Here are four men who are leading candidates for president. Afghans will vote on April 5.
A recent spill of coal ash in North Carolina underscores the challenge of disposing hazardous substances captured from power plant stacks. Are we diverting air pollutants into our waterways?
Russia's new state media is helping shape perceptions in Ukraine and the rest of the Russian-speaking world. It is slick, professional, and rooted in heavily spun truth.
Spring is the housing market's time of greatest activity, and this year, the story of US real estate varies by location. One common theme: A recovery is well under way, but not yet complete.
If sanctions related to Russia's annexation of Crimea intensify, Russia may speed efforts to boost its industrial and energy ties in Asia.
Europe has sanctioned Russian individuals in response to the Crimea crisis, but it confronts an inescapable fact when it comes to targeting Russia's natural gas and oil exports.
The FCC has applied 'neutrality' to its oversight of the Internet: Everyone’s data reaches the same audience in the same way. But the Internet’s gatekeepers, such as Verizon and Comcast, have been trying to reshape the federal regulatory landscape.
Sand is used in the fracking process, and there's plenty of it to be mined in the upper Midwest. As a sand-mining boom has emerged, residents are divided over whether it's lifting or ruining their communities.
The business community in western Michoácan, Mexico, is trying to regain its footing after years of terror under the thumb of the Knights Templar criminal gang.
The vigilante movement has been hailed in Mexican towns where the Knights Templar cartel wrecked havoc, but it raises questions about extralegal policing.
One of Europe's most comprehensive welfare states is trying to build a 'participation society' – asking people to do more to help each other before turning to the government for aid.
Copper-rich Zambia is open for business, not exploitation.
Investors from South Korea to Brazil and from India to South Africa are the new kids on the African block. Nor have old investors like the US, UK, France and Australia pulled out.
Mozambique is Africa's eighth poorest nation says one index -- and its 12th richest says another.
Nine in 10 students attend charter schools in New Orleans, which sought to transform failing public schools after hurricane Katrina. No other US city has gone so far down the charter path. Here's a look at the results so far.
Tension and gridlock have defined dealings between President Obama and Congress ever since Republicans took control of the House in 2010. Yet big issues, including immigration and weak job growth, remain unresolved.
For years, boycott efforts in Europe seemed to be only symbolic gestures. But several major efforts announced in the past year, including one by the EU, are raising alarm.
The 3.6 million long-term unemployed account for 2.3 percent of the nation's workforce – still a historically high level in Year 5 of the recovery – posing potential problems for the economy.
This winter has brought unseasonable warmth to Alaska, frigid temperatures to much of the Eastern US, and more drought to California. The jury is still out on whether a warmer Arctic is behind the extreme weather.
While neighboring nations turn to their armed forces for help fighting drug trafficking and violence, no-military Costa Rica taps into other approaches.
Unleashing soldiers across Latin America may seem like an incongruity in a region that suffered from decades of military dictatorships and wars, but with drug-related violence on the rise, some nations say there's no other option.
The Olympics offer viewers a story line as much as a sports competition, and every good story needs leading men and women to play their parts. So far, it's not clear who will be the face of the Sochi Games, to Americans.
Sochi Olympics reignite memories of Soviet successes that brought prestige. Can the 2014 Olympic hosts do well at this year's medal table?
The number of Americans asserting their right to carry concealed guns has exploded – from less than a million a few decades ago to as many as 11 million now. There's evidence that gun prevalence can deter crime, but preventable tragedies perturb.
Japan's prime minister is credited with reviving its deflated economy. He's also accused of setting Japan on a collision course with China. The reality is more complex.