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Corrects Headline to Suggest Discussion Was Between 'Defense Ministers' US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Wednesday met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at the Pentagon. A statement issued by Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said the two discussed the importance of developing...

U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria on Tuesday and Wednesday using a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft. Three airstrikes near Kobani destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle, an artillery piece, and a tank. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely. Separately,...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered improvements in the Military Health System. Hagel on Wednesday briefed the press on results of a 90-day review of the US military system. The review, which found it comparable in access, quality and safety to care offered on average in the private sector,...

UNESCO has invited Member States to nominate candidates for next year's UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. In a statement on Wednesday, the UN agency encouraged governments to make the nominations after holding consultations with their National Commissions, as well as from international...

US Navy and Marine Corps forces in the North Arabian Gulf are conducting a search-and-rescue operation for an aircrew member who went missing in the North Arabian Gulf earlier on Wednesday, according to a Pentagon statement. He was one of the two air crewmen who bailed out into the Arabian Gulf after...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday emphasized that human rights should be the center point of the humanitarian assistance being provided globally to millions displaced by conflicts and affected by the spread of epidemics. Ban made the remarks while addressing the UN Refugee...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Blair House to discuss a range of bilateral defense issues they face, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters on Wednesday. Kirby said the meeting between Hagel and Modi on Tuesday was a follow-up...

JuliaPierson-100114.jpg Under pressure due to a recent series of high-profile security lapses, Julia Pierson is stepping down as the Director of the Secret Service.

The United States has expressed its "deep concern" regarding reports that Sudanese security forces have arrested dozens of political activists and civil society leaders in the lead-up to the anniversary of the September 2013 demonstrations. "We echo UN Independent Expert on the situation of human...

The United Nations on Wednesday encouraged Governments and people throughout the world to ensure that older persons are able to fully participate in society and that their rights and dignity are protected. "Older persons are making wide-ranging contributions to economic and social development," UN...

election-US-100114.jpg Democrats have climbed into the lead on a generic ballot, according to the results of a new CNN/ORC International poll, although the results may not be as positive for the party as they first appear.

Jens Stoltenberg took up his post as NATO Secretary General on Wednesday. He also chaired his first North Atlantic Council as NATO chief on Wednesday. "I am really looking forward to start and it's a great honour to be the Secretary General of NATO," Stoltenberg said arriving at NATO headquarters. The...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has authorized the deployment of 700 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division headquarters element to Liberia to help with the Ebola epidemic there. Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters that the soldiers will deploy in late October, and...

ConstructionSpending-100114.jpg With spending on private and public construction both showing notable decreases, the Commerce Department released a report on Wednesday showing an unexpected drop in U.S. construction spending in the month of August.

ISM-Manufacturing-100114.jpg Growth in U.S. manufacturing activity saw a notable slowdown in the month of September, according to a report released by the Institute for Supply Management on Wednesday, with the index of activity in the sector pulling back off a three-year high.