Department of Public Safety Trooper Marcus Gonzales walks on the Highway 12 bridge over the Blanco River which was blocked by large trees after flooding in Wimberly, Texas, United States May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Jay Janner/American-Statesman

Deadly weather soaks south-central U.S.

SAN ANTONIO - Two people were killed and three others were missing in flash flooding and severe storms in Texas and Oklahoma that forced evacuations and rooftop rescues and left thousands without power.  Full Article | Video 

Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra 1:19am EDT

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


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 

Andrzej Duda (C), presidential candidate of the Law and Justice Party (PiS), celebrates with wife Agata (R) and their daughter Kinga after the announcement of the first exit poll results on the second round of presidential elections in Warsaw, Poland May 24, 2015.  REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Andrzej Duda wins Polish presidential election

WARSAW - Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski conceded defeat to conservative challenger Andrzej Duda in presidential election, a result reflecting voters' frustration that Poland's new-found prosperity was not being more evenly shared.  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 

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.