From the rise of the Islamic State group to the truculence of Vladimir Putin, new tensions surfaced that may presage global shifts in power and prosperity in 2015.
Two families show how Banda Aceh has defied a disaster, a decade later.
Consumers get lower heating bills and prices at the pump. Russia, Iran, and Venezuela face shrinking treasuries, while Saudi Arabia tries to still US drills.
The animal-welfare movement gains momentum as consumers pressure farming interests to institute better treatment of chickens, pigs, and other food animals.
Now that he's got the power role he's always wanted, the Senate dealmaker must navigate between a rebellious G.O.P. and a legacy-minded president.
Interfaith marriages that remain with mixed-faith partners has shot up to 40 percent, from 20 percent in the 1960s. And raising interfaith families is increasingly common and supported by a growing number of grass-roots organizations.
Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities act – which turns 25 next year – and a demanding and aging baby boom generation, the nation has fewer limits for those with physical impairments.
Embedded with US Marines in the battle for Fallujah in 2004, Monitor staff writer Scott Peterson tracks down the ‘Death Dealers’ of Charlie Company on the 10th anniversary of that pivot point in the Iraq War. They are winning the after-war back home in the US, one battle at a time.
Part 4 of 4: Jason Grumet of the Bipartisan Policy Center suggests cutting down on the time spent fundraising, doing away with the 'toothpick rule,' and revamping the primary system.
Part 3 of 4: Congressional expert Sarah Binder believes lawmakers need to move power from party leaders back to committee chairs and curb leaks to the media.
Part 2 of 4: Dennis Hastert wants to bring back backroom deals and loosen restrictions on travel and who lawmakers can meet with.
Part 1 of 4: Tom Daschle and Trent Lott urge lawmakers to spend more time in Washington, build relationships across the aisle, and retool the committee process.
As Israelis grow skeptical about achieving peace, they have walled themselves off from their Arab neighbors.
A pro football player uses a switch on his child, and an American cultural divide between races, regions, and religions is exposed.
A decades-long quest to save the north Atlantic right whale is helping revive a species that is a bellwether of the health of the oceans.
Why TV's plunge into backwoods family, danger, and colloquial wisdom transfixes America (and the world). Do the shows depict caricatures or gritty authenticity?
A writer from liberal Massachusetts goes to Texas to deal with a family oil well. What he learned about fracking, salt domes, and America's energy future.
UN climate change chief Christiana Figueres is a long distance runner and constant traveler who calls wherever she is "home." Here is a thumbnail profile.
How UN climate change chief Christiana Figueres became a fierce crusader to lower Earth's thermostat. A visceral connection to the planet – from the now-extinct golden toads of her childhood in the Costa Rican jungle to shrinking glaciers – moves her to tears.
Scotland's vote on independence, and a later referendum on Britain's membership in the EU, spur questions about the country's role in the world.
America's elite and invisible smoke jumpers parachute in at the first coil of smoke. Meet a man with 700 jumps.
Robert Brack's crowded docket in a New Mexico federal courtroom shows the effects of a tougher US immigration policy.
The standardized state of US schools today grew from the Reagan blueprint, ‘A Nation at Risk.’ Why that legacy matters now.
One of Wall Street's longest booms in 85 years may be nearing its end. Why it has boosted the rich far more than the rest of America.
With the removal of many dams, conservationists are seeing the return of the natural bounty that fed Native Americans and astonished European settlers.