Nearly two-thirds of Irish voters supported amending the Republic of Ireland's constitution to allow gay marriage, making it the first country to legalize gay marriage in a popular referendum.
The fall of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra to the Islamic State this week marked an opportunity for the militant group to push its propaganda forward.
Jordan's interior minister and police chief resigned in the wake of the latest death in custody of a suspect. Citizens in Maan, a city with a reputation for militancy, have adopted the slogans of US protesters to push back against police brutality.
Former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander and law professor Geoffrey Stone say it's time for Congress to put politics aside and act quickly to reform surveillance laws in order to protect American privacy and maintain an intelligence edge.
More than 150 people were praying when the huge explosion ripped through the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh, witnesses said.
Riparian water users in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta are voluntarily cutting back farm water in return for certainty through this year’s growing season. It’s a start in curbing agricultural water use in drought-stricken California.
Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo has been found not guilty in the deaths of two unarmed people in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire. The US Justice Department has determined that Cleveland police for years engaged in a pattern of using excessive force.
A divided Senate on Saturday defeated legislation that would end the government’s surveillance program and failed to extend the Patriot Act past its deadline.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has commuted Jeff Mizanskey’s life sentence for marijuana offenses, allowing him a parole hearing – an indication of the public and political shift on draconian drug laws.
A string of four new Gallup polls indicates an America that is steadily and quite rapidly moving left to support gay rights, including marriage. Within weeks, the US Supreme Court is expected to issue a landmark decision on same-sex marriage.
A round-up of global commentary for the May 25, 2015, weekly magazine.
Letters to the editor for the May 25, 2015, weekly magazine.
A Christian Science perspective: Let’s pray for freedom this Memorial Day.
With an election this past March and a new president taking power, Nigeria illustrates how a democracy stands up for its values against terrorist groups like Boko Haram.
A Christian Science perspective: Can innovation ever really come to a halt?
Expenses involved in raising children, even before they're ready for college, have skyrocketed. Here's some advice on how to evaluate the options available.
There's nothing like gliding along a lake or river on a warm summer's day. Kayaking definitely requires some gear, but the necessities don't have to cost a fortune.
In honor of the men and women who gave their lives for their country, businesses from restaurants to water parks are offering freebies, deals and discounts to active and retired military members this Memorial Day.
Senator Bernie Sanders argues that American public colleges should be tuition-free. Higher education should be, writes Robert Reich, but the US needs to reexamine and reinvent the country's entire education system to prepare for tomorrow's economy.
The annual National Restaurant Association Show kicked off on Thursday May 22 in Chicago. Workers in the industry are keeping an eye out for emerging restaurant and food trends, including the relationship between Millennials and 'fast casual.'
Eastern populations of the North American monarch have declined by 90 percent over the past 20 years. Conservation biologists hope that the buzz about the butterfly highway will inspire the public to join efforts to preserve habitat.
A new study finds that processes related to global warming are weakening several Antarctic ice shelves surprisingly quickly – causing glaciers to lose large amounts of ice.
Once down to just three small breeding groups in 1992, the Louisiana black bear has clambered back from the brink of extinction. From bald eagles to mountain lions, some of America's rarest beasts have once again found sure footing.
Environmental groups say the Santa Barbara oil spill points to the dangers of a planned expansion of tar sands oil production in California. But other experts say pipelines remain by far the safest way to transport oil.
A broken onshore pipeline spewed oil down a storm drain and into the ocean for several hours Tuesday before it was shut off, creating a slick some 4 miles along a stretch of scenic California coast.
With Uber looking to replace its current business model with self-driving vehicles, will taxi drivers survive the autonomous car boom?
A patent filed by Google speculates that mechanical toys, whose embedded microphones would be constantly listening for spoken cues, could be installed in children's bedrooms.
The Facebook founder and CEO said at a Town Hall Q&A last week that playing video games helped him become a programmer.
According to the ALA, the number of libraries that provide access to 3-D printers is growing.
YouTube announces it will support live streaming at 60 frames per second, considered the standard for video games. YouTube will also allow viewers to rewind streams, then speed them up to catch back up with what is happening live.
The Tara Oceans project is revealing new data on tiny ocean creatures and the critical roles they play in maintaining Earth as a livable planet. 'Life in the ocean is a little less murky than before,' says one scientist.
The rapidly aging star known as 'Nasty 1' may have been 20 times more massive than the sun before its layers were stripped away by a stellar event.
After a three-year research expedition, marine biologists describe scores of tiny, 'Seussian' creatures.
New research suggests that the demographic expansion of Europe, beginning about 3,300 years ago, involved fewer men than women.
New analysis suggests that the 'Egtved Girl,' found in Denmark in 1921, was actually born hundreds of miles away.
It's Memorial Day weekend and time to kick-off the outdoor grilling season. Here's how to use Mediterranean flavors to beef up regular burgers.
'We're not afraid to make a movie that could be perceived by some as corny or hopeful or unrealistic,' 'Tomorrowland' director Brad Bird said. The film stars Britt Robertson as teenager Casey Newton, who teams up with a scientist (George Clooney) to travel to Tomorrowland.
The 'Wild' actress is reportedly set to star as Peter Pan's sidekick in an upcoming live-action take on the fairy's story. Why a new spin on the character is welcome, and how the upcoming movie could be a good way to make that happen.
'Tomorrowland' centers on teenager Casey Newton, who discovers a mysterious land and meets a scientist (George Clooney) who may hold the key to returning there.
'The Connection' fills in the French back story to 'The French Connection,' centering on the newly appointed magistrate (Jean Dujardin).
A Christian Science perspective: Let’s pray for freedom this Memorial Day.
Thomas Kunkel offers a portrait of a writer who specialized in finding great characters, real and imagined.
What was truly hysterical, suggests this well researched book, was the way real reporters blew the impact of the broadcast out of proportion.
Recently declassified documents and books seized at the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011 may offer a window on the terrorist leader's interests.
"The Last Bookaneer" is essentially a heist caper, following literary thieves in pursuit of Robert Louis Stevenson’s unpublished last novel.
Luz, the Charlie Hebdo cartoonist, is coming under increasing fire for the magazine's provocative content.