Civil defense members try to put out a fire as residents inspect the damage at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Qadi Askar neighbourhood of Aleppo March 5, 2015. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

U.S. Syria strategy falters

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT - The Hazzm movement was once central to a covert CIA operation to arm Syrian rebels, but the group's collapse last week underlines the difficulties of who to support in the country.  Full Article 

U.S. jobless claims rise; fourth quarter productivity revised down 9:35am EST

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week rose to its highest level since May, which could raise concerns about some weakness in the labor market.

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert leaves after he was slashed in the face by Kim Ki-jong, a member of a pro-Korean unification group, at a public forum in central Seoul in this handout picture provided by Munhwa Ilbo on March 5, 2015. REUTERS/Munhwa Ilbo

U.S. ambassador in South Korea attacked

SEOUL - U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert underwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery after he was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist.   Full Article | Video 

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton delivers dinner remarks at EMILY's List 30th Anniversary Gala in Washington March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Make emails public: Hillary

WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton broke her silence over a budding controversy involving her use of personal email for work when she was secretary of state, saying she wanted the State Department to release them swiftly.   Full Article | Video 

A food vendor waits for customers at a shopping district in Beijing February 10, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Higher spending, lower growth

BEIJING - China Premier Li Keqiang signaled that the lowest rate of growth in a quarter of a century is the "new normal" for the world's No.2 economy.  Full Article 

A heroin addict prepares heroin before using it in Lamu November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

As heroin trade grows, a sting in Kenya

MOMBASA - As Africa’s heroin trade grows, a U.S.-backed raid in Kenya tries to stem the flow, but also shows the many hurdles to tackling the problem.   Full Article 

U.S. ambassador "in good spirits" after knife attack

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, is said to be recovering well after being attacked by a Korean nationalist protesting U.S.-South Korean military exercises. Nathan Frandino reports.