In less than 24 hours, a tsunami crashed into a remote island chain and a volcano erupted in Indonesia, killing a combined total of more than 400 people and forcing hundreds more to seek temporary refuge in emergency shelters.

In an effort to rid the country of unsafe, illegal and aging structures, the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development plans to demolish more than half of the country’s residential buildings in the next 20 years. Illegal structures…

Jul 16

With the number of detainees at the U.S. naval station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, steadily shrinking, military personnel there say the release of the prisoners is having a positive impact on those who remain.

May 26

Photos: Wildlife Suffer as Oil Spreads

For AP photographer Gerald Herbert, the story of the oil spill in the Gulf is personal. A New Orleans native, he worked for years out of Washington, D.C., covering Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. But just after he…