International

02/10/2016 - 1:00pm

    Of the critical global challenges faced by the Obama administration in its final year, Syria may be the most confounding.

    The brutal Syrian civil war has reached a crisis point, with more than 250,000 dead and 12 million Syrians homeless. The cancer of this...

02/10/2016 - 7:00am

    As a journalist based in northern Iraq for the past six years, I've seen the war with the Islamic State closer than I'd like. In the summer of 2014, my best friend, a man I'd come to love and respect during my time reporting here, was taken prisoner by the...

02/09/2016 - 11:00am

    Occasionally, something happens to put real life into perspective - even when I am living inside the noise that is a presidential campaign.

    I had first noticed the exhausted young family at the O'Hare...

02/08/2016 - 12:00am

    In a handful of labs around the world, scientists have quietly invented a new and powerful biotech weapon against disease-carrying mosquitoes. Called gene drive, it goes far beyond ordinary genetic modification, bending the rules of inheritance to spread modified genes...

02/07/2016 - 9:00am

    Last week, we were treated to a bout of speculation that Shigehisa Takada, chief executive officer of Takata Corp., would resign after the companies' faulty and lethal airbags led to a wave of auto recalls. Takada kept his job for the time being. But the focus on...

02/06/2016 - 7:00pm

    The mosquito-borne Zika virus has reproductive-age women, families and governments across the Americas nervous, and for good reason. Some 4,000 babies have been born with microcephaly, a condition marked by an abnormally small head and potentially devastating brain...

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