Moscow has long used its energy exports to win political concessions from its neighbors. In the last decade, Russia has twice threatened to cut off its natural gas supplies to Ukraine.
In Eastern Ukraine, the country's industrial heartland, many workers fear for their jobs if Ukraine joins the European Union.
Two women are leading the race to be the next mayor of Paris — but the contest between them is as much about class and gender politics as local government.
San Francisco criminal-turned-good citizen, Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, was arrested Wednesday after a federal corruption investigation. Joe Mozingo of the Los Angeles Times explains the case.
Vatican Latinist Monsignor Daniel Gallagher has a unique job: He translates Pope Francis's tweets into Latin. And with 231,000 followers, the @Pontifex_ln Twitter handle is a hit.
Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss President Obama's speech in Brussels and his meeting with Pope Francis.
President Obama met Friday with the king of Saudi Arabia. There's considerable friction in the U.S.-Saudi relationship at the moment, with key differences over Syria and Iran.
Children playing on phones or using computers eat less junk food than those watching TV, a study finds. Maybe it's the commercials. Or maybe it's just hard to pick up a chip while tapping away.
David Samson's resignation is the latest shoe to drop in an ongoing scandal that involves the politically charged closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge.
Victims of domestic abuse had to file taxes jointly to sign up for health insurance. Advocates say that could bar them from health care when they're most in need. A rule change should help.
Detroit's star will earn nearly $30 million a season for the next 10 years if he keeps playing. How much more is he paid than most major leaguers? How does his deal compare with those in other sports?
After the Civil War, Horace Wilson left his farm for Japan, where he introduced baseball. He's a legend there, something his relatives, including NPR's Theo Balcomb, didn't know for generations.
Architects Alejandro D'Acosta and Claudia Turrent have carved a niche designing stunning, upscale wineries and other buildings in Baja. They specialize in finding uses for offbeat, reclaimed material.
The Republican congressman from Michigan is going to launch a talk show on the Cumulus radio network. He's been one of the GOP's leading voices on issues related to national security.
As the day began, the official number of deaths was 17 and another nine bodies had been located. But 90 names remained on a list of those thought to be missing. An update is expected around midday.
Individualism has always been a strong part of American life, but it's becoming more so these days. People are charting their own courses when it comes to education, the economy and health.
Further analysis of how fast Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was flying has led investigators to think it went down in the Indian Ocean closer to Australia than previously thought.
In the 1970s, the U.S. Dietary Goals advised Americans to cut back on fat and eat more carbs to lower the risk of heart disease. But some experts say this high-carb, low-fat diet helped fuel obesity.
Though the health insurance law is federal, we're not exactly all in this together. Each state runs its own insurance market and pools, so a big turnout of the healthy in New York won't help Texas.
When a school hires its own students, it can bump up its ranking. One school employs 20 percent of its most recent graduates — and jumped nine spots in the rankings this year.