Carnival has received U.S. permission to begin operating cruises to Cuba. The cruises will be offered through the company's new fathom brand, a cruise line that specializes in what the company calls "social impact travel." Passengers will travel under the categories approved by the Treasury Department, allowing people to visit only if they engage in activities that support the Cuban people.
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump has been making controversial statements regarding Mexican immigrants. The government there is refusing to comment on his latest, released on Monday.
Arms sales to Iran and inspections of military sites were two of the sticking points that pushed negotiators past their deadline in Iran nuclear talks on Tuesday.
A bill to lower the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House passed the state's Senate on Tuesday. Outside unexpected celebrations took place in the form of a line dancing class.
Uniformed volunteers are working visitors centers and monitoring trails in the busiest national forest in the country. The White River National Forest in Colorado is increasingly relying on free labor as federal budget cuts continue. The volunteers are doing what forest service staff used to do, including maintaining trails and educating visitors about bear safety.
NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Greek Minister of Administrative Reform George Katrougalos about the Greek debt crisis. He says he's hopeful a compromise can be reached between Greece and Europe.
European leaders met in Brussels on Tuesday for an emergency summit on the Greek debt crisis. They expected a new Greek proposal for a bailout but ended the day empty-handed.
Nguyen Phu Trong, the head of Vietnam's Communist Party, and the most powerful man in the Asian nation, met with President Obama on Tuesday. It is the first time a general secretary of the country's Communist Party has visited the U.S., and a good opportunity for the Obama administration to nurture an ally as it makes its' so-called pivot to Asia.
The issue will now head to the House. Tuesday's 36-3 vote was widely seen as a formality; the S.C. Senate had voted 37-3 to advance the bill after its second reading Monday.
The Confederate flag is again causing controversy after the Charleston church shooting that killed 9 people. The alleged gunman is believed to have been influenced by white supremacists and the flag.
South Texas is rampant with corruption, including voter fraud. Advocates say campaign workers, called politiqueras, are paid to manipulate mail-in ballots.
Hillary Clinton's campaign took the term "wrangling the press" literally when it used a rope to control reporters. She and other candidates have a long history of frustration with the Fourth Estate.
Lawmakers in South Carolina began debating Monday whether to remove the Confederate flag that flies in front of the State House in Columbia, S.C.
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with James Neff about his new book Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy versus Jimmy Hoffa.
In 2000 the world's leaders agreed on an ambitious plan for attacking global poverty by 2015. Called the Millennium Development Goals, these time-bound targets spurred an unprecedented aid effort that helped slash the share of people living in extreme poverty in half. Now nations are hammering out an even broader set of goals for 2030, but this time the task is proving highly controversial. The Millennium Development Goals were drafted in a highly casual way and that simple process proved the key to their success.
The state's Senate will need to approve the bill one more time before it can go on to the House. Monday's tally was 37-3; a final vote will be held Tuesday.
Hanoi and Washington hope to strengthen economic and defense ties, especially in the wake of Beijing's construction on a disputed reef in the South China Sea.
The last thing the GOP wants is to be seen as an anti-immigrant, anti-gay and anti-science. The party has vowed to reform since President Obama's re-election, but change is proving hard.
The latest session made history on several fronts, and accepted cases for next year that will likely make still more. This year the liberals won a lot — but that doesn't mean they will in the future.
Greek voters turned down a bailout offer from European leaders on Sunday. Both before and after the votes were counted, Greeks were divided over how the outcome would affect the country's future.