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Pope delivers political message on immigration, tolerance to Congress

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Pope Francis challenged America Thursday to embrace millions of undocumented immigrants and join a global campaign against climate change and poverty, wading undaunted into the nation's volatile politics in a historic address to Congress.<p>Francis also called for a fairer world …

Christianity

More Than 700 People Killed in Mecca Stampede

A midmorning panic and crush in nearby Mina also injured more than 800 people during the annual pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest city<p>A stampede during the annual pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest site killed more than 700 people and brought sharp recriminations of host country Saudi Arabia from rival Iran …

Saudi Arabia

South China See: Satellite Images Show China’s Continued Island Building

In early August, China’s foreign minister said the country had stopped land reclamation projects in the South China Sea that were worrying neighbors and irking the U.S. With Chinese President Xi Jinping gearing up for a state visit to the U.S., a Washington-based think tank has published satellite …

China Has ‘Serious Concerns’ As U.S. Ships Patrol Around Island Claims

China’s Foreign Ministry has “serious concerns” about the U.S. decision to send warships to patrol in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. …

China

This map shows where Russia and Iran are propping up Assad in Syria

Is Bashar al-Assad losing the Syrian Civil War?<p>Given recent reports of direct Russian military support for the Syrian regime as well as continued increases in the assistance provided by Iran and its proxies, this map details the known or assessed locations where Russia, Iran, and Iranian proxies …

Russia Intervenes in Syria's Civil War -- Will this Be the End for Vladimir Putin?

A mythology surrounds the man who has been President or Prime Minister of the Russian Federation for the past sixteen years, particularly among a clique of sycophants in Western Europe and the United States. This Putin myth, embellished by the Kremlin's international television propaganda arm …

India, Russia to Form Cybersecurity Group?

Security Leaders Sound Skeptical of Plan to Counter Terrorism Geetha Nandikotkur (AsiaSecEditor) • September 15, 2015<p>An official statement from the …

Counterterrorism

US warns Russia over support for Syrian regime

US Secretary of State John Kerry has told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Moscow's "continued support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad risks exacerbating and extending the conflict" in the country.<p>Kerry made the comments on Tuesday in his third phone call to Lavrov in the past 10 …

John Kerry tells Russia its support for Syria's Assad risks 'extending conflict'

US secretary of state makes third call in 10 days to Russian counterpart after president Vladimir Putin defended his military assistance to Assad's government<p>US secretary of state John Kerry on Tuesday made his third phone call to his Russian counterpart in the last 10 days, the State Department …

What is Russia up to in Syria?

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> For the third time in 10 days, the Russian foreign minister has received an alarmed telephone call from his American counterpart over Syria.<p>U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry has been positively badgering Sergei Lavrov with expressions of concern over reports of a Russian military …

Why Russia and the U.S. Disagree on Syria

Now that Russia has made it clear that it won't stay on the sidelines in the Syrian conflict, U.S. strategists are forced to think up a response. …

China and Russia Grow Even Closer

Xi Jinping’s appearance at Vladimir Putin’s side at the Victory Parade in Moscow signifies a deepened relationship based on a common adversary: the United States.<p>On Saturday, Russia staged a grand celebration in Moscow to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the country’s defeat Nazi Germany in …

Russia

IS massacres 145 civilians in Syria offensive

Islamic State fighters killed at least 145 civilians in an attack on the Syrian town of Kobani and a nearby village, in what a monitoring group …

California wildfires burn hundreds of homes, change lives

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's a painful sight, even for a veteran firefighter.<p>Bob Cummensky peered over a devastated section of Middletown, California, where home after home was gobbled up by the Valley Fire.<p>"It's such a beautiful area and it's changed forever," he told CNN affiliate KOVR, pointing to the scorched …

California Wildfires

Floods kill 8, leave 5 missing in town known for sect leader

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A wall of water swept away two vehicles carrying women and children in a Utah-Arizona border town Monday, killing at least …

Salt Lake City

Second death reported in California wildfires as rain gives crews break

LAKEPORT, Calif. (Reuters) - A second fatality was confirmed on Wednesday in the massive California wildfires that have also destroyed more than 800 homes and forced the evacuation of 20,000 people, but crews appeared to turn a corner against the blazes as rain fell over the region.<p>Daniel Berlant, …

Floods in Utah kill 16, leave four missing

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two vehicles carrying women and children from a park were washed away by a flash flood barreling down a canyon near the Utah-Arizona border, leaving 12 people dead and one person missing, officials said Tuesday.<p>It was not the only deadly incident attributable to the fast-moving water. In …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Netanyahu to Russia next week for talks on Syria: Israeli official

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Russia next week for talks with President Vladimir Putin on the expanding Russian military presence in Syria, an Israeli official said on Wednesday.<p>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens to his Finance Minister …

North Korea Says It Has Restarted Its Main Nuclear-Bomb Plant

Western concerns grow that Pyongyang is elevating its nuclear threat, a day after it suggested plans to test a long-range rocket<p>SEOUL—North Korea said it restarted its main plant for producing nuclear bombs, backing experts’ assessments that satellite imagery shows the facility to have been at …

North Korea

7 Essentials for Any Hiking Trip

If you’re tired of working out in a gym and are looking to breathe fresh air during your workouts, why not consider going for a hike instead of …