Islamic militants released US journalist Peter Theo Curtis on Sunday, less than a week after grisly footage emerged of the execution of James Foley.
Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, have begun to abate after a white police officer shot dead an unarmed black teenager on August 9.
A union leader could be the next Chicago mayor, signalling a shift towards progressive politics.
Recent events show that international and humanitarian law are often no more than forms of convenient discourse for those at war.
Many Africans feel America is lagging behind China and others in its engagement with their continent.
Noam Chomsky states that if Israel is boycotted, the same fate should befall the United States. He further believes that a boycott could backfire.
Georgia was always a Republican stronghold, but the Democrats' base is growing fast.
The last US prisoner of war held in Afghanistan has been handed over to the US Special Operations in a dramatic swap for five Taliban detainees.
The last of the United States military forces will leave Afghanistan by the end of 2016, 15 years after the September 2001 attacks in New York.
A 22-year-old man - the son of a Hollywood director - killed six people before taking his own life.
Nigeria is wary of American aid, for fear the US military may gain a foothold in the country.
Nigeria has ruled out the release of Boko Haram fighters in exchange for the freedom of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the militants.
A Federal Reserve official said he expects the US economy to start picking up in the second quarter.
Before the 2016 presidential contest begins, the lesser-known competition for the Republican Party's most influential donors is well under way.
Major industrialised nations have warned Moscow of tougher economic sanctions if it goes beyond the seizure of Crimea.
The US and its G7 allies will gather next week at the Hague to consider a further response to Russia's attempt to absorb Ukraine's Crimea region.
The US and EU have imposed sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans, on a small group of officials from Russia and Ukraine.
President Vladimir Putin says Russia has reserved the right to use all options in Ukraine, but that Moscow would use force only as a last resort.