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joblessclaims-102314.jpg After reporting first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits at a fourteen-year low in the previous week, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing that initial jobless claims rebounded in the week ended October 18th.

The month-old US-led coalition air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in Syria have killed 553 people, including 32 civilians, according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The UK-based activists released the figures on Thursday, which marks a month since U.S...

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has granted provisional recognition to the Kosovo Olympic Committee and proposed that it be granted full recognition at the next IOC Session to be held in December in Monaco. The decision was taken on Wednesday by the Executive Board "in the interests of the...

A Palestinian driver, who killed a three-month-old girl by ramming his car into a busy tram stop in Jerusalem Wednesday, died of his injuries in hospital. The attacker, identified by Israeli media as 21 year-old Abd al-Rahman Shaloudi from East Jerusalem, was shot by officers as he tried to run away...

The Pentagon has said some of the weapons that was supposed to be supplied to Kurdish fighters in Syria are in possession of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists. One bundle of weapons and medical supplies airdropped by U.S. forces to Kurdish fighters in Syria most likely fell into enemy...

The growing menace of desertification poses a distinct threat to the world's agriculture and eco-systems, the United Nations agriculture agency warned Wednesday, as it announced a new initiative aimed at curbing the spread of land degradation and building resilience to climate change. The program,...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon at the Pentagon and discussed several regional issues, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement issued Wednesday. Kirby said Hagel used the meeting, held at the Pentagon on Tuesday, to...

NATO's top military body has visited the western military alliance's Communications and Information Agency facilities in The Hague, Netherlands for updates on missile defense, advanced NATO software, and the command and control aspects of the decisions made at the recent Wales Summit, according to a...

Todd C. Chapman, Principal Deputy Assistant US Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, has met with senior Australian civilian and military officials for the US-Australia Political-Military Talks, according to the US State Department. Chapman's meeting with senior Australian officials took...

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has described the fight against Ebola in West Africa a US national security priority, the Pentagon said in a statement on Wednesday. Dempsey, who made the remarks in a video message to the force, also stressed that the health and safety...

A United Nations human rights expert stressed the need for effective prevention of torture and ill-treatment around the world is "as great as it ever has been," while urging Member States to do more to tackle domestic corruption in order to prevent such episodes of abuses. "There is a clear connection...

Obama1-102214.jpg Ebola "czar" Ron Kain is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama on Wednesday as he begins his efforts to coordinate the government's response to the deadly disease. Klain, who previously served as chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and then-Vice President Al Gore, was named as Ebola Response Coordinator last Friday.

michelle-david-102214.jpg Potentially complicating the outlook for control of the Senate, the results of a SurveyUSA poll conducted for WXIA-TV in Atlanta suggest that the Georgia Senate race between Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn could be headed for a runoff.

OSCE parliamentarians will conduct a limited election observation mission to the United States of America for the country's mid-term Congressional elections on 4 November. Isabel Santos, Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, will...

CPI-102214.jpg Consumer prices in the U.S. unexpectedly showed a modest increase in the month of September, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Wednesday, with higher prices for food and shelter offsetting a continued decline in energy prices.