet over a last-ditch credit deal to keep Greece afloat.
There are some fascinating tidbits in the leaked Saudi diplomatic cables
But for the most part they include nothing we didn't already know.
Call it an arms race
Russia and NATO are gearing up, just in case.
There are now more refugees around the world than any other time in the last 50 years
The world is breaking the wrong kinds of records.
The Pope appears to have accepted the science of climate change
And it's potentially game-changing.
The US has killed Al Qaeda's No. 2 again. Does it even matter?
America keeps killing terrorist leaders. But terrorism doesn't go away.
The terrorist formerly known as 'The Uncatchable' might just need a new nickname
Algerian terrorist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar is dead. Or is he?
Lions and tigers and bears! Literally on the loose! Also so is Omar al-Bashir!
It's a dream headline, but definitely not all fun and games. At least 10 people died in Tbilisi, after floods overwhelmed a local zoo and set animals free from their cages.
If you thought Australia's border policy couldn't be more unsympathetic, you were wrong
It is apparently now paying people smugglers to turn their boats around.
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.