U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a one-hour phone call on Thursday but seemed to remain far apart on the issue of Ukraine. During the call, Obama reiterated his assertion that Russia's actions are in violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
With imports increasing by slightly more than exports, the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing that the U.S. trade deficit edged wider in the month of January. The report showed that the trade deficit widened to $39.1 billion in January from a revised $39.0 billion in December.
Employment in the U.S. increased by more than anticipated in the month of February, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Friday, although the unemployment rate still unexpectedly ticked higher. The Labor Department said non-farm payroll employment rose by 175,000 jobs in February compared to economist estimates for an increase of about 150,000 jobs.
The L'OREAL-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science - 2014 has been announced. This year's laureates are honored for major scientific advancements that are helping solve some of society's greatest challenges, including cancer, depression and addiction. The awards were announced in the run-up to International Women's Day, observed on March 8. Every year, one outstanding woman scientist each from
The US Department of State has warned its U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Iraq. Travel within Iraq remains dangerous given the security situation, it said in a Travel Warning update on Thursday.
The Travel Warning says the ability of the US Embassy in Baghdad to respond to situations...
Helped by the Arab Spring, terrorist groups in North and West Africa have expanded their operations, increasing threats to the United States and its interests, the commander of U.S. Africa Command told Congress on Thursday.
"These revolutions, coupled with the fragility of neighboring states, continue...
The United States will send this week six additional F-15 fighter jets and one KC-135 military aerial refueling aircraft to augment NATO's air policing mission in the Baltics.
This is apparently in response to the crisis in Ukraine, reports say.
NATO's air policing mission in the Baltics are conducted...
Global food prices in February rose to their highest level since mid-2012 as a result of unfavorable weather and increased demand, the United Nations food agency reported Thursday.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said its most recent Food Price Index, which measures the monthly change...
Encouraging travelers to help in the global fight against trafficking in illicit goods and services, three United Nations agencies have jointly launched a new campaign aimed at raising awareness among travelers and the tourism industry, about making right ethical choices and reducing demand for illegal...
The commander of US Central Command has told the Congress that the Afghan government's long-term viability "is likely to be at high risk" if the American and NATO forces are required to leave Afghanistan at the end of the year in the absence of a security agreement, according to a Pentagon press release.
In the latest move by the Obama administration to delay part of the healthcare reform law, the Health and Human Services Department announced Wednesday that insurers will be able to sell plans that don't meet the law's requirements for another two years.
President Barack Obama has authorized the U.S. to impose travel restrictions and economic sanctions on individuals determined to be involved in Russian military intervention in the Crimea region of Ukraine, the White House announced Thursday. The White House said the move was in response to what it called "Russia's ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity."
New orders for U.S. manufactured goods fell by more than expected in the month of January, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday. The report said factory orders dropped by 0.7 percent in January after tumbling by a revised 2.0 percent in December. Economists had expected orders to decrease by 0.5 percent.
With output rising by much less than previously estimated, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing a notable downward revision to the pace of labor productivity growth in the fourth quarter of 2013.
In an upbeat sign for the labor market ahead of tomorrow's monthly jobs report, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing that first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits fell by more than expected in the week ended March 1st. The report said initial jobless claims dropped to 323,000, a decrease of 26,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 349,000.