The announcement last week that North Korea has agreed with the United States to halt nuclear and long-range missile tests and suspend its uranium enrichment programme in return for thousands of tonnes of food aid is a welcome sign of progress in the isolationist Stalinist regime.
At a time when the tax rates for the wealthy in the United States are under scrutiny, Chuck Collins takes aim at the country's biggest corporations.
Forecasters say the heat wave gripping the central US is "unrelenting" and sweaty residents shouldn't expect any relief soon.
The Mississippi River has crested in Memphis at a height just centimetres short of the area's all-time record but still soaking low-lying areas with enough water to require a massive cleanup.
A Swiss daredevil who calls himself "JetMan" has scrapped plans to fly over the Grand Canyon in a jet-propelled wing suit.
The tornadoes which hit the southern United States on Wednesday marked the second-deadliest day of twisters in US history, leaving 341 people dead across seven states - including 249 in Alabama.
Authorities say the death toll from the devastating tornado outbreak across the southern US has climbed to 318, making it the deadliest day for twisters since the Great Depression.
Rescue crews are searching for survivors in wind-blasted landscapes in North Carolina, the state hardest hit by a storm system that spawned dozens of tornadoes from Oklahoma to Virginia and left dozens dead.
Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords spoke for the first time since she was shot in the forehead, yet another significant milestone in her recovery from a traumatic brain injury.
A student opened fire at an Omaha high school today wounding two adults including the principal and causing students to rush to a school kitchen to take cover, authorities said.
Job prospects are rolling in for a homeless man with a golden radio voice who has quickly become an online sensation.
The top military leaders from the United States and South Korea have begun talks in Seoul on the Korean peninsula's security worries following a deadly North Korean artillery strike last month.
Hundreds of thousands of State Department documents leaked today revealed a hidden world of backstage international diplomacy, divulging candid comments from world leaders and detailing occasional US pressure tactics aimed at hot spots in Afghanistan, Iran and North Korea.
The political gridlock in the United States is expected to have a positive effect on US financial markets, but brokers do not believe there will be much impact in New Zealand because too many economic problems remain.
A college football player parked in a fire lane outside a bar in New York state sped away from police rapping on his car window, hit an officer who clung to the hood as the sedan barreled toward a colleague, and was killed by a burst of police gunfire that pierced his windshield, authorities said.
The leader of a small Florida church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy said today he was determined to go through with his plan to burn copies of the Koran on September 11, despite pressure from the White House, religious leaders and others to call it off.
Anna Chapman is an accused spy who hid in plain sight.
Ten people have been arrested by the FBI for allegedly serving for years as secret agents of Russia's intelligence service, the SVR, with the goal of penetrating US government policymaking circles.
The United States Supreme Court said today that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defence anywhere they live, expanding the conservative court's embrace of gun rights since John Roberts became Chief Justice.
Flash floods have killed 12 people in a pair of remote Arkansas valleys, and emergency workers say family members are reporting that more than three dozen people are unaccounted for.