The conflict between Islamist militants and the Pakistani state has claimed tens of thousands of lives in the last few years. Recent moves toward peace negotiations were extinguished by a CIA missile that killed the head of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud. He's been replaced by a man notorious for his propaganda skills and ruthlessness, Mullah Fazlullah, also known as the "Radio Mullah."
The rocky diplomatic relationship between China and Japan has taken a downward turn in recent days over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Audie Cornish speaks with Dr. Sheila Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies with the Council on Foreign Relations, about the relationship between the countries.
Sen. Bob Menendez is one of several high-profile Democrats who have voiced skepticism of an interim nuclear deal with Iran. Audie Cornish talks to Menendez his concern over easing economic sanctions on the country. Menendez wants to be able to enforce old sanctions and impose new ones if Iranian officials don't hold up their end of the deal.
The push to get women to breast-feed has been so successful that many mothers who can't do it are looking for other mothers' extra milk. Milk banks that pasteurize and sell donated breast milk have sprung up. Informal online swapping of extra mother's milk has become popular, despite quality concerns.
More than 35 years ago, Bernard Kinsey acquired an 1832 bill of sale for a slave named William Johnson. Since then, Kinsey and his wife have made it their life's work to gather artwork and documents that tell the full story of African-Americans. The Kinsey Collection spans 400 years of history.
The Rev. Kelvin Apurillo rode out Typhoon Haiyan on the second floor of his parish church. Two-thirds of his parishioners are now dead, missing or have left. And he's struggling to make sense of the destruction. In the majority Roman Catholic country, the church has played a key role in relief efforts.
Previous estimates of the climate-warming gas were based on the rough number of methane-emitting sources on the ground — such as factories, refineries, stoves, swamps, landfills and cattle herds. But by directly measuring levels of methane in the air instead, a new study puts the total much higher.
Seniors aged 65 and over represent one of the fastest growing age groups to use social media. But what drives them to do so, and what kinds of technology can help their experience? Audie Cornish speaks with Dr. Laura Carstensen, who heads the Stanford Center on Longevity, for more on the culture of seniors and technology.
Hondurans went to the polls this Sunday to elect a new president. The Central American country has a whole host of problems to deal with, including the highest levels of violence in the world and increased drug cartel activity. Most pressing, though, the new leader will inherit a failing economy. Honduras is broke. It just borrowed, for the first time, $500 million on the international bond market, but that wasn't even enough to bail the country out of its devastating financial troubles.
The Food and Drug Administration has sent a warning letter to the company 23andMe demanding that its saliva test be taken off the market. The company claims the test can detect the genetic likelihood of more than a hundred diseases — a claim the FDA says the company has not proved sufficiently.
A report on the Newtown, Conn., school shooting released Monday says we may never know what motivated Adam Lanza to kill twenty children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly a year ago. The long-awaited summary report from the Connecticut State's Attorney mentions that Lanza was a troubled young man who didn't seem to connect with people. He did not share his plans with anyone before the rampage. The report rules out criminal prosecution and closes the case. It was shared with Newtown family members before being released to the public.
The Obama administration says one of the most important gains in the Iran nuclear deal is that it will buy time for negotiations on a more permanent agreement. If no such agreement is reached, sanctions that have been suspended could be re-imposed. But analysts say the obstacles to a final agreement are still huge, and it may not be easy to regain the leverage that sanctions have achieved so far.