James Foley's kidnapping and murder is an sad trend in the war in Syria, but it's paying off for terrorist groups. They've collected millions of dollars in ransoms, and journalist David Rohde, who spent seven months in Taliban captivity, says current kidnapping policies aren't keeping journalists safe.
Was the shooting of Michael Brown an isolated incident or another chapter in America's history of racial division? The events in Ferguson have brought that question back to the front of national news, and some people think it needs to stay there.
Kevin Fisher-Paulson is a white police officer. His adopted son Zane is black. Now, as Zane grows up, he has to navigate discussions of policing and race — and how to protect his son from circumstances he never had to experience.
When you think of flowers, you might think of Holland. But the owners of an Oberlin, Ohio, greenhouse are working with the Dutch — as well as flower growers from 12 other countries — to master the art of growing the perfect orchid.
This isn't the setup for a joke: Last week, after the death of Robin Williams, a US Army veteran and a supporter of Islamic militant group ISIS tweeted their regrets. Soon the pair were swapping recollections of their favorite Williams movies and other pop culture trivia.
Governments in Central American countries like El Salvador anticipate a big flood of migrants returning from the United States after being detained. But those migrants are coming back to the same depressed, and sometimes violent, conditions that forced them to leave in the first place.
Ansgar Graw, a reporter with the German newspaper Die Welt, has years of experience in places like the Gaza Strip, China, Vietnam, Iraq and Cuba. But Graw had never been arrested for reporting — until he went to Ferguson, Missouri.
Despite her better judgment, New York-based Russian writer Anya Ulinich uses the web to seek out potential mates. She finds it all but impossible to interpret the profiles of American men, and they don't understand her any better.
A year-long investigation by the New York Times shows the huge unmet need for kidney transplants across the world, and how Costa Rica has become a key place for people willing to buy themselves off of massive waiting lists.
What makes the issue of citizenship so divisive? What does the “path to citizenship” look like now and what obstacles already exist for immigrants? What impact might the different plans have on this country? Join an online discussion.
You may have noticed that more and more wine bottles — even expensive ones — are increasingly coming with screw tops and synthetic stoppers. You might not think much about the stopper when you make a purchase, but cork producers want you to start. They're mounting a campaign to show that real cork is better for the planet.
The Soccket is a soccer ball with a twist — a generator inside that turns kicks into power that can run a small lamp. Its American inventors and celebrity backers say it provides hours of light so poor children in homes without electricity can study at night. But this bright idea has run into some technical problems.
Primetime dramas in South Korea — known as K-Dramas — are filled with implausible story lines, complete with romantic twists and turns. They’ve been popular in Asia for years, but thanks to online streaming websites, they’re now gaining a cult-like following in the US.
Around the world, revelations about NSA spying have caused outrage and protests. But not so much in the US. In fact, older Americans seem more worried than digitally plugged-in youth, whose electronic lives are being monitored. One researcher says young people don't seem so worried about the government acting as Big Brother.
After 10 years of wars in two countries, PTSD is a very real problem for more people than ever before. But PTSD can affect other people who have never served in a war zone. For them, sensitive material can trigger terrible, sometimes violent reactions.
As the Arctic regions warm, the oil industry wants to drill offshore in the northernmost seas. But given the logistical challenges of drilling in the Arctic and increasing concerns about climate change, does it even make sense to try?
A growing surge of unaccompanied children from Central America are crossing into the US illegally. Once they're removed from federal custody, these kids face a major hurdle: navigating the US courts, most often without an attorney.
President Barack Obama's climate policies have got a lot of attention recently. One initiative that has slipped under the radar, though, are so-called regional "climate hubs," designed to help farmers deal with global warming on a local level.
The World Health Organization has issued some strong advice as part of its global campaign to prevent HIV and AIDS. WHO wants sexually active gay men to take antiretrovirals! Even those who are not HIV-positive should know about the preventive treatment, known as PreEP or "pre exposure prophylaxis."
It may seem ghoulish — pumping people full of cold saltwater to chill them down when they receive severe injuries — but the technique has had stunning success in animal trials and is now moving into its first human tests. The aim is to buy time to treat wounds.