At a gala party on Wednesday, Amazon launched its first smartphone. It is distinguished from other phones by the ease with which you can use it to buy things from Amazon.
President Obama is organizing the first of its kind African summit in Washington this summer. In the run-up to that high-level gathering, young African leaders are in the U.S. for a leadership training program. We catch up with some of them on the campus of University of Virginia.
In a major upset, the world's champion soccer team, Spain, lost to Chile 2-0 and has been eliminated from the World Cup tournament. Spaniards have had to deal with a lot of bad news of late. This is the last thing they expected from the world's No. 1 champion team.
China is one of the largest investors in Greece, and has poured money into the country at a time when other investors balked. Beijing wants Greece to be its gateway to Europe's marketplaces.
Islamist Sunni militants reportedly control most of Iraq's largest oil refinery, as they vow to push on to Baghdad. Meanwhile, there is a growing call for Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki to step down.
Real Estate agents often take poetic license with listings: light-filled patio unit means basement apartment. Tom Faison got bored writing the usual listings, and now his are mini works of art.
House Republicans are to pick a new majority leader Thursday, following Eric Cantor's primary defeat. The favorite is Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, whose district is more than a third Latino.
According to a new NPR poll, in the 12 states with competitive Senate races this fall, only 38 percent of likely voters said they approved of the way the president is handling his job.
A controversial practice to tie, hold down or seclude agitated students mostly impacts kids with disabilities. Schools say it's for safety, but opponents say it's dangerous and a civil rights issue.
Federal officials have struck a deal to detain unaccompanied migrant children at an empty college in the tiny town of Lawrenceville, Va. But local pushback has put the plan on hold.
The Belgian pop artist took Europe by storm in 2009 with the song "Alors On Danse." Five years later, he hopes to ride a wave of new hits across the Atlantic.
Fifty years ago, three civil rights workers were killed by Ku Klux Klan members in Mississippi. Organizers who pushed for justice then are now educating youth so they can continue to call for change.
People traveling on the Sanriku Railway Network can now use special KitKat candy wrappers as train tickets. It's part of a campaign to revive tourism after the tsunami in 2011.
An Italian aerospace firm, in conjunction with coffee company Lavazza and the Italian space agency, have jointly developed a system for producing zero-G espresso.
What happened after Africa's biggest country split in two? Renee Montagne talks to James Copnall about his book, A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan's Bitter and Incomplete Divorce.
In World Cup action Tuesday, Brazil and Mexico played to a draw. Despite the dashed hopes of the home team, Brazilians are feeling more buoyant generally about hosting soccer's biggest tournament.
Customs officials confiscated more than 80 pound of caramel spread. Officials say they'll release the sweet treat when the team presents a health certificate for the milk-based product.
Seun Kuti, who is the son of Afrobeat star Fela, now leads his father's band. With their third album — "A Long Way to the Beginning" — Kuti says he and the band have finally perfected their Afrobeat sound.