The Brief

Nachtwey Hong Kong Protests

Hong Kong's Political Generation

Protesters have found their political power, but Occupy Central is only the opening salvo in a struggle that may have reverberations for China's future

Eli Thomas Waller

Official: Enterovirus Killed Boy

The illness that has sickened more than 500 people across the U.S. is responsible for the death of a 4-year-old boy, a state medical examiner determined

Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

Chinese Company Buying Waldorf Astoria New York

Hilton Worldwide is selling the famed Waldorf Astoria New York to Chinese insurance company Anbang Insurance Group Co. for $1.95 billion. Hilton will continue to manage the storied hotel for the next 100 years as part of an agreement with Anbang

Relatives of Rajesh Kumar, who was killed in mortar shell firing allegedly from the Pakistan's side, weep inside their residential house at Masha da kothe village, in Arnia Sector near the India-Pakistan international border, about 30 miles)from Jammu, India, on Monday.

India and Pakistan Clash Over Kashmir

Tens of thousands of villagers have fled their homes in Kashmir amid some of the worst violence between India and Pakistan since a 2003 cease-fire agreement. Shelling from both sides that began on Friday has killed at least nine civilians

Reindeer Caravan in Tromso, Norway

Reindeer Radiation Levels Unusually High This Year

A Norwegian environmental report revealed a noticeable jump in radioactivity in reindeer over the last year, a surge that can be explained by the animals' diet: absorbent mushrooms in the area picking up radiation left from the Chernobyl disaster

Michael Bloomberg Decorated In  Paris

Michael Bloomberg Named 'Honorary' Knight by Queen

Queen Elizabeth II has made former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg an "honorary" knight of the British realm, in recognition of his "key role in forging transatlantic diplomatic, economic, and cultural ties" between the U.S. and the U.K.

Christopher Columbus

Seattle Changes Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The Seattle City Council followed in Minneapolis' footsteps on Monday and unanimously approved the redesignation, which acknowledges that Native Americans were living in North America well before Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Syria waves an ISIS flag in Raqqa, Syria on June 29, 2014.

Chicago Teen Arrested for Trying to Join ISIS

Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19, was arrested by the FBI before he boarded a flight to Vienna on his way to Istanbul, and has been charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization

Hasler and Tittjung embrace after receiving their marriage license at the Oklahoma County courthouse in Oklahoma City

Court Denies States' Appeals, Expands Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court denied appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin that sought to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of the unions but stopping short of resolving the legality of same-sex marriage nationwide

Team USA Pan Pacs Squad Training Session

USA Swimming Suspends Phelps

Michael Phelps is barred from USA Swimming–sanctioned events for six months, will withdraw from next year's FINA World Championships and forfeit funding for six months, after his Sept. 30 arrest in Maryland for driving under the influence