Tires are set on fire during a rally held by members of the far-right radical group Right Sector, representatives of the Ukrainian volunteer corps and their supporters in central Kiev, Ukraine, in this July 3, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/Files

'Moscow must burn'

KIEV – Dmytro Korchynsky wants to create a Christian "Taliban" to reclaim eastern Ukraine. He leads a volunteer battalion fighting separatist rebels and bows to neither Kiev nor Moscow.  Full Article 

Afghan intelligence agency says Taliban's leader is dead 11:50am EDT

KABUL - A spokesman for Afghanistan's intelligence agency said on Wednesday that Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar died two years ago in a Pakistani hospital.

Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen arrives to testify before a House Financial Services committee hearing on "Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy" on Capitol Hill in Washington July 15, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Fed expected to push ahead with rate hike plan

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve is expected to point to a growing U.S. economy and stronger job market as it sets the stage for a possible interest rate hike in September.  Full Article 

Enthusiast Damien Hoops uses an electronic cigarette at The Vapor Spot vapor bar in Los Angeles, California March 4, 2014.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Vape shop owners now eye marijuana market

NEW YORK - As the number of vape shops soars in the U.S., shop owners seek to capitalize not only on the vaping trend, but on the more widespread, and legal, use of medical marijuana.  Full Article 

A woman prays for good fortune while holding incense sticks on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple, in Beijing, in this January 31, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files

Occult to the rescue in times of graft

BEIJING - The Chinese, especially the country's leaders, have a tradition of putting their faith in soothsaying and geomancy, in times of doubt and chaos. The practice has grown amid a sweeping crackdown on corruption launched by the government.   Full Article 

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gets up after being sacked by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter during the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game in Glendale, Arizona, February 1, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Brady blasts NFL 'Deflategate' suspension

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was "very disappointed" that the NFL upheld his four-game suspension in the "Deflategate" scandal and denied that he destroyed his cellphone to avoid giving it to investigators.  Full Article 


Nature is reclaiming what is hers on the island of Shengshan, east of Shanghai.  The Wider Image 

NASA's fizzing water bubble experiment captured in hi-res

NASA astronaut Terry Virts explores water tension in microgravity by dissolving an effervescent tablet in a floating ball of water. Matthew Stock reports.