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Brazil goes a little less wild for this year's Carnival

When Erika Moura made her debut as Brazil’s Carnival muse in 2015, she wore nothing but strategically placed swirls of glitter paint and matching heels as she sambaed across TV screens to promote the annual celebration for the country’s biggest broadcaster, Globo. This year, the station has done...

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Confronting Islamic State

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  • U.S.-backed Iraqi forces recapture Mosul airport and military base

    U.S.-backed Iraqi forces recapture Mosul airport and military base

    Iraqi troops punched through the defenses of Islamic State extremists to recapture Mosul's airport on Thursday, establishing a foothold near the city’s western bank. Units from the federal police and its special forces branch, the Emergency Response Division, executed a pincer attack and struck...

  • Islamic State fires cluster bombs at Iraqi government forces

    Islamic State fires cluster bombs at Iraqi government forces

    Islamic State extremists fired cluster bombs at Iraqi government forces stationed near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday, killing at least one soldier.  The attack, which came on the third day of a large-scale government offensive to take back west Mosul, marks one of the few instances...

  • U.S. advisors are now fighting alongside Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul

    U.S. advisors are now fighting alongside Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul

    U.S. military advisors are now fighting alongside Iraqi forces near the front lines against Islamic State, a sign of President Trump's willingness to grant more latitude to American commanders than they've had since Iraq’s ground war against the militants was launched more than two years ago. The...

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