The Brief

Asian workers wear mouth and nose masks while on duty during a football match at the King Fahad stadium, on April 22, 2014 in Riyadh.

More Deaths in MERS Outbreak

Nearly 300 people are infected in Saudi Arabia, and some worry that the virus could spread when millions of Muslims make the Hajj to Mecca later this year

Rancher Cliven Bundy poses at his home in Bunkerville, Nevada, April 11, 2014.

Nevada Ranch Rebel Gets Racist

Cliven Bundy's refusal to pay the government to graze his cattle herd on public land was overshadowed by his recent pro-slavery comments

Umpires check Michael Pineda for a foreign substance as Derek Jeter looks on.

Yankees Pitcher Strikes Out for Illegal Use of Pine Tar

New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended for 10 games after umpires found the grip-enhancing substance on his neck during last night's game against the Red Sox. Pineda claimed he used the pine tar because he couldn't feel the ball due to chilly temps

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand - Day 4

Bilbo No He Didn't: Jackson Renames Hobbit 3

Director Peter Jackson made a last-minute title change while editing the final Hobbit film, which until now had been referred to by the studio as There and Back Again, to the un-Tolkien-like Battle of the Five Armies

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, on Jan. 12, 2014.

Netanyahu: Palestinian Deal 'Great Reverse for Peace'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called off peace talks one day after rival factions Fatah and Hamas announced a unity deal. He added that the choice for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is "peace with Israel or a pact with Hamas"

U.S. journalist Simon Ostrovsky, who was abducted and held by pro-Kremlin rebels in east Ukraine this week, arrives in a hotel in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk after being freed, on April 24, 2014.

VICE Journalist Released

Simon Ostrovsky was said to be in good health after being released from captivity, three days after being detained by pro-Russia militia

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the journalists after a nationally televised question-and-answer session on April 17, 2014 in Moscow.

Putin: Internet a 'CIA Project'

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for his country to "fight for its interests" on the Internet, which he believes is a CIA project. Earlier this week, Russian parliament passed a law requiring social media websites to save information about their users for at least half a year

A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, California

Tech Giants Fund Encryption After Heartbleed Bug

Google, Amazon, Microsoft and at least nine other companies plan to contribute $100,000 or more per year over the next three years to the Core Infrastructure Initiative in the wake of the Heartbleed bug that targeted the free encryption protocol OpenSSL

Phil Bryant, governor of Mississippi, attends the Wal-Mart Manufacturing Summit in Orlando, Fla., on Aug. 22, 2013.

Advocates, Critics React To Mississippi Abortion Bill

The bill signed this week by Gov. Phil Bryant that bans abortions after the midpoint of a pregnancy, and which makes no exception to cases of rape or incest, has quickly provoked adverse reactions from the pro-choice and pro-life communities

South Korean Ferry

Doomed Ferry Journey Had Litany of Errors

Prosecutors have raided the offices and home of the Sewol's reclusive owner, seeking answers to a tragedy that has so far claimed 171 lives, many of them schoolchildren, while divers search for still-missing passengers

Three Americans Killed in Kabul Hospital Attack

Three American doctors were killed by an Afghan policeman at the Cure International Hospital on Thursday, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul has confirmed. The suspected shooter, newly assigned to guard the hospital, was wounded and is being held and treated


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Joan Rivers: 'Let's Move On'

Attorneys for Cleveland kidnapping victims Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus called for an apology after Joan Rivers, who jokingly compared living in her daughter's guest room to being kidnapped and tortured by Ariel Castro... but to no avail