For most of her 20-year marriage to Steve Jobs, Laurene Powell Jobs was content to be a behind-the-scenes philanthropist. More »Steve Jobs widow: How is Laurene Powell Jobs spending her wealth?
In the global fight against drug trafficking, it’s high time countries experiment with “nontraditional” approaches. More »No more drug war in Latin America? Report explores new ways to fight drugs
More than a month after Venezuela’s contested presidential election, President Nicolás Maduro’s narrow victory has yet to be recognized by the United States. Refusing to legitimize the new premier while a partial recount of the vote is underway, the US position has led to further political tensions in a relationship historically stressed under the leadership of former President Hugo Chávez. More »Venezuela's Maduro still waiting on Washington's recognition
In April, when several errors were discovered in a high-profile paper on the effect of government debt on economic growth, the fierce debate on austerity was once again ignited in Europe. Critics of budget slashing during the continent's recession were quick to say it was proof that misguided policies were making the situation worse. More »EU austerity hawks shrug off criticism of flawed academic paper
The Spanish government approved Friday a broad educational reform emphasizing standardized tests combined with reduced spending that it says will reduce one of Europe’s highest secondary school dropout rates -- and decrease the number of students being held back each year. More »Spain's controversial educational reform: Will the Green Tide wash it away?
Mounir Abu Hasira’s name is synonymous with fish in Gaza, where his grandfather once owned more than 50 percent of the fishing boats and employed more than 2,000 workers to bring in the daily catch. More »Gazans struggle to reel in a livelihood
Afghanistan is suffering a crisis of confidence – and given what’s on the horizon, it's not so difficult to see why. More »Why Afghanistan is nervous about the US troop withdrawal
A small crack has appeared in the international show of unity against North Korea's development of nuclear weapons, following the "secret" visit to Pyongyang this week by a special adviser to Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe. More »Japan's 'secret' trip to North Korea disrupts united stance against Pyongyang
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Every Saturday, Scott Budnick and his wife, Maureen, peel 75 pounds of potatoes. At 5 o'clock the next morning, Mr. Budnick packs up the potatoes, 500 eggs, 250 sausages, and a host of other items contributed by his friends and neighbors. He drives it all to the Mathewson Street United Methodist Church in Providence, R.I., in time to welcome the first wave of volunteers – some homeless, some not – to the kitchen. More »Scott Budnick serves breakfast – with a side order of respect – to the homeless
Luxury housing built on palm-shaped islands, airports with Fifth Avenue glitz, an artificial ski resort in the desert: This is the easy-going image that the United Arab Emirates projects to the world. But Dubai resident Ahmed Mansoor sees things much differently. More »Between the shopping malls, is there space in Dubai for dissent?
An intense diplomatic and public push is under way across Europe and in the United States to more aggressively hunt illegal cash stashed away in offshore paradises like Switzerland, Luxembourg, Austria, and Andorra. More »Stash your cash in Switzerland? US and Europe push to make it harder.
Saeed Jalili, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator and a presidential candidate, says that offers from six world powers demand far more short-term sacrifices of his government than the Islamic Republic considers reasonable or reciprocal. More »Iran's chief nuclear negotiator: we're being asked to make all the sacrifices
David Beckham, one of soccer's biggest stars both on and off the pitch, is calling it a day. More »David Beckham, English soccer's golden boy, heads for the exit
Everywhere in Mexico, from the megalopolis of Mexico City to the smallest farming community, the squeaking, creaking sounds of a tortillería churning out corn tortillas can be heard. More »'People of corn' protest GMO strain in Mexico
Americans took a leading role in the world in the post-World War II era. And today they are used to being unpopular, yet called upon when needed. More »Germany's uncomfortable role as Europe's 'economic police'
Members of Abu Sayeed’s grassroots aid group were en route to the Turkish border to pick up a shipment of food when the leader of Jabhat al-Nusra announced that his group was loyal to Al Qaeda. More »In Syria, terrorist designation means more go hungry
For six years, Rafat Shororo longed for the taste of a KFC sandwich he had eaten in Egypt. This week, he got his finger lickin' fix at home in the Gaza Strip after a local delivery company managed to smuggle it from Egypt through underground tunnels. More »KFC smugglers bring buckets of chicken through Gaza tunnels
A nation confidently on its way to becoming the biggest economy in the world ought to be chasing its own special dreams. So Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping has taken on promoting “the Chinese dream” as his personal motto, and the Chinese character for “dream” has been declared the “character of the year” in China. But what do Chinese think about when they dream? In “Chasing the Chinese dream,” The Economist points out the term’s vagueness is both an advantage and a difficulty, a meme able to be fitted to many goals. ... More »Good Reads: From Chinese dreams, to the Tsarnaevs, to a QWERTY challenger
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Even before the top two nuclear negotiators from Iran and six world powers sat down to a rare shared dinner in Istanbul tonight, events showed how far apart they are as they wrestle over how to limit Iran’s nuclear program. More »Iran nuclear talks in Istanbul show progress remains elusive
I can’t imagine why anyone who knew him would want to kill Ali Ould Mohamed Ould Kalbali, a friendly old merchant in Timbuktu and one of the few Arabs who stayed there during the Islamist takeover of northern Mali last year. But that’s what his family fear has happened. More »A mysterious dissapearance sends shudders through Timbuktu
Israel, a crucible of immigrants from places as diverse as Ethiopia and Lithuania who live interspersed with an indigenous 20 percent Arab minority, simply can't be boiled down into a monolithic Jewishness. More »Israeli artist Sovar Lerner sees harmony in a teapot
The gunfire that pierced the night in Afghanistan’s Zabul Province last September was a troubling surprise to the 20 US soldiers manning a fortified checkpoint near the Pakistan border. More »Why insider attacks are down in Afghanistan