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Dec 12, 2013 7:30AM ET
The sign language interpreter accused of using made-up gestures during Obama's Mandela memorial speech said he was hallucinating.
Dec 12, 2013 1:14AM ET
Although it poses no immediate threat to the astronauts in orbit, a malfunctioning cooling pump on the International Space Station required maintenance on Wednesday.
Dec 12, 2013 12:32AM ET
After last week, when Islamists wrested control of critical locations such as bases and storage warehouses from Syrian rebels, the United States has halted the delivery of all nonlethal aid to the region.
Dec 11, 2013 9:59PM ET
The bubonic plague, that flea-borne bacterial disease that wiped out a good portion of Europe in the Middle Ages, is back.
Dec 11, 2013 5:47PM ET
On Wednesday, a fight broke out in Georgia's parliament over the dispute in Ukraine, where a heavyweight boxing champion is leading a revolution. Fights happen in governments all the time, and they are all weirdly great.
Dec 11, 2013 2:33PM ET
The United States abandoned its non-lethal aid deliveries to northern Syria on Wednesday after Islamist rebel groups seized key checkpoints and warehouses from the Syrian rebels.
Dec 11, 2013 2:00PM ET
If you want to judge the success of Pope Francis's campaign to change the tone of the Catholic church, look beyond his selection as Time's person of the year to its context.
Dec 11, 2013 9:43AM ET
Nutella, it turns out, is a perfect example of what globalization has meant for popular foodstuffs: Not only is it sold everywhere, but its ingredients are sourced from all over the place too.
Dec 11, 2013 9:37AM ET
While America wondered just how mad Michelle was with Barack after selfiegate (not mad at all, apparently), the Danish papers had their own field day with Helle Thorning-Schmidt. But first, they wondered why it took the world long to recognize her.
Dec 11, 2013 8:54AM ET
The Indian Supreme Court reinstated a from the 1860s on Wednesday that criminalizes same-sex intercourse in the country
Dec 11, 2013 8:00AM ET
The deaf community in South Africa is outraged and embarrassed after realizing that man who was signing translations of Nelson Mandela's memorial to the whole entire world was actually a fraud.
Dec 11, 2013 3:25AM ET
At a youth conference in Ecuador this week, Elian Gonzalez, famous as the focal point of an immigration battle back in 2000, spoke out against the United States' policy on Cuba
Dec 10, 2013 9:15PM ET
Uruguay, which recently became the second Latin American country to legalize gay marriage, is now the first country in the world to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana.
Dec 10, 2013 7:53PM ET
Riot police have started to move in on a large protest camp in Kiev's Independence Square tonight, breaking through barricades and clashing with protestors.
Dec 10, 2013 2:59PM ET
Atheists living openly in 13 countries risk the death penalty, according to a new, comprehensive report from the International Humanist and Ethical Union out on Tuesday
Dec 10, 2013 2:37PM ET
North Korea has confirmed the rumors that Kim Jong-un's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, was indeed removed from power, and the government is now going out of its way to prove his guilt.
Dec 10, 2013 1:57PM ET
Russia could possibly pardon two jailed members of Pussy Riot, along with a group of Greenpeace protesters and many others, under an amnesty deal being considered in the country's parliament.
Dec 10, 2013 1:04PM ET
A new document released by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden explains how the NSA uses Canada as its spying errand boy.
Dec 10, 2013 12:55PM ET
Uruguay’s senate is set to pass an historic bill (link in Spanish) today that will make the country the world’s first to legalize marijuana.
Dec 10, 2013 11:47AM ET
Chinese hackers have accessed the servers of several foreign ministries, using cheap tricks to get global leaders to click on malware.
Dec 10, 2013 2:35AM ET
President Barack Obama delivered a stirring address as thousands came out in the pouring rain to honor Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Dec 9, 2013 10:11PM ET
Just in time for Christmas comes the news that Canada might be trying to stage a hostile takeover of Santa's workshop. Yes, our Northern neighbors are trying to claim the North Pole.
Dec 9, 2013 8:30PM ET
Congratulations, Antarctica! You're still the coldest place on Earth. And in 2010, you hosted a new record low temperature.
Dec 9, 2013 4:56PM ET
The protests in Ukraine probably won't calm down any time soon. With that in mind, it's time to better get to know the conflict's major players, including the imprisoned revolutionary, and a current heavyweight champion.
Dec 9, 2013 4:16PM ET
Scientists in Australia have identified vast meteoric groundwater reserves (VMGRs) of freshwater below the ocean floor, a discovery that could provide much-needed relief to those who lack access to drinking water.
Dec 9, 2013 3:42PM ET
A veritable who's who of the world's political leaders will attend Nelson Mandela's funeral in South Africa on Tuesday, including as many as 70 current heads of state.
Dec 9, 2013 2:15PM ET
"Obama did not tell the whole story" on Assad's alleged involvement in a chemical weapons strike in Syria last August, begins Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh's latest piece.
Dec 9, 2013 12:23PM ET
What started as a simple fraud investigation, has turned into a spy thriller as some of the 49 Russian diplomats and their spouses accused of defrauding Medicaid "were also engaged in espionage,"
Dec 9, 2013 11:00AM ET
Russia announced today that it will shut down state media outlets RIA Novosti and Voice of Russia, effective immediately.
Dec 9, 2013 9:52AM ET
Protesters avoided another violent crackdown in Ukraine's capital on Monday after President Viktor Yanukovich agreed to negotiations with three former Presidents to try and calm tensions in the country.