The militants are hoping to cement control of the border area between Iraq, Syria and Turkey. At least 14 Kurdish soldiers were reportedly killed in the fighting this weekend.
Months after a girl took the company to task for its female toy figures, Lego has released the Research Institute, a play set created by a "real-life geophysicist, Ellen Kooijman," the company says.
The meat of this scaly, ant-eating creature has become a luxury food for some newly-rich Asians. But all eight pangolin species are now threatened by extinction, with two critically endangered.
The toxins' presence is blamed on algae from Lake Erie, sparking a water ban that has affected about half a million people since it was first announced this weekend.
Google recently announced a font family, Noto, that aims to include all the world's written languages. But it may prove to be an even more ambitious effort than self-driving cars.
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Yunnan Province Sunday afternoon, leveling buildings and rippling roads. Rescue crews are still working to find survivors.
Election officials in Afghanistan are preparing for an audit of all the votes cast in the June election after the two candidates disagreed on how to determine which votes were fraudulent.
Wildfires are ravaging the West Coast, burning homes and prompting evacuations. Responding to wildfires has proven costly and now the Obama administration is reevaluating how it pays to fight them.
Umaru Fofana of the BBC World Service in Sierra Leone tells NPR's Arun Rath about the Ebola situation and the Sierra Leonean president's decision to stay home from the U.S.-Africa summit.
Two months after VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned, President Obama looks set to sign legislation to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs, to the tune of nearly $17 billion.
Another five states hold primaries this coming week, including Tennessee, Kansas and Michigan. NPR's Arun Rath talks to senior Washington correspondent Ron Elving about what's at stake.
The first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit kicks off at the White House on Monday. Africa correspondent Gregory Warner previews what's on the agenda with NPR's Arun Rath.
On Sunday morning, an Israeli airstrike hit outside a UN-run school in Gaza, where many had gone to seek safety. NPR's Arun Rath gets the latest from Mideast correspondent Emily Harris in Gaza.
Being a health worker usually isn't controversial. But in Pakistan, it can get you killed. Fatima Noor explains why she still goes door to door to immunize kids, even though she's scared.
Fears of a medical system that favors the wealthy grow as some doctors reject Affordable Care Act insurance. Insurers need to balance the need to offer consumers low rates and paying doctors enough.
Lately, when Washington ratchets up the pressure on Moscow, Russia increases its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. Some in Washington wonder if it's time to change the approach.
An Israeli attack at a U.N.-run school in Gaza Sunday killed at least 10 people, health officials say. The attack came as Israel declares a soldier believed to have been captured died in battle.
Syracuse artist Sam Van Aken is developing a that will bloom in pink, purple and red in the spring and bear 40 different fruit in the summer and fall. It's one part art, one part agricultural marvel.
Rescuers have so far recovered only eight bodies since the landslide early Saturday blocked a mountain river, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages.
No one on the Supreme Court objected publicly when it voted to let Arizona proceed with the execution of Joseph Wood, who unsuccessfully sought information about the drugs that would be used.