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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have expressed condolences to the families of the victims of Wednesday's ferry sinking off the coast of South Korea. In a White House statement, the president also said he's directed the U.S. military "to provide any and all assistance requested...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has discussed regional and defense cooperation issues in a phone call with United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement. In a statement summarizing the call, Kirby said late Wednesday...

The United States and South Korea have agreed to bolster efforts to deter North Korean provocations that undermine regional stability, according to a statement released after two days of talks between US and South Korean defense officials in Washington. "The two sides reaffirmed the shared view that...

JohnKerry-Ukraine-041814.jpg U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry said Thursday that he and his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have reached an agreement on a preliminary plan for ending the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Kerry was speaking at the end of the Ukraine contact group's first meeting, comprising the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, the EU and the U.S., in the Swiss city of Geneva.

delaware-041714.jpg While Vice President Joe Biden has purportedly not decided whether he will run for president, his son Beau unveiled his plans for 2016 on Thursday. Beau Biden, who currently serves as Attorney General of Delaware, announced that he will not run for re-election this year and will instead run for Governor of Delaware in 2016.

EricCantor-041714.jpg After speaking with President Barack Obama by phone about stalled immigration reform legislation on Wednesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virg., claimed the president still does not understand how to work with the Republican-controlled House.

philadelphiaFed-041714.jpg Growth in Philadelphia-area manufacturing activity has accelerated by much more than anticipated in the month of April, according to the results of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's Business Outlook Survey released on Thursday. The Philly Fed said its diffusion index of current activity climbed to 16.6 in April from 9.0 in March, with a positive reading indicating growth.

Jobless-Claims-041714.jpg After reporting initial jobless claims at their lowest level in almost seven years in the previous week, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing that claims rebounded slightly in the week ended April 12th. The Labor Department said initial jobless claims inched up to 304,000, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level of 302,000.

The United States has warned its citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine, especially the Crimean Peninsula and eastern regions of Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Lugansk due to the presence of Russian military forces in the Crimean Peninsula and on the eastern border of Ukraine. In a Travel Warning...

The US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard is responding to the scene after the passenger ship Sewol sank near the island of Jeju off South Korea's southwestern coast earlier on Wednesday, according to a Pentagon press release. The ill-fated ferry had more than 450 people aboard and...

The United States is concerned about reports of increased violence in Ukraine, and continues to call on Russia to deescalate the situation, a Pentagon statement citing senior defense officials said. Incidentally, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen had echoed the US concern during a media...

Democratic-041614.jpg While Republicans will try to use the troubled rollout of Obamacare to their advantage in the upcoming midterm elections, the results of a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare.

MichaelBloomberg-041614.jpg Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg insisted Wednesday that he has no plans to run for president and suggested that he will instead focus on efforts to prevent gun violence. Appearing on NBC's Today show, Bloomberg was asked if he intended to run for president and said, "No is the answer. Plain and simple."

Obama-Biden-041614.jpg President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are traveling to a community college in Pennsylvania on Wednesday to announce the investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in new job training programs.

indusproduction-041614.jpg Industrial production in the U.S. rose by more than expected in the month of March, the Federal Reserve revealed in a report on Wednesday, with the report also showing a notable upward revision to the pace of production growth in the previous month. The report said industrial production increased by 0.7 percent in March after surging up by an upwardly revised 1.2 percent in February.