The Brief

Barack Obama
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8M Enrolled in Obamacare

President Obama announced that over 8 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, exceeding projections. He said more than 1 in 4 who signed up for coverage are between the ages of 18 and 34

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

García Márquez Dead at 87

The Nobel-winning author's book One Hundred Years of Solitude established him as the defining member of a movement known as magic realism

APTOPIX South Korea Ship Sinking

Weather Hinders Ferry Search

About 271 people are still missing as the military battles wind and waves to find survivors of the capsized South Korean ferry

Search For Missing Flight MH370 Shifts To Underwater Mission

We Can't Find MH 370 Because We're Basically Blind

We can see countless millions of miles into the blackness of space, but a three-mile depth in the ocean is testing the very limits of our technology. Never mind finding a missing jet, we're incapable of establishing even the most basic facts about the ocean floor

Japan’s most powerful leader in Years, Shinzo Abe aims to reclaim his country’s place on the world stage. That makes many Asians—including some Japanese—uncomfortable

Shinzo Abe Talks Patriotism, WWII

Japan's Prime Minister spoke to TIME's Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs and East Asia Correspondent Hannah Beech on a wide range of topics, from his country's relationships with the U.S. and China to the lessons he took from his own family's political past

The mother of Abdolah Hosseinzadeh, who was murdered in 2007, removes the noose with the help of her husband from around the neck of Balal, who killed her son, during the execution ceremony in the northern city of Nowshahr on April 15, 2014, sparing the life of her son's convicted murderer.

Killer's Life Spared Just Before Hanging in Iran

Hundreds of people are executed every year in Iran, but Balal will not be one of them due to the actions of his victim's mother. Photographer Arash Khamooshi captured the unexpected moment in the northern Iranian city of Nowshahr

Weibo And Sabre Beginning Trading On NASDAQ

Weibo: We'll Be Watching Facebook, Twitter

During its first day on the market in the U.S, the social network known as the "Twitter of China" saw its shares leap 19 percent Thursday. Weibo will now compete directly with social giants like Facebook and Twitter for the attention of U.S. investors

From left: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov at the start of a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine on April 17, 2014 in Geneva.

Obama: Military Options Off the Table in Ukraine

The President said that the United States would not intervene in Ukraine's crisis, after the U.S., E.U., Ukraine and Russia agreed to a plan that includes disarming illegal militants. Obama, however, expressed skepticism that Russia will adhere to the deal

Justin Bieber performs at Staples Center on June 24, 2013 in Los Angeles.

Bieber Edges al-Sisi in TIME 100 Reader Poll

Pop singer Justin Bieber holds first place in TIME's reader poll for the year's most influential people, followed closely by Lady Gaga and Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt's former military chief who is now running for the presidency

Siri

Name That Tune, Siri

A report said the next version of Apple's iPhone software will have built-in features to tell you what song is playing within earshot. Such a move would be a bit of catch-up for Apple, as similar song identifying features are baked into Android via the Google Now app

2012 Chevrolet Cruze sedans

GM's Recalled Cars Can Stay on the Road

A judge ruled that determining whether GM's cars need to be taken off the road is up to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It's a victory for the company as it faces a legal battle related to the recall of 2.6 million vehicles over faulty ignition switches

Hillary And Chelsea Clinton Speak Host Discussion On Girls And Women

Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant

Speaking at an event with her mother and potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the former first daughter said she and her husband Marc Mezvinsky are very excited about the arrival of their first child