Map: The Islamic State’s disturbingly successful week

The militant group claimed two major cities in Iraq and Syria, showing both the Iraqi army's weaknesses and the militant group's growing power.

‘Olympic Park’ viral video satirizes failing Rio infrastructure

After six long years, international cricket returns to Pakistan

Zimbabwe became the first team to visit the country after international cricket was banned in early 2009.

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The sad story of Kim Jong Chul, the North Korean leader’s brother and Eric Clapton megafan

He went to see him two nights in a row in London.

Islamic State burned a woman alive for not engaging in an ‘extreme’ sex act, U.N. official says

The leading U.N. investigator of sex crimes in war zones says violence against women is central to the Islamic State's ideology.

Beijing’s air is getting slightly better — here’s how and why

Two weeks of clear blues put a smile back on Beijing residents' faces. Officials say air quality is improving.

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Irish expats are crossing borders and seas to get #hometovote in historic same-sex marriage referendum

Young voters in particular are coming back to cast their votes.

Map: These countries have the world’s deadliest roads

India's alarming number of traffic deaths and road violations gripped the nation earlier this month.

Among Syrians, Palmyra is famous for a different landmark — its brutal prison

Faraj Bayrakdar, a Syrian poet who spent four years in the prison, once dubbed it a "kingdom of death and madness."

The splendors of Palmyra, the ancient Syrian city captured by the Islamic State

Some of the magnificent ruins now at risk of destruction by the Islamic State

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