The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says the amount of opium produced in Afghanistan has dropped by almost half compared to last year.
President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that he will slow the planned withdrawal of United States forces from Afghanistan.
Conflict in the Middle East continues to grow as violence spreads from various flashpoints.
In Yemen, the human rights group Amnesty International has investigated a series of airstrikes against Houthi rebels last summer.
Almost half of jobs in the United States are likely to be automated within the next 20 years.
International investigators say Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down last year by a Russian-made missile.
Scientists in England are using two self-directed water vehicles to explore the animal and plant life of theCeltic Sea.
Taiko drummers beat their drums.
Africa has about 5 percent of global air traffic but 20 percent of accidents and deaths in 2014.
Groups of surfers and their dogs took to the waves in the seventh “Surf City Surf Dog” competition.