TOKYO - North Korea is not about to surrender its nuclear weapons, because the regime considers them essential to its survival. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un cannot be starved into submission, and sanctions will only make him more hostile and unpredictable. Those views are reflected in a report released Thursday that recommends upending decades American policymaking in favor of a new strategy that can be broadly summarized as contain, engage and transform.
It's a big step for women. If all goes according to plan, on March 29, astronauts aboard the International Space Station are scheduled to conduct the first all-female spacewalk. Anne McClain and Christine Koch will venture out together about 240 miles above the Earth, and make history. To add to the significance of their mission, the spacewalk will take place during Women's History Month.
LONDON - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II published her first Instagram post Thursday, March 7, during a visit to London's Science Museum. Dressed head to toe in a vibrant tangerine outfit complete with pearls and dark gloves, the 92-year-old monarch appeared to be in good spirits as she published the image using an iPad. The surrounding crowd applauded as the image was shared to the Royal Instagram account that has more than 4.5 million followers.
The second-most consequential moment in Alex Trebek's tenure as host of "Jeopardy!" probably landed in 2001. By then, the Canadian-born game show personality had been slinging clues and announcing Daily Doubles on the classic program since 1984. But when the show's 18th season went live that year, viewers were stunned to see a distinct change. Gone was Trebek's trademark mustache, a lip-smothering relic of the hairy 1980s that had become as closely associated with the host as Trebek had been to "Jeopardy!" itself.
Finally, peace. After weeks of intercontinental conflict, two leaders have walked back from the brink, declaring a detente that brings to an end what amounted to a very cold war. In the dark days of international diplomacy, as Brexit looms and talks between the United States and North Korea sour, peace lovers and politicians the world over can look to a pair of unlikely new comrades as beacons of hope. On Wednesday, March 6, heads of cities in Saskatchewan, Canada and southern Norway signed a compact that concluded their spirited standoff - over a moose statue.
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's government expelled the German ambassador and detained a U.S. freelance journalist in Caracas for several hours on Wednesday as President Nicolas Maduro sought to maintain control amid a Western-backed opposition campaign to unseat him. The ambassador, Daniel Kriener, had been among a group of U.S., Latin American and European diplomats who greeted opposition leader Juan Guaido at Caracas' airport on Monday as he returned to the country after a 10-day trip abroad, defying warnings that he might be arrested.
WASHINGTON - Michael Cohen has claimed to the House Intelligence Committee that he discussed the subject of a pardon with President Donald Trump's attorney Jay Sekulow, bringing another of Trump's representatives into an ongoing dispute over precisely who opened discussions about the matter.
Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced sweeping changes to Facebook's services on Wednesday, saying in a blog post that he would spend the next several years reorienting the company's apps toward encryption and privacy.
WASHINGTON - House Democrats erupted into a full-scale brawl Wednesday, challenging leaders over indirectly sanctioning freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar for alleged anti-Semitic remarks amid an outcry over party inaction to President Donald Trump's divisive comments on race. In a closed-door session, Democrats protested plans to vote this week on a resolution condemning religious hatred, a measure prompted by Omar's comments last week suggesting supporters of Israel have "allegiance to a foreign country."
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for what is expected to be the last of four interviews with congressional panels seeking answers about hush-money payments, the lies he told to shield Trump's alleged Russia contacts and pardons. Cohen will speak for a second time privately with the House Intelligence Committee, which first met with him last week, following another closed-door session with the Senate Intelligence Committee and a public hearing with the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.