Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters

China's island-building erodes security: U.S.

SINGAPORE - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned that Beijing's island-building in the South China Sea was undermining security in the Asia-Pacific.   Full Article 

Obama says 'handful of senators' blocking surveillance reforms 2:44am EDT

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday that surveillance powers used to prevent attacks on Americans could lapse at midnight on Sunday unless "a handful of senators" stop standing in the way of reform legislation. | Video

FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers an opening speech at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, May 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

Blatter faces bigger challenge at divided FIFA

ZURICH - Sepp Blatter may have secured a fifth term as FIFA president but the challenges facing him today are considerably greater than four years ago, the biggest of which is restoring credibility of the soccer's world governing body.  Full Article 

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto gestures during an investment announcement from  brewer Grupo Modelo in Merida in Yucatan state, at Los Pinos Presidential house in Mexico City, May 29, 2015. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Mexico president asked to detail wealth

MEXICO CITY - Mexico's president is under pressure to fully disclose his financial assets following a Reuters report that he had misrepresented the circumstances under which he acquired a property in a lakeside retreat near Mexico City.  Full Article 

Tanks drive in a street of the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova

Why diplomacy is flailing in Ukraine

As the fighting in Ukraine grinds on as a low-level conflict, the biggest weakness of a proposed peace deal is becoming clear: None of the parties see it as the start to a lasting settlement.  Commentary 

Ross Ulbricht, 31, is seen in this undated handout photograph courtesy of Lyn Ulbricht. REUTERS/Lyn Ulbricht/Handout via Reuters

Life in prison for Silk Road creator

NEW YORK - The accused mastermind behind the underground website Silk Road was sentenced to life in prison for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin.  Full Article 

Security gaps feared if Patriot Act expires

Unless Congress acts Sunday, the NSA's vast program collecting Americans' calling data will expire, sparking worries among security officials with domestic terror threats on the rise.