Mainland China's slump is shaking the world economy, turning a country long seen as a growth engine into a possible threat.
U.S. President Barack Obama may have finally shed his summer curse -- just in time for a daunting fall.
Former Defense Minister Ehud Barak's comments that Israel nearly attacked Iran's nuclear facilities but the plan was scuttled by military men and cowardly politicians could shake up Israeli politics.
For years, North Korea's litany of threats has been largely dismissed -- Seoul, after all, is still not drowning in a "sea of fire," despite Pyongyang's repeated promises to make it so.
For generations, the world's cities have struggled to keep themselves safe. "Wall Street Explosion Kills 30; Injures 300," The New York Times' front page proclaimed after a bomb ripped through New York City's financial district. "Red Plot Seen in Blast."
By official data, mainland China is becoming safer from accidents year after year. But the explosions over the Tianjin port last week are a stark reminder that it has far to go in preventing workplace disasters -- from blasts on factory floors to leaks of oil pipes and warehouse fires.
During her failed 2008 White House campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton derided rival Barack Obama's lofty talk of hope and change as equivalent to expecting "celestial choirs" to drop from the sky and inspire people to do the right thing.
The adult ads on Backpage.com are endless -- written in a sort of risque code to avoid implying something illegal, yet still obvious invitations for sex, adorned with suggestive photos and videos. Many in the fight against sex trafficking loathe the website, particularly since some escorts in the ads have turned out to be minors who've been forced into the sex trade.
Malaysia's prime minister has a problem: He can't explain away a US$700 million bank account to a skeptical public.
A free-falling Chinese currency could make mainland China's goods cheaper for foreigners, squeeze Western companies, discourage Chinese tourism, increase China's exports and complicate the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision on whether to raise American interest rates.