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Jennie Finch and the U.S. softball team have beaten opponents by a combined score of 53-1 during these Olympics. (Getty Images)

Olympics considering returning softball in 2020

After 12 years on the bench, softball is eyeing its second at-bat on the Olympic stage — a prospect that reignites the dreams of female players worldwide to bring home the gold. Published August 2, 2016

The Crystal Serenity will carry 1,070 passengers and 655 crew members through the Northwest Passage, a voyage made possible by the loss of Arctic ice cover. It has taken years for planners to work out the logistics for the 32-day expedition from Seward, Alaska, to New York City. (Crystal Cruises)

Northwest Passage luxury cruise promises adventure, risk

Crystal Cruises can't promise its passengers that they will see a polar bear -- but in addition to the standard shuffleboard, open buffets and Zumba classes, the company does promise its passengers an opportunity to venture where no luxury cruise liner has gone before. Published July 24, 2016

The Canadian Coast Guard's Amundsen sails in the Northwest Territories. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced the country will now require all vessels using the Northwest Passage to report their journeys for tracking.  (Associated Press)

Traversing Northwest Passage controversial despite warming

Over hundreds of years, the notorious Northwest Passage has evolved from an intrepid English explorer's dream to a feasible route for both shipping and commercial traffic. But as Arctic waters have warmed, controversies have stirred regarding whether these waters are actually safe for increased transit. Published July 24, 2016

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, right, stands with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari at the Prime Minister's Office in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Al-Abadi called on the international community to do more to help his country win the war against the Islamic State group, saying that the help pledged by a dozen countries has thus far fallen short. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraqi official seeks more aid ahead of Mosul offensive

Though there is still no date for the long-awaited government offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq's foreign Minister said Tuesday that a third round of international assistance is urgently needed to help Iraq liberate its people from the Islamic State's grip. Published July 19, 2016

Fireworks explode behind the Olympic rings during their inauguration ceremony on May 20, 2015, at Madureira Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Associated Press)

Rio Olympics continuing trend of host-country human rights abuses

Major sporting events like the Olympics often lead to major human rights violations, and the situation unfolding ahead of the Summer Games next month in Rio de Janeiro is shaping up as a depressing replay, human rights activists warn. Published July 18, 2016

This Nov. 4, 2011, photo released by Moscow's Institute for Medical and Biological Problems Russia, shows researcher Sukhrob Kamolov leaving a set of windowless modules after a grueling 520-day simulation of a flight to Mars. (Associated Press/IMBP, Oleg Voloshin) **FILE**

Russia, China move closer to joint moon, Mars missions

The U.S. might soon see two of its Cold War adversaries move closer to an agreement on joint missions to colonize Mars and the moon. Russia and China discussed expanding their cooperation to explore outer space, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told reporters Wednesday. Published July 14, 2016

FILE - In this Tuesday May 3, 2016 file photo, shows Evans Mawarire, a young pastor, posing with a Zimbabwean flag in Harare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe police have charged Mawarire on Tuesday July 12, 2016, with inciting violence and disturbing the peace. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

Harsh crackdown seen fueling protests against Mugabe

Despite a crackdown by the government of 92-year-old autocrat Robert Mugabe, restive Zimbabweans are showing new signs of shutting down what has become the biggest popular protest in years to Mr. Mugabe's rule. Published July 12, 2016

Britain Prime Minister David Cameron makes an announcement July 11, 2016, outside No.10 Downing Street, London, after Theresa May secured her place as the United Kingdom's second female prime minister through the surprise withdrawal of her only rival in the battle to succeed him. Cameron says he will step down on Wednesday, making way for Theresa May to succeed him as British leader. Cameron says it's clear May has "the overwhelming support" of Conservative lawmakers. He says May's rival Andrea Leadsom made the right decision to withdraw from the race, ending the party leadership race. (Philip Toscano/PA via AP)

David Cameron out by Wednesday; May wins U.K. battle to be next prime minster

Stunned by his loss in the referendum that will take Britain out of the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Monday he will step down right after Wednesday's question period in Parliament, clearing the way for Home Secretary Theresa May to take over as only the country's second female prime minister. Published July 11, 2016

Britain's Home Secretary, Theresa May, makes a statement outside the Palace of Westminster, in London, after she won 199 votes for the Conservative leadership, Thursday July 7, 2016. Andrea Leadsom took 84 votes and Michael Gove took 46, meaning the U.K.'s next prime minister will be a woman. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)

British Conservatives to choose between 2 women for next prime minister

A quarter-century after the toppling of Margaret Thatcher, Britain is about to get its second female prime minister. Conservative Party voters will choose between Home Minister Theresa May and Energy Secretary Andrea Leadsom -- and the last woman standing will replace departing Prime Minister David Cameron at No. 10 Downing St. later this year. Published July 7, 2016

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Ambassador takes veiled shot at Donald Trump over refugees

Without mentioning him by name, the top U.S. diplomat at the United Nations criticized presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's call to halt the flow of refugees from Muslim countries, saying this sort of policy "personally offends" her. Published June 29, 2016