Martin Burt, a former government minister in Paraguay, tells how the Social Progress Index has helped Paraguay set clearer goals and improve quality of life.
European leaders like David Cameron are seeking new powers to prevent jihadis abroad from returning home and launching attacks. But such measures require a careful balancing act, experts say.
The American journalist has been held captive by Islamic militants for over a year. The identity of the man beheaded in Tuesday's video has not been confirmed.
While speakers urged a stronger response to the militant group Al Shabab at the first African Union summit on terrorism, none called out last night's US airstrike on the Somalia-based group.
The ice bucket challenge to raise funds for ALS research is now a hit in China. Participants have added Chinese characteristics to the craze.
Nude photos of dozens of celebrities, presumably stolen from cloud storage services, started appearing online Sunday night. Here's how the rest of us can keep personal data safe.
Former House majority leader Eric Cantor has taken a high-paying job at a Wall Street investment bank. If he ever decided to run for office again, his opponent would have a field day with that.
Waldo, Fla., is under investigation for writing large numbers of speeding tickets. Half the town's $1 million annual budget is from ticket revenue.
Two passengers argued over a reclining seat during a Delta flight from New York to West Palm Beach, Fla. Monday. The flight was diverted to Jacksonville, Fla.
Thirty-two teenagers made a break from a Nashville youth detention center Monday night. Half have been recaptured overnight, but another 17 are still on the run.
More than by military attacks, the Islamic State, commonly known as ISIS or ISIL, can be defeated if more Muslims counter its message that faith can come through coerced acts of presumed piety rather than freely chosen spiritual understanding.
Like most issues, the immigration issue in America looks simple. It's worth looking more closely.
The risk African-American men face, activism through social media in Indonesia, battling militancy through language diversity in Pakistan, pressuring politicians in Nigeria, and Mexico's immigration problem.
Letters to the Editor for September 1, 2014 weekly magazine:Waddell: Michael Brown was denied due process when shot by police.
A cease-fire in the latest war between Israel and Hamas must led to reconstruction of Gaza, controlled by moderate Palestinians in the West Bank. Israel should support an active peace, not merely a long 'quiet' in hostilities.
Many retailers have had security walls broken in recent months, including Target, grocery store chain Supervalu, P.F. Chang's and the thrift store operations of Goodwill.
Millions of young people head to college and universities, assuming that a four-year liberal arts degree is the only gateway to the American middle class. It shouldn’t be.
After Burger King announced its plans to buy Canada’s Tim Hortons and move north, Ohio’s Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown has called for his constituents to eat at Ohio-based burger chains instead. If Burger King’s plan succeeds, it would become the world’s third-largest fast food company.
A spokesman for the Service Employees International Union, which has been spearheading the protests, said home health care aides will join the actions in some locations.
Personal finance is a big task comprised of a lot of little everyday decisions. Read on for nine of the worst personal finance habits, and how to break them.
Oil supermajor Shell is considering a return to Arctic drilling, after a series of setbacks nearly ended the company's plans in the Arctic for good. But before Shell can move its rigs into the Arctic, several obstacles remain.
Failed Russia-Ukraine-EU gas talks last week raise the specter of a cold, dark winter in Ukraine; the Islamic State's oil-fueled spread is bolstering similar aspirations among Boko Haram in Nigeria; President Obama looks to sidestep Congress in global climate change efforts. Catch up on the week in global energy with Recharge.
Aging plants and competition from cheaper alternatives threaten the future of US nuclear power, the country's largest source of carbon-free electricity. Even with renewable energy, it will be exceedingly difficult to meet US climate change targets if much of American nuclear goes offline, Cunningham writes.
Climate change is one reason the US government is putting 20 species of threatened coral on a list of threatened species. The threatened coral are vital to the health of marine ecosystems, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Climate change may just threaten your dream trip to Hawaii. A new report from the University of Hawaii says the state's tourism industry must start preparing for the effects of climate change.
A new video reports to reveal the finalized design for the iPhone 6. Is it real? Apple remains silent.
Most people don't want to share their Netflix choices with a large Facebook audience. Starting Wednesday, Netflix will let subscribers decide who among their friends on Facebook will see their selections.
Google has eliminated authorship information from its search results, meaning, for example, that authors' head shots will no longer appear next to their articles on Google News.
Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and others have been targeted by a hack that allegedly stole nude pictures and explicit videos. If confirmed, the hack points to a new mutation in how hackers are trying to profit from illegal exploits.
The global search giant has unveiled a new commercial drone delivery program developed in Google X, the secretive hub for long-term, large-scale innovative projects.
Iceland's meteorological agency has said that seismic activity around the Bardarbunga volcano seems to have subsided. But lava continues to produce a large plume of steam and gas.
Using models of ocean currents mathematicians have developed a model that shows where floating ocean debris is likely to eventually end up.
Tropical Storm Dolly: With sustained winds of near 50 mph, Tropical Storm Dolly could spell a soggy, windy week for those in its path.
In a discovery that suggests that the ability to think abstractly was not limited to Homo sapiens, researchers have found carvings on cave walls that were etched by Neanderthals.
The ISS crew have an 'off-duty day' on Labor Day, so they are free to send emails, shoot photos and videos, work on side projects, and link up with family members via video chat.
Now that the chipmunks have had their fill, beautiful, large tomatoes from the garden are ready for oven-roasting and storing for future use.
When school is in session, administrators, students, and parents will find themselves navigating the murky waters of dress codes – and exceptions to those codes. One young student and his family learned this the first day of class.
Angelina Jolie will reportedly direct the movie 'By the Sea' as well as starring in it with husband Brad Pitt. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt previously starred in the film 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith.'
After some game-changing events during the Marvel films, 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is operating in a very different universe. 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' returns for its second season on Sept. 23.
A father remembers what it's like to be in the driver's seat as a teenager, and applies those lessons to his own kids.
A Christian Science perspective: Can there be a sweeter word than brother?
The children's book by Roald Dahl is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Murakami's novel 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage' is still topping US bestseller lists.
'Mean Girls' meets 'Prep' meets the Salem witch trials to create a contemporary page-turner.
Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.
Award-winning author and translator Lydia Davis scraped away some 'taxing overgrowth' to enhance the rough beauty of Alfred Ollivant's classic dog story.