The main group opposing the Assad regime has issued an ultimatum demanding that a U.N. invitation to Iran to participate in the discussions be revoked.
The 45-year-old missionary who was convicted and sentenced on charges of subversion appeared before a select group of journalists from Western agencies to make his plea.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the infrastructure for local food is lacking but growing fast. "Food hubs respond to that call," one official says.
The conference, set for Wednesday, will bring together a delegation representing President Bashar Assad and the Western-backed, exiled political opposition. A lot of diplomatic capital has been spent to make this happen, but it's unclear whether there will be a meaningful outcome.
Kenneth Bae, an American missionary who has been jailed in North Korea for more than a year, appeared before reporters Monday. He appealed to the U.S. government to do its best to secure his release.
Iran halted its most sensitive uranium enrichment work on Monday as part of a landmark deal struck with world powers. That's easing concerns over the country's nuclear program and clearing the way for a partial lifting of sanctions, Tehran and the U.N. said.
As many as 15 percent of babies have colic, which can cause bouts of inconsolable crying. Researchers are testing probiotics to see if these good bacteria can help. But they don't know how the supplements work, or how they may affect children's health long term.
Michigan is one of only a handful of Republican-led states that is expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. It did it by forging a plan that worked for Republicans, Democrats and business interests, as well as doctors and hospitals.
President Obama has a couple tools at his disposal that let him bypass congressional approval — and he's using them to advance his economic agenda. The administration says the president is still willing to work with Congress, but some on Capitol Hill are taking issue with the executive tactic.
Three-time Olympic skier Kris Freeman has had a successful career filled with challenges; first and foremost managing diabetes while becoming an elite competitor in a physically taxing sport. But this past year, Freeman encountered another obstacle when his relationship with the national ski team abruptly ended.
Going to the gym can be intimidating, especially for people who are obese and worry that people will judge them by their appearance. But more companies are catering to plus-sized exercisers with fitness centers that are just for them.
Attacks on undocumented day workers have frustrated police agencies for years. Workers carry wads of cash and rarely report the crimes. In a controversial move, some banks have been stepping in to help some of the workers open bank accounts to make them less of a target.
Third-seeded Maria Sharapova lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to Dominika Cibulkova, struggling with her serve in the second and third sets and making 45 unforced errors as she tried to claw her way back.
Seattle's top-ranked defense forced two late turnovers, lifting the Seahawks into their second Super Bowl with a 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC championship Sunday. Earlier in the day, the Denver Broncos took a 26-16 win over the New England Patriots in the AFC title game.
Some of the earliest science fiction imagined voyages to Mars. We now have the space-faring technology to make reaching the Red Planet possible. It would involve massive resources and many potential dangers, but some believe the rewards would be massive.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon says Iran agrees that there needs to a political transition in Syria.
Over 11 years, John Felton has reviewed more than 4,000 NPR stories related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in quarterly reports that form an extraordinary study of American journalism. This is his last one. His summation: some flaws, but that the critics who charge bias really want bias for their side.
Photographer Bill O'Leary's big break came in 1990, the night Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry was arrested during an FBI sting. O'Leary was an intern for The Washington Post, and he suddenly found himself in the right place and the right time to take the perfect shot of the mayor.
Hiding the redesigned, 50th anniversary Ford Mustang before its official unveiling was no easy task — the photo-hungry car paparazzi were eager for a glimpse. But, like other car companies, Ford has its own "camouflage coordinator" to create a disguise for the vehicle during test drives and trial runs.
The president told The New Yorker magazine that he thinks it's a "bad idea" but is not more dangerous than alcohol to the "individual consumer."