What does it mean to be white? And what does it mean to be Hispanic? Being a Spaniard from Barcelona, Jaime Gonzalez always considered himself to be European and white. But as a BBC reporter working in California — he has found that many Americans see him differently.
Many people call the jihadist group claiming responsibility for the Paris and Beirut attacks, ISIS. Alternatively they've been called ISIL and even the Islamic State. But many in the Arab speaking world, and increasingly Western leader,s have taken to calling the group Daesh. So what does Daesh mean?
The Entergy Corporation recently announced it would soon close two aging nuclear power plants in the northeast US. At the same time, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has granted the company a new license to operate a Tennessee reactor that some experts consider one of the least safe in the nation. What does this portend for nuclear energy in the US?
Long time foes, China and Taiwan, have announced they are to hold their first ever presidential summit. They are to meet in Singapore on Saturday. Writer Michelle Chen gives her personal reaction. Chen's parents fled to Taiwan after the Communist take-over of the Mainland in 1949.
Canada has a unique system mandated in its immigration law — citizens and residents can sponsor refugees to come to their country. That means providing money, food, housing, and helping them find a job.
President Barack Obama has authorized the deployment of ground troops in Syria. Just a few dozen special forces troops will act as advisers to the Syrian opposition. Other troops are heading to Iraq. Meanwhile, 19 nations are meeting in Vienna, Austria, to see if they can come up with a plan for peace in Syria.
President Obama recently announced that some 6,000 inmates in US jails would be getting released early. It's part of the administration's drive to adjust federal drug penalties, and ease prison overcrowding. But more than 750 of these prisoners aren't US citizens, and that puts them at risk of deportation.
New York has immigrants from around the world, including huge numbers who practice Islam. Many Muslim communities here faced heavy-handed law enforcement tactics after 9/11, but they've since worked hard to defuse tensions and improve relations with federal and local authorities. The rise of ISIS as some community advocates furious.