Nicaragua Starts Work on $50 Billion Rival to Panama Canal
An elaborate celebration marked the breaking of ground on a Chinese project to build an inter-oceanic crossing in long-time US foe Nicaragua, a move that will challenge US interests in the region.
Tunisia Gets Its First Ever Democratically Elected President
Beji Caid Essebsi has been confirmed as the winner of Tunisia's first free presidential poll. Essebsi beat current caretaker President Moncef Marzouki, who has been in office since the Arab Spring in 2011.
Video Shows Kurdish Fighters Breaking Islamic State Siege of Iraq's Mount Sinjar
The offensive, backed by US-led airstrikes, opened up a secure corridor to liberate thousands of members of the Yazidi minority who have been trapped there since fleeing an August assault by the jihadists.
South Carolina Executed a Black 14-Year-Old in 1944 — Now He's Been Exonerated
George Stinney Jr. was accused of murdering two white girls in South Carolina in 1944. Now, a judge has ruled that his conviction was “based on numerous and serious errors and omissions."
Falling Ruble Sparks Panic Buying Among Russian Shoppers
Russian shoppers are forming long lines in the rush to snap up consumer goods — for both investment purposes and over fears of massive price hikes.
Islamic State Releases Propaganda Video Showing Public Services in Syrian Stronghold of Raqqa
The footage from the group appears to be an effort to promote life in its self-declared caliphate. It emerged as the Assad regime lost two military bases in Idlib province to al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra.
Three Syrian Journalists Killed in Missile Strike South of Damascus
The reporters from Orient News were traveling to an area of heavy fighting when their car was hit; their opposition-linked TV channel claims they were deliberately targeted by government forces.