An Iraqi soldier carries a displaced kid from Ramadi on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi forces regain ground from Islamic State

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT - Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra.  Full Article | Video 

Asian shares edge up, Fed views hurt some markets 3:11am EDT

TOKYO - Asian shares edged higher on Monday but gains were capped by concerns that market volatility may intensify as the U.S. central bank prepares to raise interest rates for the first time in six years.


Nobel laureate John Nash killed in car crash

Mathematician John Nash, a Nobel Prize winner whose longtime struggle with mental illness inspired the movie "A Beautiful Mind", was killed in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey, state police said.  Full Article | Video 

An employee works at a Shuangwei factory in Putian, Fujian province, China, May 14, 2015. REUTERS/John Ruwitch

Alibaba fosters local brands to fight fakes

PUTIAN, China - Criticized and even sued by luxury brand Gucci and others for facilitating the counterfeit goods trade, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has been quietly piloting a scheme to try to curb fakes at source.  Full Article 

May 24, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA;  Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates against the Atlanta Hawks in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron gives Cavs stranglehold on Eastern Conference finals

LeBron James was exhausted and banged-up, but he came through in the clutch as the Cleveland Cavaliers earned a thrilling overtime 114-111 win over the Atlanta Hawks to take a stranglehold of the Eastern Conference finals.  Full Article 

Peter Talos adjusts the pram of his daughter Karin, as they spend time together during his parental leave, in Oslo, October 5, 2012. REUTERS/Heiko Junge/NTB Scanpix

Nordics debate more paid leave for dads

OSLO/STOCKHOLM - Nordic nations are renowned when it comes to gender equality. But some of these progressive, northern European states are debating how much further paid parental leave needs to be pushed onto fathers to liberate women into the workforce.  Full Article 


Female activists march for peace in North Korea

Female activists lead North Korean women in the "2015 International Women's Grand March for the Reunification and Peace in Korea" in Pyongyang.