The Brief

Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate In Milwaukee
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A Debate on Obama

There were only two Democrats on the debate stage in Milwaukee on Sunday night, but they should have brought a third podium for President Obama, with heated exchanges over his legacy reflecting how he has become a specter in the Democratic primary contest

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit 2014

Why Is President Obama Hosting Asian Autocrats?

Next week's ASEAN-U.S summit has been described as “an unseemly parade of dictators.” But while it risks worsening the situation for human rights and democracy in the Southeast Asia, the U.S. needs greater influence in China's backyard

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Asian Markets Plummet

Japan's main stock index dived more than 5 percent Friday, leading other Asian markets lower, after a sell-off in banking shares roiled investors in Europe and the U.S. Global stocks have been in a slump since the beginning of the year when China's market plunged dramatically.

The Angel of Independence monument is seen near a building of HSBC in Mexico City

Families of Americans Killed in Mexico Sue HSBC

The families of four U.S. citizens who were murdered by gangs in Mexico have filed a lawsuit against the British multinational bank HSBC, claiming that the bank willfully let the cartels in question launder billions of dollars via its institutions

Trading At The NYSE As U.S. Stocks Join Global Slide

Investors Have Lost $1.78 Trillion This Year

It’s been a rough year for investors, and it’s just getting started. The S&P 500 Index has plunged 10.5% since the first trading day of 2016, erasing $1.78 trillion in value for investors. On average, investors have lost a collective $57 billion per trading day this year

Protesters Riot In The Popular Shopping District Of Mong Kok

China Calls for Punishment for Hong Kong 'Separatists'

The Chinese government has blamed separatists for a riot in Hong Kong on Monday that led to 64 arrests and saw scores of demonstrators and police officers wounded. It called for Hong Kong authorities to punish what it termed "illegal and criminal activities"

Syria Support Group meeting in Munich, Germany

Diplomats Agree to Syria Cease-Fire

Diplomats trying to secure a ceasefire for the civil war in Syria fell short in organizing an immediate truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in the coming week

American rapper Kanye West poses before French fashion house Christian Dior Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 women's ready-to-wear collection show during Paris Fashion Week

Kanye Turns His Mom Into a Video Game

Kanye West has announced his newest venture, Only One: The Game — a video game inspired by his late mother Donda going to heaven. "You've got to bring her to the highest gate of heaven" he said of the game's objective

Elsa and Anna, Frozen, 2013.

'Frozen' Musical Selects Denver for World Premiere

Attention: All flights to Arendelle must first connect through Denver. Disney’s upcoming stage musical adaptation of Frozen, which announced its plans to head to Broadway in the spring of 2018, will first make an out-of-town pit stop in Colorado

J.K. Rowling poses for a photo during an appearance at The David H. Koch Theater in New York on Oct. 16, 2012.

How J.K. Rowling Became a Support System for Her Fans

J.K. Rowling's fans look to her to answer all kinds of questions, from the fate of their favorite character to the truth about that rumored eighth Harry Potter book—but they also ask her about how to cope with depression