The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his or her finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.
Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled U.S. President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.
Poll after poll over many years has shown that Americans overwhelmingly support legal access to abortion for women impregnated by rape. Yet the issue remains divisive, as demonstrated by two current rifts — one involving U.S. aid policy overseas, the other highlighting strategy differences within the U.S. anti-abortion movement.
The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out.
Quebec's separatist party faces doubts about its very survival after voters solidly rejected the main purpose of its existence — making the French-speaking province an independent country.
After three mass shootings at military bases in the U.S. over the last five years, security experts say the sad truth is that there is probably no practical way of preventing members of the armed forces or civilian employees from carrying guns onto big installations like the Army's Fort Hood in Texas.
In his first interview since fleeing to Russia, Ukraine's ousted president said Wednesday that he was “wrong” to have invited Russian troops into Crimea and vowed to try to persuade Russia to return the coveted Black Sea peninsula.
Even as he criticizes Vladimir Putin and imposes sanctions on Russia, U.S. President Barack Obama is struggling with the consequences of his own earlier quest for a fresh start between Washington and Moscow.
For U.S. President Barack Obama, Russia's aggressive annexation of Crimea is testing central tenets of his foreign policy philosophy: his belief in the power of direct diplomacy, his preference for using economic sanctions as punishment and his inclination to proceed cautiously in order to avoid creating larger long-term problems.
Despite blunt warnings about costs and consequences, U.S. President Barack Obama and European leaders have limited options for retaliating against Russia's military intervention in Ukraine, the former Soviet republic now at the center of an emerging conflict between East and West.