Zookeepers shot and killed a rare gorilla on Sunday after a 3-year-old boy slipped into its enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, triggering outcry over how the situation was handled.
Mauritania, the West African country long thought to be home to the world's highest percentage of enslaved people, no longer holds that lamentable title, according to a report released late Monday.
An African court on Monday sentenced former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre to life in prison for crimes against humanity in a landmark case that rights groups say could open the door for more war crimes convictions on the continent.
Bernie Sanders has a sarcastic new nickname for Donald Trump: "Mr. Macho."
One of Israel's most controversial politicians, hard-liner Avigdor Liberman, was sworn in as the country's new defense minister on Monday.
New photos released by Belgium give a close-up look at some interesting Russian aircraft that Belgian F-16 fighters encountered during a four-month stint as part of NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission.
A record-setting college swimmer and recent graduate died Saturday during lifeguard tryouts off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
It's been described as a piece of "fashion history" by auction house Christie's.
A court in the United Arab Emirates acquitted two U.S. citizens, a father and son, on Monday of criminal charges including engaging in hostilities in a foreign country, according to several UAE media outlets with reporters at the hearing.
Iran has barred its pilgrims from traveling to Mecca to take part in the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage after accusing Saudi Arabia of failing to guarantee the safety of its citizens.
A 46-year-old woman is feared dead after being attacked by a crocodile while swimming with a friend on a beach in far North Queensland in Australia.
Rising sea temperatures have led to mass coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef, Australian scientists say.
As security concerns mount at international airports, more security officials are turning to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport to understand what it does differently.
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World No. 2 Jordan Spieth achieves a lifelong dream despite being reminded all too vividly of one of his biggest career disappointments by a heckler in the watching gallery.
Jens Hilgers is a geek, it's how he describes himself both in person and on the bio of his LinkedIn page -- "entrepreneur, geek, gamer, tree hugger."
Technology company Qualcomm is hoping to revolutionize the way electric cars are charged.
Eighteen Albanian migrants rescued off Britain's southern coast over the weekend might have thought they were sailing to a new life of opportunity. Instead they have found themselves the latest political football in the contentious debate over whether the UK should leave the European Union.
Police in Germany are appealing for sightings of former members of the infamous far-left Baader-Meinhof terror group, who appear to have come out retirement to attempt armed robberies to fund their lives on the run.
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A new label on some of the steaks in your grocery store highlights a production process you may have never heard of: mechanical tenderizing.
A photo of a Japanese hostage in Syria holding up a sign which reads, "Please help me," and "This is the last chance," along with his name in Japanese has emerged about two months after he was last seen in what appeared to be a hostage video.
It's early evening and you're with friends, enjoying a drink or two. The sun is shining after all and it's been a long week.
Harvard University has called 2016 graduate Donovan Livingston's spoken-verse commencement speech "one of the most powerful, heartfelt student speeches you will ever hear!"
Lewis Hamilton became only the 15th driver in history to win multiple Monaco Grands Prix, producing a masterclass of driving on the Côte d'Azur to claim his maiden victory in 2016.
The leader of a Pakistani Islamic council has proposed a bill that allows husbands to "lightly beat" their wives as a form of discipline.
An Egyptian criminal court on Monday handed down a life sentence to the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood along with 35 other members of the outlawed Islamist group, a state-run news agency reported.
Bleaching has killed off 35% of coral in central and northern parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, extensive aerial and underwater surveys have revealed.
Falluja has a long history of bloody battles and is a hotbed of Sunni insurgent groups.
Scientists with the Hohonu Moana Expedition have discovered the largest known sea sponge off the coast of Hawaii.
CNN's Nick Paton Walsh explains how the changing leadership and conflict have changed the Taliban.
A 4-year-old boy came face to face with a 400-pound lowland gorilla after falling into an exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo.
A Chinese detergent ad is attracting outrage on both the Chinese and wider web, with users blasting it for being racist. CNN's Matt Rivers reports.
Mohammad al-Sheikh's flexibility is nothing short of amazing. The 12-year old has already starred on TV, now he's aiming higher.
American daredevil Jeb Corliss jumped out of a helicopter, flew out in a wingsuit and hit his apple-sized target over the Great Wall of China.
Researchers have found mysterious man-made structures from 176,500 years ago in a cave in southwest France.
Australia clinches the Women's Sevens Series rugby title for the first time, despite losing to Canada in the final at Clermont-Ferrand in France.
The annual Al-Gaffal dhow race is Dubai's way of honoring its roots in the pearl trade.
Take a look at 30 amazing sports photos from May 17 through May 23.
The legal controversy surrounding North Carolina's "bathroom bill" is not about bigotry. To be sure, unequal treatment of and discrimination against the transgender community could be one of the intended consequences of what is being proposed. But ultimately, the legal battle being forged between the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and the State of North Carolina is an issue of separation of power. And it's not clear that this is a battle that the Justice Department can win.
The crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 early Thursday and the recovery of some wreckage Friday was a tragic end to a week that had begun with viral video of huge lines at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints in the United States. These two developments have understandably raised two related questions about aviation security: Are we doing the right things, and are we doing the right things right?
Well, it's that time again. Every four years, like clockwork, the big talk pronouncements begin: the promises soon to be left unfulfilled, the bellicose hype that months from now will be long gone and gladly forgotten. All the chest-thumping and jingoism that we are seeing right now will just melt away and we will go back to business as usual.
U.S. President Barack Obama is in Vietnam forging stronger ties with a country that was the scene of bitter conflict just over 40 years ago.
Donald Trump is in a spot all too familiar to other politicians, but unusual for him: He needs to regain his footing after a tough few days.
The disappearance of EgyptAir Flight 804, which vanished from radar on its way from Paris to Cairo early Thursday, has once again prompted people to ask a question that looms in the back of the mind of many travelers: Is flying really safe?
In their art, Tayeba Bagum Lipi and Mahbubur Rahman highlight the experiences of Dhaka's alienated hijra community.
Harmony of the Seas sets off on its official maiden voyage on May 29
The world's largest blue diamond, an extremely rare gem known as "The Oppenheimer Blue", sold for $57.5 million at Christie's Geneva Wednesday night, making it the most expensive diamond ever to be sold at auction.
Scientists at Georgia Tech have developed technology that allows dogs to trigger audible cues or send text message alerts.
Today, between 59 and 67.2 million refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons are trapped in a state of temporary permanence. Sean Anderson of the Museum of Modern Art in New York explains why innovative architecture must be part of the solution.
Exclusive hotels-within-hotels are popping up at select properties across North America.
Palm oil is used in many of our everyday products, but high demand has displaced thousands, say activists.