An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows the alleged on-going land reclamation by China on mischief reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015.  REUTERS/Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool

U.S. signals tougher stance over South China Sea

WASHINGTON - By releasing video of Beijing’s island reclamation work and considering more assertive maritime actions, the U.S. is signaling a tougher stance over the South China Sea and trying to spur Asian partners to more action.  Full Article 

Asian shares drop, dollar at highest since 2002 vs yen 2:52am EDT

TOKYO - An index of Asian shares fell on Thursday as the Chinese, Hong Kong and Australian markets slipped, while the dollar scaled its highest level against the yen since 2002 on expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise rates this year.

FBI agents bring out boxes after an operation inside the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) offices in Miami Beach, Florida May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Javier Galeano

Soccer world rocked by FIFA arrests

ZURICH/NEW YORK - The world's most popular sport was plunged into turmoil as seven powerful soccer figures were arrested on U.S. corruption charges.  Full Article | Factbox 

Tanks are seen on a freight train shortly after its arrival at a railway station in the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova

Russia masses firepower on Ukraine border

KHUTOR CHKALOVA, Russia - Russia's army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry, including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery, at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine.  Full Article | Gallery 

An artwork conveying well-wishes for the passengers and crew of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is seen at a viewing gallery in Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 19, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Australia's search for MH370 under scrutiny

SYDNEY - Nearly a year after embarking on a multi-million dollar quest to solve one of aviation's greatest unsolved mysteries, authorities and search teams are being criticized over their approach to finding Flight MH370 in the remote southern Indian Ocean.  Full Article 

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in Centennial, Colorado in this June 4, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Andy Cross/Pool/Files

Holmes' attorneys focus on mental illness

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Painting a picture of a bright, normal child before he fell prey to severe mental illness, James Holmes' lawyers will seek to save the now 27-year-old's life in his murder trial, following a 2012 massacre inside a Denver-area multiplex that left 12 dead.  Full Article 

People gather at the site of car bombs attack in Baghdad, May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Why the U.S. will fail in Iraq

Besides simply hoping for the best, what can the United States do to help Iraq? Not much. Most of the possible game changers have already failed.  Commentary 

DNA research unlocks the secrets of the Black Death

Norwegian scientists seek to uncover secrets of the Black Death - and potentially help prevent a future global pandemic. Jim Drury reports.