The Brief

Ebola in Liberia

Ebola Outbreak Cancels Soccer

A major tournament has been postponed in Liberia as West African countries struggle to contain the deadly disease, which has killed over 670 people

NSA Surveillance-Privacy Report

Senate Boosts NSA Reform Bill

Senator Patrick Leahy’s USA Freedom Act carries stronger restrictions than a version passed out of the House of Representatives earlier this year

The Man Who Haunts Israel

Khaled Mashaal was nearly assassinated by Benjamin Netanyahu. Then Israel’s Prime Minister was forced to bring the Hamas leader back to life as part of an exchange. Now their deadly history hangs over the conflict that roils the Middle East

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to reporters about new sanctions imposed on Russia as he departs the White House

Obama: 'Not a New Cold War' With Russia

President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. will escalate sanctions on the Russian economy nearly two weeks after the shootdown of a civilian airliner over eastern Ukraine and amid growing violence along that country's border with Russia

CDC photo of  two "Anopheles gambiae" mosquitoes  the principal vector of malaria in Africa

World's First Malaria Vaccine Could Be a Year Away

Researchers found that for every 1,000 children who received the vaccine, 800 cases of illness could be prevented and the children retained protection 18 months after being injected. Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline has applied for regulatory approval

Zhou Yongkang, then Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 9, 2012.

China's Former Security Czar Faces Corruption Probe

Zhou Yongkang, former head of China's police state, becomes the most senior official yet caught up in President Xi Jinping's anticorruption crusade. Until late 2012, Zhou was a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, the elite clique of communists that rule China


Driverless Cars to Hit Roads in Britain by January

The British government will announce plans to test autonomous vehicles on public roads by January, but first the law will need to be revised to allow driverless cars on the streets. Singapore, Japan and Germany have already begun testing driverless vehicles in public

A general view shows fire burning at a fuel depot near the airport road in Tripoli

Libyan Rebels Capture Base in Benghazi

A special-forces base in Benghazi has fallen after rebel militias and Islamic militants pounded the enclave with salvos of rocket fire and artillery. Since the ousting of former strongman Muammar Gaddafi, the country has gone through periods of perennial chaos

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi reacts during the final football match between Germany and Argentina for the FIFA World Cup at The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014.

Lionel Messi Faces Messy Tax-Fraud Allegations

The highest-paid football player in the world might be in serious financial trouble: Messi and his father allegedly owe $5.3 million in unpaid taxes to Spain. If they — in an unlikely case — are convicted, the pair could face up to six years in prison and nearly $32 million in fines

Paramount Apologizes for TMNT 9/11 Snafu

Though apparently unintentional, the combination of imagery and release date predictably elicited outrage online, for evoking the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, during which desperate victims were seen on camera leaping from the burning World Trade Center

Instagram Just Unveiled Bolt, Its Answer to Snapchat

The photo-sharing, Facebook-owned social network unveiled a new messaging app that allows users to send short-lived photo and video messages via mobile. For the moment, Bolt can only be used in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa