Why the new initiative is so controversial among US conservatives.
Pyongyang has cut the last military hotline to the South and says it's ready to target US bases in Hawaii, Guam, and South Korea. So why is there no sign the North is really girding for war?
While appearing to be yet another victim of Europe's debt crisis, Cyprus is suffering in part due to unique characteristics including an oversized reliance on foreign depositors and a tiny economy.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently announced plans to cancel a planned US missile defense network in Europe, and instead beef up its interceptors in the Pacific.
How the 'outsider' status of Pope Francis and his frugal ways may portend a shake-up for the Catholic Church.
$85 billion in across-the-board cuts to defense and social programs took effect March 1. The cuts must occur this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Here's how things look.
On Feb. 15, asteroid 2012 DA14, discovered a year ago, cleared Earth by a scant 17,200 miles. The same day, a smaller, unrelated asteroid that no one saw coming exploded 12 to 15 miles above Russia’s Chelyabinsk region. Events that day highlight the risk that near-Earth objects (NEOs) can pose – although to some extent, humans can counter them.
Despite - or perhaps because of - strong international pressure, North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date. Now analysts say that hopes for improved relations are on hold.
On Tuesday, the United States marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the historic US Supreme Court decision that granted women the right to an abortion. Here is a look at the state of abortion rights in America today.
After billions of dollars in aid spent to help Haiti 'build back better' from its devastating earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, hundreds of thousands are still without homes.
Idle No More, a protest movement of Canada's First Nations native peoples, has been locking up the country with protests and blockades. Who are they, and what do they want?
Per capita ownership of firearms in the US has doubled since 1968.
Here are eight tax changes under the 'fiscal cliff' deal that may hit your pocketbook.
As the debate over gun control rages on, the firearms industry in the United States is thriving. Here are seven key figures.
Critics say the placement and size of a newly proposed Israeli build-out would doom a two-state deal.
Austerity's bite revives a long-running independence push for Spain's Catalonia. How likely is its success?
M23 rebels have taken over a key city in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
An investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation has now called into question the private lives and careers of two of the nation’s top national-security officials. Here is an accounting of what is known so far.
The newly chosen Coptic pope finds his people in a perilous situation.
The Palestinians are seeking a global mandate for statehood at the United Nations. Israel warns the move would nullify the Oslo Accords.
Britain released Islamist preacher Abu Qatada on bail Monday after a British court ruled he could not be extradited to Jordan.
Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir vowed today to retaliate against Israel for a recent alleged airstrike. The Monitor explains the background of the dispute.
Here are four ways that a 269-to-269 tie in the Electoral College could play out in the 2012 presidential election.
China's once-a-decade power transition in November may promote these five party members.
Here are the four third-party candidates – and their issues – that you can expect to see vetted in their lone presidential debate in Campaign 2012.