The 52 scientists and paying passengers were aboard a ship that got stuck in the ice on Christmas Eve. It was about 10 days before they were helicoptered to another ship nearby. Who will pay the $2 million or so it cost to rescue the group? That's being negotiated.
In his annual letter about the work of his foundation, the Microsoft co-founder says once-impoverished nations have already made tremendous progress and more will follow their lead.
Syria's foreign minister said the opposition is made up of traitors. The opposition's delegate asked the world "who do you believe?" Secretary of State John Kerry laid the blame for civilians' deaths at the feet of the Assad regime. Prospects for progress appear to be dim.
Representatives from dozens of countries are set to open peace talks today to try to find an end to the bloodshed in Syria. Arend Van Dam thinks the international community is gathering too late to solve the crisis, while Tom Janssen sees irony in negotiations that involve Bashar Assad's regime.
With the Syrian civil war still raging, a peace conference opens in Switzerland that will include some but not all of the factions involved in the fighting. A breakthrough looks like a long shot.
Three protesters have died in clashes with police in the Ukrainian capital Wednesday, according to medics on the site. The deaths are a grim escalation of the country's two-month political crisis.
January 21, 2014 The meeting in March will be the two men's first face-to-face encounter. The president and the pontiff have a shared interest in fighting income inequality, but the Roman Catholic Church still has serious differences with the president on issues such as abortion.