Donald Trump has criticized the Obama administration for failing to use the element of surprise in the current military offensive on the Iraqi city of Mosul. But is that a valid complaint? And does it even make a difference?
Eighty years ago, the East End of London had one of the biggest riots in the city's history. Tens of thousands of Londoners clashed with police after right-wing extremists attempted to march through a Jewish neighborhood.
Archaeologists have found a huge monument buried in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan. Petra is well known as the backdrop for dozens of Hollywood movies from Indiana Jones to the Mummy Returns. Now there appears to be a real life secret temple.
Seventy-five years ago this week, the world was turned upside down when Hitler and Stalin signed a pact of alliance. Within days Hitler invaded Poland, starting World War II. Roger Moorhouse, a historian, has a new book out on the momentous but often-forgotten "Devils' Alliance."
The hostility between John F. Kennedy and Fidel Castro's Cuba is legendary. But newly-released documents show that Kennedy had plans to reconcile with Cuba — plans scuttled when he was assassinated. PRI's The World takes this look back at "The World that Was."
A bunch of places in Ukraine and Crimea end in "-opol", from the ancient Greek word for city: polis. That's no accident. Russia chose those names after conquering the Black Sea region from the Turks. But why?
There's a lot of confusion in Delhi over what to do about a massive Indian diamond — the Koh-i-Noor — that's been in the British crown jewels for more than 160 years. India's solicitor general says the Brits acquired it fairly, but the rest of the government says otherwise, and now wants it back.
President Barack Obama is visiting Hiroshima, Japan, the first city to experience the effects of an atomic bomb. Put yourself into the shoes of those who suffered from the atomic bomb attacks in Japan: What if the Hiroshima atomic bomb hit your hometown?
Thousands of people were instantly killed after the US dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. About 140,000 would die from complications as a result of the bombing by the end of the year. Here are a selection of historical images on the ground in Hiroshima after the bomb was dropped.
Scientists are pleased with preliminary tests for a new cure for MRSA, the deadly antibiotic-resistant infection. But it's not a fancy new technology: The new remedy was found in an Anglo-Saxon medical book that's more than 1000 years old.
Archaeologists have uncovered what might be the oldest battlefield in the world, in a boggy valley in northern Germany. The remains of hundreds of slain warriors and their armor and weapons have been recovered. The researchers say the find is changing everything that history knows about society and warfare in Bronze Age Europe.
As we continue our series about immigrants' first days in America, we interview William and Alice Bradford, religious refugees from England. They risked their lives on an ocean crossing to start afresh in what they refer to as "the new world."