Islamic State reportedly is asking a steep price for the captured pilot. Jordanians, who only narrowly support the bombing campaign, want the government to do 'whatever it takes' to get him back.
Companies in Poland are wary of a recession in Russia and a downturn in trade and tourism. But Europe is probably less exposed than in 1998 when Russia defaulted on its sovereign debt.
Wednesday's arrest of a 16-year-old boy over a public speech caused uproar in Turkey. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is protected under Turkish law, with a maximum sentence of four years in jail for anyone convicted of defamation.
Sony's PlayStation store and Microsoft's Xbox Live site have been targeted by hackers. Lizard Squad, a group of hackers that have been linked to the earlier attack on Sony and the threats against 'The Interview,' is claiming responsibility.
A paleo-seismologist sifts sand and coral deposits for clues to tsunami patterns in Aceh, the epicenter of the Dec. 26, 2004 earthquake. Indonesians are marking the 10-year anniversary of the country's deadliest natural disaster.
Facebook’s ‘Year In Review’ photo albums aren’t for everybody, especially those who had a rough 2014. On Twitter, Neil DeGrasse Tyson trolled Christians on Christmas Day.
Surprise births in 2013 include no less than five babies born at Walmarts, along with first appearances on crowded trains and at least one on a stalled elevator. Parents named her 'Ella,' after elevator.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, the only socialist in the Senate, said he'll decide whether to run for president in March. He'd complicate things for Hillary Clinton, at least a bit.
The desecration of a nativity scene in Haverhill, Mass., has 'all the elements of a hate crime,' the mayor said. But police do not yet have evidence of anti-Christian prejudice.
Republican presidential hopefuls are assiduously courting mega-rich elite potential donors, whose financial support is crucial in the wide-open 2016 GOP primary.
International travel is growing, opening up new views of humanity. Cuba represents one new destination ready to reward the curious traveler.
With the US economy growing faster than it has in more than a decade, the recovery may finally be broadening to include Main Street America.
This week's round-up of commentaries covers questioning the CIA’s flawed torture report, Russia needs a strategic policy to pull up the ruble, US-Togo’s partnership could aid the fight against Ebola and other threats, Canada’s correctional facilities emulate America’s system, and Pakistan needs a comprehensive approach to fighting terror.
College football teams have become valuable brand names that promote their universities. But do they offer players a real education in return?
Letters to the Editor for Dec. 29, 2014 and Jan. 05, 2015 weekly magazine:Beckett: US should not tell people in another country on what strategies to adopt, what laws to make, and more over sensitive issues. Lesnjak: NATO/US actions provoke the Russians and President Vladimir Putin
Despite low trading volumes, major indexes broke records for a second straight weekly advance as all sectors posted gains.
After-Christmas sales and other deep discounts are driving clothing and consumer electronics sales, which are high in number but showing thin profits, say experts. Unless after-Christmas sales do better than expected, US retailers will struggle to meet annual sales forecasts.
If you are a retiree with a traditional 401(k) or IRA, there may be a window of opportunity for you to convert a significant portion to a Roth IRA tax-free. You can take advantage of this Roth IRA conversion if you’re not working, not yet living off your retirement savings, and not yet drawing Social Security.
Diesel vehicles as a whole cost more over the long run than their gasoline equivalents, but diesel can pay off if you're considering a luxury model. Here are five examples.
Applications for unemployment benefits, used by experts as a proxy for layoffs, have fallen to a 7-week low, while new hires are up.
The video of a monkey in India patiently and persistently working to revive a fellow monkey has gone viral. Check out this and other animal rescue stories.
Oil is seen recovering in the second half of 2015 as non-OPEC production responds to lower prices, while demand picks up in the course of the year, the poll showed.
What does global energy look like after the oil crash? Recharge takes a peak at the future of oil, renewables, and nuclear power.
US oil and gas production have boomed, but the country still lacks a coherent energy strategy, according to an International Energy Agency review. The report credits the US for reducing greenhouse emissions, and encourages further investment in electricity infrastructure.
The last six months of plunging oil prices has given many developing countries a window of opportunity to scrap fuel subsidies. This move has attracted opposition from consumers but it could have significant benefits over the long-term.
PlayStation Now, a service that allows users to stream PS3 games over the Internet, will come to a few Samsung smart TVs in early 2015. PlayStation Now lets gamers play without any additional hardware besides a big screen and a controller.
Google unveiled a fully working prototype of its homegrown self-driving car this week. The two-seater electric car has radar, GPS, and 3-D laser mapping, and Google says it will be ready for testing on public roads early next year.
Apple automatically updated Macs this week to patch a security hole in OS X. It's the first time Apple has ever automatically applied a security update, though it's had the ability to do so for two years.
Boeing and BlackBerry have built a phone for employees and contractors in the security industry. The device will erase its own data if the case is opened.
More than half the respondents to a Pew Research survey said a trusted online-privacy framework won't be implemented within the next 10 years. Experts disagree about how to protect online privacy, but generally agree that doing so is important for economic and human-rights reasons.
Astronomers mapping local galaxies within the Milky Way neighborhood have discovered a lone dwarf galaxy that could hint at the types of small galaxies that formed early in the universe.
Check out this time-lapse video taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst during his six-month stay orbiting the Earth on the ISS. The views of the aurora borealis are stunning.
What would it have looked like to ride in the Orion capsule as it plummeted back to Earth? New NASA footage offers a unique view.
An image captured by NASA's NuSTAR telescope, designed to investigate black holes, is the best-ever view of the sun in high-energy X-ray light.
At 800 degrees Fahrenheit, Venus isn't a hospitable place to land, but some NASA scientists are proposing to study the atmosphere from habitable dirigibles.
If you think watching gross-out bromance 'The Interview' is your patriotic duty, go right ahead. If you want laughs or savvy, look elsewhere.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt support Shiloh's choice to be known as 'John,' and as a mom of two Batmans, a Buzz Lightyear, and a Thomas the Tank Engine, I get it.
Marinara sauce, a classic Italian red sauce with garlic, onions, herbs, and not much more, is easy and weeknight-quick to make.
A Christian Science perspective: Healing thoughts about family relationships
Even 'Vice' star Joaquin Phoenix says, 'It's too hard' when asked to summarize the movie. As for the Oscar race, is the movie getting crowded out?
A Christian Science perspective: Healing thoughts about family relationships
It's sobering to think of carrying on into next year the weight of all the unread books on one's nightstand.
Henderson Smith’s tale of suffering and the hope of rescue in the northern West is on this critic’s short list of the year’s best fiction.
What Thomas captures beautifully in 'A Child's Christmas in Wales' is the dreamlike quality of Christmases past.
There may never be a Christmas as perfect as the one you read about in books.
Recreational reading boosted morale and celebrated free thought for America’s World War II troops.