The Brief

A member of the Iraqi security forces fires artillery during clashes with Islamic State militants near Falluja
Alaa Al-Marjani—Reuters

The Battle to Retake Fallujah

Iraqi forces completed a troop buildup around Fallujah to retake the city. Fallujah is one of the last major ISIS strongholds in Iraq, but government officials and aid groups estimate that more than 50,000 people remain inside

TOPSHOT - Members of the US Army place American flags at graves at Arlington National Cemetery May 26, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia in preparation for Memorial Day. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Memorial Day’s True Legacy

The scourge of terrorism can make it seem like the world is aflame. But battlefield deaths—which is what we honor on Memorial Day—are down around the world, TIME's Mark Thompson writes

A dead body is disembarked from the Italian Navy vessel Vega at the Reggio Calabria harbour, southern Italy, May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

700 Migrants Feared Dead in Mediterranean Shipwrecks

Survivor accounts have pushed to more than 700 the number of migrants feared dead in Mediterranean Sea shipwrecks over three days in the past week, even as European ships saved thousands of others in daring rescue operations

Bright, frosty polar caps, and clouds above a vivid, rust-colored landscape reveal Mars as a dynamic seasonal planet on May 12, 2016.

Earth and Mars Are About to Get Very Cozy

A rare orbital alignment means Mars will makes an unusually close pass by Earth on Monday, drawing nearer—and looming larger—than at any time since 2005. Here's what's behind the cosmic coziness

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally at Lincoln Park on May 23, 2016 in East Los Angeles, California.

Sanders: Superdelegates Should Consider Clinton’s Email

Bernie Sanders said in a new interview that voters, and superdelegates to the Democratic convention, should take a “hard look” at a recent and highly critical State Department report on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while Secretary of State

Alexander Rossi drives through turn one during the final practice session for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Rookie Alexander Rossi Wins the Indy 500

Alexander Rossi has won the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. The rookie managed to conserve fuel while the leaders pit in the closing laps, coasting across the finish line on fumes to give Andretti Herta Autosport a stunning victory in the centennial race

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio announces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida.

Rubio Apologized to Trump for 'Small Hands' Swipe

Marco Rubio said in a new interview that he personally apologized to Donald Trump while still on the campaign trail for a swipe he took at the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's “small hands”

A worker stands inside the Olympic Aquatics Stadium during a foreign media tour at the Olympic Park of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, April 4, 2016. The stadium will host swimming and water polo during the Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

WHO: Zika Outbreak Won't Stop Olympics

The World Health Organization says there is "no public health justification" for postponing or canceling the Rio Summer Olympics because of the Zika outbreak in Brazil, a day after 150 health experts called for the games to be relocated

EgyptAir employees and relatives of the victims light candles during the commemoration march for 66 victims of EgyptAir flight MS804 crash in front of Opera Building in Cairo, Egypt on May 26, 2016.

Experts Puzzle Over EgyptAir Crash

A week after EgyptAir Flight 804 went down, from what experts and government officials from Cairo to Washington continue to say was very likely a terrorist attack, no terrorist group has taken responsibility. So experts have other theories