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Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza Strip that will start Saturday morning, reports said. Efforts to negotiate a seven-day ceasefire are still ongoing. As per an Israeli spokesperson, troops would keep searching for tunnels used by militants during the brief truce,...

An Israeli cabinet panel rejected US Secretary of State John Kerry's proposal for a temporary cease-fire in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, media reports citing government sources said Friday. Some media reports suggest the proposal was rejected as...

Expert teams on board US ship MV Cape Ray are continuing to neutralize materials from Syria's declared chemical stockpile, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said Friday. Warren told reporters the teams had used the installed field deployable hydrolysis system to destroy 411 tons of chemicals...

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday hailed the efforts made by the Italian government to convince the Sudanese government to allow a woman sentenced to death for 'apostasy' and adultery to leave the African nation with her family. Kerry's remarks came a day after Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag...

An American reporter and his wife have been detained in the Iranian capital city of Tehran, a local official confirmed Friday. The detainees were identified as Jason Rezaian, a 38-year-old dual Iran-US citizen, and his Iranian wife Yeganeh Salehi. Media reports indicate the couple were detained...

The United States has voiced concerns over the deadly attack on a school run by the United Nations as well as the rising civilian death toll in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. "We convey our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and injured in...

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to New Delhi for the fifth US-India Strategic Dialogue that he will co-chair with the Indian minister of external affairs on July 31, according to US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf. According to Harf, Kerry will be accompanied by US Secretary...

Obama2-072514.jpg President Barack Obama is meeting with presidents from Central American nations on Friday as the U.S. struggles to deal with a surge of unaccompanied children across the southern border.

Obama-072514.jpg Despite calls from some leading conservatives, the results of a new CNN/ORC International poll released Friday showed that a vast majority of Americans do not believe that President Barack Obama should be impeached and removed from office.

The UN Special Rapporteur on human trafficking has called on States, non-State actors and all individuals of the human family to stand up against what is now a multi-million dollar global business. Marking the first-ever World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on Friday, Joy Ezeilo urged States to...

Russia's decision to fire artillery from within Russia onto Ukrainian military positions transforms the security environment throughout Eastern Europe, according to the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. "You've got a Russian government that has made the conscious decision to use its military...

DurableGoodsOrders-072514.jpg After reporting an unexpected drop in new orders for U.S. manufactured durable goods in the previous month, the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing that durable goods orders rebounded by more than expected in the month of June.

The International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Annual Report for 2013 has been released. It highlights the Agency's wide range of technical and scientific activities being carried out in continued support of the needs of its Member States, and a review of developments related to nuclear issues. The...

A new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, finds that more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western United...

The United States has called on Iraq's leaders to take the next step in their democratic process by choosing a prime minister and forming a government. The call was made by US State Department's Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf in a statement congratulating the Iraqi people on the election of their...