Venezuela, a long-time diplomatic thorn on the side of the United States, has won a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
A one-day conference in Cairo has brought pledges of some $5.4 billion to help rebuild Gaza.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is warning that Syrian border town of Kobani is on the verge of being captured by the self-declared Islamic State.
A United Nations report out today lists what it describes as a "staggering array" of possible war crimes and crimes against humanity by the self-declared Islamic State in Iraq
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that makes California the first in the nation to have a clear definition of when people agree to sex.
In an extraordinary and unprecedented move, the Vatican has placed a former archbishop under house arrest after he was accused of paying for sex with children while serving as the papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed a joint meeting of Congress Thursday, thanking lawmakers for their support of Kiev in its fight against Russian-backed separatists.
The Senate joined the House on Thursday in rare bipartisanship by approving a measure to train and equip members of the Syrian opposition.
The final tally was 273 to 156. But many members of both parties broke ranks with their leaders — Reps. John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi — who strongly backed the measure.
Dempsey and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined the White House plan to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State.