The Islamic State is making a concerted push to take Kobani, a town on the Syrian border with Turkey. Kurdish fighters have been defending the town with support from a US-led coalition.
The election is likely to radically reshape the Parliament in the wake of last February's street uprising.
Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged for murder; she claimed that the victim was trying to rape her. The execution drew broad international condemnation.
Alan Eustace lept from a weather balloon at 135,890 feet while wearing a space suit; he broke the speed of sound during his descent.
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who murdered a Canadian soldier and then attacked Parliament Hill in Ottawa was expelled from a Vancouver mosque after complaining that it welcomed non-Muslims as well as repeatedly trespassing inside the building.
A look ahead to a key AFC North division battle and a pair of NFC matchups as the 2014 NFL season nears the halfway point.
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday that the Obama administration is adding six more states to the list of those where federal benefits would be granted to same-sex married couples, bringing the total such states to 32.
Nina Pham was infected while caring for a patient who died of the disease; now disease-free, she was welcomed to the Oval Office by President Obama, who thanked her for her service.
Marcelo Marquez killed two sheriff's deputies in a Northern California crime spree that left two others wounded; he was caught with an accomplice after law enforcement swarmed the area.
A ballot measure in Tennessee states that nothing in the state constitution “secures or protects” a woman’s right to an abortion, which, if approved, would allow the Republican-led legislature to impose strictures on the procedure.
This week's round-up of commentaries covers Malala winning the Nobel Peace Prize, why the annexation of Crimea is hurting the Russian economy, the rise in government cyber surveillance in South Korea, African Union's new response force, and why Muslims shouldn't have to apologize for extremists.
Letters to the Editor for Oct. 27, 2014 weekly magazine:Brown: The First Amendment gives all US citizens the right to “freedom of speech," which includes political donations.Hughes: Protecting animals is a common cause.Frank: Malala Yousafzai in an inspiration because of her unrelenting advocating for girls’ right to education.
The attack on Parliament by a Canadian convert to Islam brings a call to avoid this response: hatred. Islamic State thrives on hatred, either in the West or among Muslims.
Even as more voters become hard ideologues, the middle grows for those who want candidates who can make compromises. The politics of trench warfare needs to change.
The leader of Hong Kong admits that allowing open choice for election candidates would give too much power to the city's large population of poor people. The protests are aimed at challenging such paternalistic governance, a model China promotes to the world.
Raising a child born in 2013 to the age of 18 will cost a middle-income couple more than $245,000, according to the USDA. But if you do your research, having a child doesn't necessarily have to be cost prohibitive.
Financial Planning Days are taking place in 13 cities in across the US on Oct. 25. The public is invited to attend personal finance workshops and get one-on-one financial advice from certified financial planners.
New home sales increased just 0.2 percent in September, and a big increase for August was revised considerably downward. Despite the slow growth, September marked the highest level for new home sales in six years.
Ford's net income dropped 34 percent to $835 million in the third quarter, largely due to the cost of launching the new Ford F-150 pickup. The new truck, which is 700 pounds lighter due to its aluminum construction, is scheduled to go on sale by the end of this year.
Even the best hotels are on sale during Thanksgiving week. Typical savings for Nov. 23 are 20 to 30 percent, although some of the best hotel deals are more than 50 percent off.
Brazilians head to the polls Sunday for a runoff election to decide their next president. Regardless of who wins the vote, Brazil's new leader must immediately address the factors limiting the nation’s energy potential, writes Alexis Arthur of the Institute of the Americas.
Hoping to make climate change a bipartisan issue, environmental groups are endorsing Republicans and moderate Democrats in the midterm elections. The strategy is a pragmatic shift for green groups, who have more money and clout in this election than ever before.
The hurricane struck the British island chain in the Atlantic Ocean late last week, but produced no fatalities.
The coming of winter ratchets up tension surrounding Ukraine gas talks, which fell short of a deal again this week. Still, hopes remain high that a deal will be reached to pay off Ukraine's gas debts and reopen the flow of Russian supplies.
Oil prices continue to fall, putting pressure on US drillers who need oil prices to remain relatively high to make production profitable. Low oil prices are already reducing the number of active drilling rigs in the US.
Ford CEO Mark Fields says Ford has torn apart and rebuilt a Tesla Model S – and that the company is considering building a similar long-range, high-performance electric car. Ford's current model, the Focus Electric, has better gas mileage but a shorter range than the Tesla Model S.
Microsoft announced higher-than-expected earnings for the last quarter. Cloud computing and the Surface tablet spurred Microsoft's profits.
Facebook launched a new app called Rooms on Thursday. Unlike Facebook itself, Rooms allows users to comment pseudonymously on different topics – just like early Internet bulletin boards.
Apple reached a deal with GT Advanced Technologies to end the production of its sapphire materials for the iPhone. Apple will recover $439 million in payments.
Ello has announced it received $5 million in funding and has become a public benefit corporation, writing into its charter that it will never sell ads or track user data. But many critics doubt that the trendy new social media site can turn a profit.
Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, cut himself loose from a balloon some 25 miles up, parachuting to Earth safely and breaking a record set two years earlier by Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner.
Some 12,000 years ago, humans were living high up in the Peruvian Andes, say scientists, suggesting that ancient South Americans adapted very quickly to high-altitude living.
The Megalodon, an enormous marine predator, disappeared some 2.6 million years ago, new research finds.
Comet Siding Spring's close encounter with the fleet of orbiters and rovers at Mars is expected to give scientists their most detailed look yet at an object from the Oort Cloud.
A huge sunspot is rotating toward the Earth, possibly foreshadowing a geomagnetic storm on our planet.
It might not be exotic or innovative, but this crispy chicken, is a tasty, simple recipe you'll return to again and again.
Brad Pitt – or Bradley Pitts – appeared on 'Between Two Ferns' to promote his latest film 'Fury.' True to form, host Zach Galifianakis did not hold back, asking the star plenty of awkward and hilarious questions.
The cancellation occurred after reports that June Shannon, the mother of the family featured in the show, was dating someone with a criminal past. Shannon posted a video denying the allegations and TLC wouldn't publicly cite a reason for the cancellation.
The holidays offer unique challenges in organizing family schedules. Here's what some experts have to say about juggling obligations – from sports to spouses – in order to gather family around the holiday table.
Actress Keira Knightley isn't believable as a 'laggy' – someone who is slow and aimless – or as a woman reclaiming her teenhood, but Chloë Grace Moretz is well cast as the teen with whom she bonds and Sam Rockwell is good as Moretz's caustic but sensitive father.
A Christian Science perspective: If we listen, we can be directed out of danger.
The movie adaptation of Andy Weir's well-reviewed sci-fi book will include such actors as Matt Damon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Jessica Chastain.
The new work will be posted on the Pottermore website on Oct. 31.
Oscar Wilde didn't come to the US to learn about Americans. He wanted them to learn about him.
Francis Fukuyama furthers his consideration of governance in this sequel to his acclaimed 2011 book 'The Origins of Political Order'.
Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.