An Italian appeals court has tossed out most of the convictions in the case involving earthquake scientists and a public official in L'Aquila, Italy. They had earlier been found guilty of failing to warn the public about risks right before a deadly quake hit, killing more than 300 people.
North Koreans refer to their supreme leader Kim Jong-Un is the "respected marshal." But that didn't stop the United Nations General Assembly from passing a resolution on North Korea’s human rights record that brings Kim one step closer to being charged with crimes against humanity.
If you've spent much time on YouTube, you've probably seen a video of a man in a unitard dancing with a pumpkin on his head. It's so bad, it's good. But have you ever wondered how that video came to be?
The protests that forced Burkina Faso's longtime ruler to step down are echoing on the other side of the continent, where young protesters in Djibouti are calling for their own leader to step down after 15 years. They face not only a repressive government, but its international supporters as well.
Saudi Arabia has been criticized for years for refusing to allow women to drive in the kingdom. That ban may soon be lifted — though the change comes with some fine print. Meanwhile, leaked documents reveal how IKEA avoids paying corporate taxes. And the Miss Uganda competition takes an agricultural turn. Those stories and more, in today's Global Scan.
The US responded to Ebola quickly, and succeeded in stamping out the small number of known cases. Now that the last Ebola patient in the country has been cleared, one doctor says it's time to refocus on West Africa.
After 11 years of traveling to and writing about Yemen, American journalist and scholar Gregory Johnsen was nearly kidnapped there earlier this year. He says it's a sign of how much more dangerous and unforgiving the country has become for Americans.
And the Latin Grammy for best immigration reform plan goes to ... Barack Obama! The Latin Grammys, held on Thursday night in Las Vegas, delayed the start of the show for the announcement of new executive actions on immigration, and then cheered the new rules for the rest of the night.
Nearly 140 years ago, John D. Rockefeller Sr. co-founded Standard Oil, which revolutionized the petroleum industry and helped build one of the largest family fortunes in US history. He also helped revolutionize philanthropy, creating, among other funds, the Rockefeller Foundation. Now his great-grandson, David Rockefeller Jr., chairs the foundation and is using its influence and money to help save our seas.
China is the world's largest tobacco market — and that's partially because it's so cheap and easy to get. But now the country's government is looking to ratchet up the restrictions. That story and more in today's Global Scan.
It's been two years ago since Hurricane Sandy destroyed large swaths of New York city and caused huge damage across the Northeast. Undocumented immigrants dealt with the danger and dirt of the cleanup, getting low wages and health problems for the work that got communities back on their feet.
Repairing spinal cord injuries and restoring movement to a paralyzed person has been the subject of intense research for decades — but success has always seemed out of reach. Now a new type of surgery has allowed a Polish man to walk again after having been paralyzed.
The city of Jerusalem is caught in a violent downward spiral. Deadly attacks, street clashes and religious tensions are all on the rise. And they point to signs of trouble ahead for this long-simmering flashpoint in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.