So far about 380 American officials and private citizens and 300 foreign nationals have been airlifted from the country.
More than 240 people have left Germany to join the civil war in Syria — the largest reported number from a European country. Some officials fear the radicalized German fighters could eventually pose a security threat to Europe.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum added two video games to its permanent collection last week. Acquiring a work means preserving it for years to come — and digital media like video games present a host of challenges for preservationists.
The 26th Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo is in full swing in China. See some of the wonder.
For bilateral relations to succeed, said Castro, the countries must learn to respect their differences. Cuba's not changing, he said. And they're demanding that the U.S. change its ways.
For more than a decade, Stern Pinball was the only company manufacturing pinball machines. A New Jersey startup company is trying to shake up that monopoly. But with decreased demand for the games, it's unclear whether the pinball industry is big enough for two.
Last week's budget deal includes a reduction of military pensions for those under age 62. The provision has some Republican senators howling, saying that the cuts hit veterans too hard.
Bronfman, the first representative of a Jewish organization to speak before the United Nations, was also responsible for expanding Seagrams, which he inherited from his father.
Muslim-Christian violence in the Central African Republic continued as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power traveled there on Thursday. She's urging the international community and local leaders to bring those responsible for atrocities to a peaceful means of justice.
The storm system is already being blamed for three deaths. The good news? The frightful weather is forecast to move out by Christmas.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky's imprisonment was widely seen as the Kremlin's attempt to silence his opposition. During a press conference, Khodorkovsky added that he did not have political ambitions.
Joseph's House is a hospice in Washington, D.C., for people who don't have a home. Started in 1990, it's a spot where people with end-stage AIDS and cancer can come to receive food, shelter, medication and community. NPR's Rachel Martin checks in for the holidays.
Monday's game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Detroit Lions came down to the kicker. NPR's Rachel Martin and sports reporter Mike Pesca discuss the role of the NFL kicker and whether that job is getting more respect from fans and players.
A deal between the ruling Islamists and the secular opposition has opened a new path for Tunisia. NPR's Rachel Martin gets a post-Arab Spring update on the country from researcher Monica Marks.
It was a year of turmoil in Egypt. After being democratically elected following Hosni Mubarak's ouster, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was removed from power. The military-led government has since consolidated its power and cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood. NPR's Rachel Martin and foreign correspondent Leila Fadel review this year's tumultuous developments.
In Seattle, an underground mystery has halted the digging of a new highway tunnel underneath downtown. The world's largest tunneling machine ground to a halt two weeks ago, and engineers are still trying to figure out why.
Christine Fox was recently named acting deputy defense secretary, making her the highest-ranking woman in Pentagon history. She talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the Pentagon's budget challenges, her long career in defense and about inspiring Kelly McGillis' character in the movie Top Gun.
By the end of December, interns are nearing the midpoint of their first year of intense, hands-on work with patients. That's long enough for the young doctors to feel committed to their chosen career but not nearly far enough along to see the finish line.
It's not just lack of quality or freshness that can put a damper on your in-flight meal: Our senses are scrambled at high altitudes. Those sweet and salty sensors might be off as much as 30 percent while in flight.
Over the past decade, the government has been paying farmers to keep their land covered with native grasses instead of crops. But as grain prices have risen, the conservation reserve has shrunk by more than 25 percent. This decline in native grasslands means more soil erosion and less habitat for wildlife.