Bill Clinton tried. So did George W. Bush. Neither succeeded. As U.S. President Barack Obama's own second term winds down, he is getting closer than either of his immediate predecessors to the goal of improving U.S. relations with Iran. But he's not there yet, and plenty stands in the way, including a messy and brutal conflict in Iraq and Syria.
U.S. airlines are saving tens of millions of dollars every week because of lower prices for jet fuel, their largest expense. So why don't they share some of the savings with passengers?
U.S. President Barack Obama is getting his first glimpse of life as a lame-duck president traveling overseas. And so far, he has reason to like what he sees.
Newly surfaced videos are adding fresh energy to the efforts of U.S. congressional conservatives to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, feeding into their contentions that the overhaul was approved through a scheme of deception.
What happens next in Japan-China relations depends not only on what they do, but also on what they don't do.
Henry David Thoreau was a rare American intellectual who built a small cabin beside Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts in 1845 and lived there alone for two years and two months. Thoreau detested anything that attempted to oppress and control the individual or deprive him of his autonomy of action and thought.
His influence at home quickly fading, U.S. President Barack Obama is looking east to China, the opening stop of a three-country tour that will test his ability to play a commanding role on the world stage during his final two years in office.
While the details behind the release of the final two Americans held in North Korea — Matthew Miller of Bakersfield, California, and Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood, Washington — are still unclear, here are questions and some answers as to what might have motivated the North to let the two men out.