Joe Kebartas of South Boston holds a sign reading 'Death Penalty is Murder' in front of the Moakley federal courthouse where jury deliberations continue in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston, Massachusetts April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Lisa Hornak

Lawyers argue punishment for Tsarnaev

BOSTON - A defense lawyer for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev urged a jury to spare his client's life, saying the young man was following his obsessive older brother when he carried out the deadly 2013 attack.  Full Article 

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attend a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Greek-Russia ties bloom as default looms

Geopolitical ties between Athens and Moscow appear to be warming at a moment when the Greek economic crisis is worsening.  Commentary 

A Nusra Front fighter carries a shell near a Nusra Front flag on his weapon in Jisr al-Shughour town, after rebels took control of the area April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

U.S. plan for Syrian rebels already in doubt

REYHANLI, Turkey/WASHINGTON - The U.S. plan to train and arm a Syrian rebel force is a major test of President Obama's strategy of engaging local partners to combat extremists. But the administration is already scaling back expectations of its impact.   Full Article 

File photo of chickens looking out of a cage at an hatchery, February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Increased protection offered as bird flu spreads

CHICAGO - Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication. Since flu viruses are highly mutable, there is a worry that those in direct contact with infected birds could fall ill.  Full Article 

Plan to train Syrian rebels mired in doubt

The much-touted plan to train and equip rebels to fight Islamic State in Syria is in trouble, with doubts about the mission and fears the force being assembled is far too small.