BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan—An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are to blast off early Saturday to begin a year away from Earth. Of the three-man team,...
Is the Fish You Buy Caught by Slaves?
BENJINA, Indonesia—The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands... Read more
Why Are We so Obsessed With Plane Crashes?
Even though it’s much more statistically dangerous to drive to and from your local grocery store, plane crashes—when they do happen—tend to get major news... Read more
Italy High Court Deciding Fate of ‘Very Worried’ Amanda Knox
ROME— Italy’s high court began hearing the appeal of Amanda Knox’s murder conviction Wednesday as it considered the fate of the “very worried” American student... Read more
Officials Say Yemen President Flees Aden Home As Rebels Near
SANAA, Yemen— Yemen’s embattled president fled his Aden home Wednesday for an undisclosed location as Shiite rebels neared his last refugee, five officials told The... Read more
White House Plans Slow Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the United States will slow its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, maintaining 9,800 troops in the country through the end of... Read more
Could Airplane Age Be a Factor in Crash of 24-Year-Old Germanwings A320?
The Germanwings A320 that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 onboard, was 24 years old which puts the plane into the... Read more
Nusra Front Quietly Rises in Syria as Islamic State Targeted
BEIRUT—The Nusra Front, Syria’s al-Qaida affiliate, is consolidating power in territory stretching from the Turkish border to central and southern Syria, crushing moderate opponents and... Read more
Pakistan Wants Short-Range Nuclear Missiles to Deter India
WASHINGTON—A top adviser to the government of Pakistan says it needs short-range “tactical” nuclear weapons to deter archrival India, although critics fear it could increase... Read more
US, Afghan Leaders Lay Groundwork for Postwar Relations
CAMP DAVID, Maryland—U.S. and Afghan leaders laid the groundwork Monday for new relations between the two countries linked for years as war partners, including plans... Read more
WHO Denies Politics Swayed Ebola Emergency Declaration
LONDON — The World Health Organization denied Monday that politics swayed the decision to declare an international emergency over the spread of the Ebola virus... Read more
A Glance at Women in Leadership Roles in Business Worldwide
LONDON—Companies are trying to increase the number of women in executive positions amid evidence that it brings higher profits, surveys show. Many still struggle to... Read more
Okinawa Orders Halt to Work Related to US Base Relocation
TOKYO—The governor of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa ordered a Defense Ministry branch to suspend all work at the site where a key U.S... Read more
Religious Persecution and the Need for Inter-Faith Understanding
A 2011 Pew Forum study estimated that Christians then numbered about 2.1 billion worldwide. According to the International Society for Human Rights, a secular group... Read more
2016 Athletes’ Village Set to Become Luxury Housing
RIO DE JANEIRO—Developers brag that the athletes’ village for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics will rival a five-star resort. The village will be turned... Read more
US Pullout From Afghanistan Hinged to Developing Forces
WASHINGTON—The pace of U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan will headline Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Washington, yet America’s exit from the war remains tightly... Read more
US Anti-Drugs Work in Colombia Uses Cancer-Linked Herbicide
BOGOTA, Colombia—New labeling on the world’s most popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program... Read more