Politics and Society
President Barack Obama intends to address climate change, gay rights, immigration reform and a whole host of other issues in his second term. He laid them out in a 20-minute inaugural address that surprised many -- and delighted many of his fellow Democrats.
Every four years, a president is sworn in to office in the United States. Traditionally, that person, delivers an address to the nation, laying out priorities for his term. But typically, when that president is doing so for the second time, it's a shorter address....
Hispanics played a major role in deciding November's presidential election. And now, as President Barack Obama prepares to start his second term with an eye on immigration reform, many Hispanic activists are hoping to take that new power and put it to work....
Gambling is illegal in Japan, much to the consternation of American casino companies. Gaming, however, isn't. Enter pachinko. Determined to be a game, people spend a great deal of money in the hopes of winning rewards....
The stigmatization of mental health illnesses in the U.S. military is but one factor in increased suicide rates among soldiers who have returned home. And though the Pentagon has said suicide prevention is a high priority, some critics say more action needs to be taken....
After gruesome attacks against women in India gained international attention, several global discussions about gender roles have taken off. Some critics say fathers are they key to changing attitudes that allow these attacks to happen....
As more Mexicans who moved to the United States are returning to Mexico, some by choice, others because of deportation, they're bringing with them children who've never known Mexico. Often, they don't know Spanish either, which puts them at a huge disadvantage in Mexican schools....
Enrique Meneses gained international fame for his photos of Fidel Castro as he led his guerrillas in a revolution against Cuba's leaders. But over the years, he photographed from countless other conflict zones. He died on Sunday in Madrid, succumbing to health problems....
Sexual assault and rape is a global problem. The case of two Ohio high schools football players, charged with sexually assaulting an incoherent high school girl, coupled with the violent case in India, has experts calling for a multi-pronged approach to dealing with sexual violence....
An Icelandic teen called "girl" by the Icelandic government, is suing for the right to use the name given to her by her mother. And though the name has previously been used for other women and men, this is the first time someone has taken the matter to court....
- Syrian mother faces struggle over whether to return to husband, home as civil war rages
- Deadly tornado rips through Oklahoma City suburbs, killing dozens
- Syria’s civil war ends long quiet in Israeli-controlled Golan Heights
- American diplomat expelled from Russia for spying evokes memories of Cold War
- While 11 million people may live in U.S. illegally -- the impact extends to millions more
- Tel Aviv offers insights as Boston prepares permanent memorial to Boston Marathon victims
- Police in Cleveland trying to figure out how man hid abducted women for a decade
- Fence along U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego represents a barrier and a bridge
- Purported Israel's strike on Syria seen in wider context of Hezbollah, Iran
- Post-Holocaust 'avenger' tells stories of revenge squads
- Among Myanmar's large Buddhist population, monks, monasteries play important role
- 'I am a Mormon' campaign launches in London, in response to play's debut
- Yangon Muslims watch nervously as violence spreads in Myanmar
- New Pope Francis gets less than warm greeting from Venezuela
- New book seeks to guide Orthodox Jewish newly weds in sexual intimacy
- Latino Catholics in the U.S. embrace Catholic Church's new Argentinian pope
- Argentina's Dirty War revisited after new pope is elected
- Catholic Church unveils Pope Francis as next leader
- Bulgaria chooses new religious leader -- with complex past
- American rabbi elected to Israeli Knesset with hopes of bridging sectarian divide
- States consider reforms to help domestic workers move out of shadows
- Ukraine’s Asgarda martial arts program recasts Amazon warrior women
- Undocumented immigrant caregiver tells story from inside invisible workforce
- Meat processing across the Midwest largely done by immigrants
- China's hukou system puts migrant workers at severe economic disadvantage
- Ethnic Karen refugees from Myanmar find foothold in North Carolina
- Pakistani women have new tools to fight disfiguring acid attacks
- Some immigrant women, victims of domestic violence, afraid to seek help
- Grand jury will convene to consider more charges in Ohio rape case
- Congress holds hearing on changing how military handles sexual assault cases