Domestic politics limits the options available to President Obama in his effort to contain the militant group Islamic State. Obama himself has imposed constraints on his own powers.
Ukraine has accused Russia of trying to open a new front in the war between the government and pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Melissa Block talks with Sloan Gibson, the deputy secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, about the results of a recent probe into wait times at VA facilities.
NPR's Sam Sanders asked that question of black men in New York and Los Angeles, and he shares just a few of their answers here.
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has arrived in West Africa to assess the Ebola outbreak. The situation in Liberia, he says, is "absolutely unprecedented."
Gerald Gray talks with his son Jarabi, who is deputy director of Youth Radio, about the first time they discussed their racial differences. Gerald is white, his wife is black and they raised their son to identify as black. As a teen, Jarabi wondered how that made his father feel.
Burger King is buying Tim Horton's, the Canadian coffee-and-donut chain, in a deal valued at $11 billion. The new company will be headquartered in Ontario, Canada, allowing Burger King to take advantage of Canada's lower corporate tax rate. The relocation is bound to cause controversy in the U.S.
Israel and Hamas have agreed on a cease-fire, which raises hopes of an end to the seven-week war in Gaza that has killed more than 2,000 people.
Melissa Block speaks with Tom Lawson, the chair of the social studies department at the McCleur High School, which is in the Ferguson-Florrisant school district in Missouri. Some area high schools just had their first day of the school year, after delays following Michael Brown's fatal shooting.
Two years ago in Anaheim, Calif., events unfolded not unlike those recently in Ferguson, Mo. In Anaheim then, two Latino men were shot by police, and civic anger turned into a few nights of sometimes-violent demonstrations. Now, Anaheim's police and government are trying to work more closely with the Latino community, and a vote in November could make some major changes.
Robert Siegel talks with Dr. Colin Gordon, a history professor at the University of Iowa, about how the map of St. Louis County reveals some of the sources for the recent unrest in Ferguson, Mo.
In a new installment of a series on trade lingo, restaurant owner Karan Pfingst relates theories behind the inexplicably named "monkey dish" and Brook Frye offers a frightful coinage: the "waitmare."
Robert Siegel speaks with Stephen R. Kelly, a visiting professor at Duke University, about how North and South Carolina hope to resolve questions about the border between them. The original border, which was mandated by the British during the colonial era, was never surveyed properly. That's caused headaches ever since the 18th century.
Your birth and death define the end points of a line in the four dimensions of space-time, explains commentator Adam Frank. All the moments and all the places in between fill out this line.
But the report from the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs did find other system-wide problems that the department said it will fix.
Libya keeps spiraling downward as Islamist fighters slug it out with forces loyal to a rogue general in the capital Tripoli and elsewhere.
Ebola has a nasty reputation for damaging the body, especially its blood vessels. But when you look at the nitty-gritty details of what happens after a person is infected, a surprising fact surfaces.
The 17-story shard of an apartment building, which was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike, looms over a Gaza City neighborhood. The tower is a symbol of the ongoing, dangerous uncertainties of life late in the second month of the war between Israel and Hamas.
In a new video for the song "You Will Find A Way" by Maps, a cardboard robot, built by a lonely girl, comes to life and goes out in search of companionship.
Freeh, who issued a scorching report in the Penn State University sex abuse scandal, apparently drove his SUV off the road in Vermont.