Liberian Patrice Juah boarded a plane from Monrovia this week to come to the US. When she arrived at Washington's Dulles International aiport, she encountered a host of new screening measures, including a system for 21 days of self-monitoring. She says she came away impressed and reassured
Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a reserve soldier in the Canadian Forces, was shot and killed in the first of two shooting incidents in Ottawa, Canada, Wednesday. A suspect is also confirmed dead while law enforcement officials have declined to say if they believe the suspect acted alone or with others.
Jordan Matson, from Racine, Wisconsin, was once a soldier in the US Army. Today Matson is a volunteer fighter with a Kurdish militia in northern Syria, fighting against ISIS and hoping to bring more Americans over to join the war.
Oscar de la Renta, who died on Monday at 82, was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. But after leaving at 18 and becoming famous around the world, he still maintained ties to his home and fellow fashion designers there, who are clamoring to have a street named after him.
It may not be deadly, but the chikungunya virus has swept across the Caribbean and led Jamaica to declare a national state of emergency. The painful illness has infected thousands, and the island's government is hoping to clamp down on the disease with new information campaigns.
Iguala, Mexico is a place that's hostile to outsiders and heavily controlled by drug cartels. That makes it an extremely difficult — and dangerous — place to look for the 43 missing students who were allegedly abducted by the local police force.
Ash trees across North America have been falling by the million to an invasive beetle from China, the emerald ash borer. Now scientists in New Hampshire and elsewhere are introducing another bug from China in a last-ditch effort to save some ash trees.
After serving in the military as a man for nearly two decades, Caroline Paige became the Royal Air Force's first openly transgender officer in 1998. She says her colleagues have accepted her like any other officer, and she wants to help lift bans on transgender people serving in places like the United States.
In 1950, singles were just 22 percent of the adult population. Now, they've taken over. More than half of American adults are single, and that may have some surprising benefits — from the way people join civic groups and socialize to how they take part in the lives of their hometowns.
The conversation about events in Ferguson involves race, but maybe not in the way you think. While a new study showed that most white Americans don't have non-white friends, many people say it shouldn't be taken as an indicator of personal racism but rather large-scale issues that deserve the real attention.
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.
It was a rare political moment: the US Secretary of State paying a compliment to Cuba. But that’s what happened Friday when John Kerry commended Cuba's role in West Africa, where the island nation has sent more health workers than any other country — and plans to send even more in the coming weeks.
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.
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.
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.
Matthew Gates came home from Afghanistan about two years ago. He served there with the Army's 10th Mountain Division. These days, he's attending cooking school. Gates says he's hoping to start a new career built around his connection to food.
Tensions subsided in Ferguson after lightly-equipped police largely replaced SWAT teams and armored vehicles on city streets. After more than a decade of such "Darth Vader gear" being the norm at protests, it may be time for a shift in tactics.
The group in Syria that was holding US journalist Theo Curtis is called the Nusra Front. It's affiliated with al-Qaeda, but opposed to the Islamic State movement. Shadi Hamid, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, parses out who's who.
The US has spent billions of dollars on Afghan reconstruction, but much of it not very smartly. A special inspector general has been appointed to try and find the misspent funds and discern who's responsible.
As mom and apple pie are to America, so are Gordie Howe and Tim Hortons to Canada. But after being sold to Burger King, some Canadians are concerned the American company will bring unwelcome changes to the nation's favorite cup of joe.
The Washington Redskins face growing demands to change their team's nickname, which many Native Americans say is offensive. The public debate is also putting pressure on other teams, like the Edmonton Eskimos, that also use native imagery.
First, electron microscopes let scientists see into the atomic world like never before. Now, some of those scientists are able to create their own microscopic landscapes using new chemical technologies. And they're hoping NanoArt is on the verge of going mainstream.