Scientists have now identified 1,000 planets revolving around other suns, and 12 of those might actually be able to support life. Finding another Earth within the decade is not outside the realm of possibility.
The dismissal of an outspoken academic at China's top university has sparked renewed debate over the degree to which US universities abroad can maintain their core values.
Xia Yeliang, an outspoken government critic was dismissed from his teaching job at China's top university last month.
Given the extent of the problems with the Obamacare website, it's a tall order to get HealthCare.gov working by Nov. 30. But even if that happens, the goal of getting millions of uninsured people insured still lies ahead.
Obama approval rating has taken a dive, recent polls show. The botched rollout of HealthCare.gov is a likely factor, but it's just one in a series of stumbles making the president appear 'detached.'
Russia's population is shrinking, making immigrants critical to the country's well-being. But xenophobia – highlighted by a Moscow race riot two weeks ago – is on the rise.
Despite being near a crisis point, there is almost no discussion of immigration reform in Russia. The reason, according to experts: corruption.
Minneapolis' R.T. Rybak, New York's Michael Bloomberg, and Boston's Tom Menino will all have successors after Nov. 5 municipal elections. Each has served at least 12 years as mayor, and all leave an imprint on America's urban landscape.
The Middle East is becoming a hotbed of online entrepreneurs. E-commerce sales grew 70 percent in 2011, outpacing all other regions.
As Israel's start-up ecosystem matures, technology companies are seeking to create a footprint there. Tel Aviv is ranked the No. 2 spot in the world for start-ups.
A 4-year cyberattack-and-espionage campaign targeting key South Korean institutions suggests North Korean cyberwarfare capabilities are far more potent than previously believed.
Torrential flooding in northern Colorado destroyed homes, damaged highways, and rerouted rivers. Many of the issues now facing residents and communities have come into sharp focus in the small town of Lyons.
The international effort to destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpile is unprecedented for its tight deadline and dangerous security situation.
Iraq is the only other country that has been forced to surrender its chemical weapons.
Washington's logjam over the government shutdown, and its wrangling over raising the national debt limit, have already slowed economic growth, many economists say. But threat of a debt default is grave enough to coax lawmakers to resolve differences, they hope.
'Sahelistan' is what the French foreign minister calls the sub-Saharan zone of Sahel. Al Qaeda-linked groups from places like Mail and Nigeria have been driven into hiding there and hit Western targets. The zone may become a 'breeding ground' for terrorists, says the UN Security Council.
They call it the 'sharing economy': people going online to rent out rooms in their homes, set up informal ride-shares, or repair car brakes in your driveway. Even as the trend booms, it is meeting resistance from established businesses, city officials, and even neighbors. Can they stop it?
In Englewood, a troubled neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, community engagement programs hint at a budding transformation. But some residents say it might take years for tangible changes to come to this 'cultural desert.'
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has preached a message of moderation and cooperation – a sharp departure from his predecessor, known for his anti-West tirades.
New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seeking to change Iran's tone at the UN.
Speculation is afoot after the Justice Department signaled it will mostly leave to states the responsibility to regulate use. Washington State and Colorado are already working out details of legal marijuana.
The rise in suburban poverty reflects long-term demographic shifts – America is more than ever a suburban nation – as well as economic changes.
Latin America's mixed feelings about its mineral wealth.
El Salvador's clergy came out strongly against mining in 2007, condemning the environmental and social damage it can cause.
In Congo, Chinese are settling in with businesses and bargains that locals love. At one copper smelting plant, Chinese and locals work together but live apart.