The Brief

Vitaly Churkin

Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Dead at 64

Russian officials say its ambassador to the United Nations died suddenly in New York City. Vitaly Churkin has been Russia's envoy at the United Nations for a little over a decade and was considered Moscow's great champion at the U.N

Mike Pence in Brussels

Pence Tries to Reassure E.U.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence moved to assuage European Union fears about the strength of Washington's support for the union and its commitment to European security through the NATO military alliance

Lego Batman Defeats The Great Wall at the Box Office

The Great Wall pulled in $18.1 million in its North American debut over Presidents' Day weekend. Lego Batman and Fifty Shades Darker both beat the Chinese-made film, which had high homes for the American market


100+ Fired After 'Day Without Immigrants' Protests

Scores of workers have reportedly lost their jobs after joining the 'Day Without Immigrants' protest, which focused on missing a day of work as a response to President Donald Trump's controversial immigration policies


Mattis: We Won't Seize Iraqi Oil

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq's leaders. Mattis' was speaking on an unannounced visit to Iraq


Malaysia Recalls Envoy Over Kim Jong Nam's Death

Malaysia's ambassador to North Korea has been recalled from Pyongyang "for consultations" amid rising tensions between the countries over the death in Kuala Lumpur of an estranged scion of North Korea's ruling family on Feb. 14

TOPSHOT - Tanks and armoured vehicles of the Iraqi forces, supported by the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries, advance towards the village of Sheikh Younis, south of Mosul, after the offensive to retake the western side of Mosul from Islamic State (IS) group fighters commenced on February 19, 2017. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Fight For Mosul Has Intensified

Iraqi forces launched an assault on the Western half of Mosul on Sunday, marking an intensification of the battle to reclaim the city from the ISIS militants who seized it in 2014. The fight is expected to involve intense street fighting, complicated by the presence of thousands of civilians

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2: Drake performs at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on October 2, 2016. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Drake Says He Shouldn’t Win Grammys for Rap

Drake is questioning his wins for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance for "Hotline Bling" at the 2017 Grammys, saying that the song is not rap. "Maybe because I've rapped in the past or because I'm black, I can't figure out why," he said

Dr. Larry Nassar listens to testimony of a witness during a preliminary hearing Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Lansing, Mich. A judge on Friday ordered Nassar, a former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics sports doctor, to stand trial on sexual assault charges. He is accused of assaulting a girl from the age of 6 until the girl was 12 at his home in Holt, Mich. He has pleaded not guilty. (Robert Killips/Lansing State Journal via AP)

Former U.S. Gymnasts Say They Were Sexually Abused

Three former members of the U.S. women's national gymnastics team say they were sexually abused by the longtime doctor for the sport's governing body. They told CBS's 60 Minutes on Sunday that Dr. Larry Nassar began abusing them as teenagers in the 1990s

Decision Issued In Kim Dotcom Bail Hearing

Kim Dotcom Can Be Extradited to U.S., Says New Zealand Court

New Zealand's High Court has found that Kim Dotcom, best known for creating the now-defunct file sharing service Megaupload, is eligible for extradition to the U.S. for “general criminal law fraud,” rejecting a legal appeal by the self-styled "internet freedom fighter"