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The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday elected 15 countries to serve on the world body's Human Rights Council for a period of three years beginning on January 1, 2015. In one round of secret balloting at UN Headquarters in New York, the Assembly elected Albania, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana,...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has held talks at the Pentagon with People's Republic of China State Councilor Yang Jiechi, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. In a statement on the meeting, Kirby said the two leaders discussed the importance of maintaining the positive...

Fifteen young Afghan diplomats are currently in the United States to take part in a joint US-China training program. Incidentally, this is the third year the United States and China have partnered to train the Afghan diplomatic corps on diplomatic, communications, and management skills. The young...

Ebolaoutbreak-102114.jpg Despite indications that the spread of Ebola inside the U.S. has been contained, the results of a new Gallup poll show the deadly disease had made its debut on a list of the top 10 most important problems facing the country.

img1-102114.jpg In another hotly contested Senate race, the results of a new Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll show incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., clinging to a narrow lead over Republican challenger Scott Brown.

The European Commission has found that four international banks, RBS, UBS, JP Morgan and Crédit Suisse, operated a cartel on bid-ask spreads of Swiss franc interest rate derivatives in the European Economic Area (EEA). The Commission imposed fines worth a total of EUR32,355,000 on these banks. RBS...

The US Department of State has designated Khan Said, the leader of a splinter group of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and Al Qaeda's Ramzi Mawafi as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. U.S. persons are prohibited...

Greg-Roberts-102114.jpg With just two weeks left before Election Day, the Kansas Senate race between Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and independent candidate Greg Orman seems likely to come down to the wire. The results of a new Monmouth University Poll showed that the race between Roberts and Orman is tied among likely Kansas voters.

ExistingHomeSales-102114.jpg Existing home sales in the U.S. increased by more than anticipated in the month of September, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors on Tuesday, with sales bouncing back to their highest level in a year.

OscarPistorius-102114.jpg South African "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison over the killing of his girlfriend and model Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa, who found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide last month, delivered the verdict at the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to suspend all bilateral series against the West Indies following the latter's withdrawal from a cricket tour of India at half-way last week. BCCI said it will initiate legal proceedings against West Indies Cricket Board due to the abrupt cancellation...

The United States has strongly urged the DR Congo Government to reverse its decision to expel the top UN human rights official in the country The Director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the DR Congo was asked to leave the country because of a report the UNJHRO released...

The implementation of higher taxes on tobacco products and greater regulation for electronic cigarettes are among the decisions passed by a United Nations-backed conference amid comprehensive efforts to clamp down on the tobacco "epidemic" and save millions of lives, the World Health Organization (WHO)...

A US commander and more than 30 of his troops have departed Senegal to Liberia for joining hundreds of US service members already engaged in the fight against Ebola in West Africa, according to a Pentagon press release issued Monday. The group of 30 US military personnel, including Marines, airmen,...

The European Union on Monday welcomed the recent release of some 80 prisoners, including four pro-democracy activists, by the government of Azerbaijan under an amnesty granted by President Ilham Aliyev. Media reports indicated earlier that eighty-four prisoners have been released under the amnesty...