| The prevalence of dangerous strains of the human papillomavirus, a principal cause of cervical cancer, has dropped by half in the last decade, officials say.
| Federal Reserve policy makers, more confident about the economic recovery, on Wednesday maintained their current pace of monetary stimulus.
American officials, worried about a crumbling peace process, moved to try to resolve the Afghan government’s objections to what appeared to be a publicity coup.
| Speaking Wednesday in Berlin, President Obama said that German terrorist threats were among those foiled by American surveillance programs, which the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, seemed to confirm.
The Alawites are caught between support for their own increasingly brutal leaders and a rebellion that may want to wipe them off the map.