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US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Canadian Defense Minister Rob Nicholson, ahead of Thursday's North American Defense Ministerial conference in Mexico, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. The two leaders discussed a range of issues of mutual concern, including...

markudall-042414.jpg In a potentially pivotal Senate race, the results of a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday showed incumbent Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, D-Col., running neck-and-neck against Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Col. The poll found that 45 percent of Colorado voters would choose Udall if the election were being held today, while 44 percent said they would vote for Gardner.

putin-obama-042414.jpg While U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have called for a diplomatic solution to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the two leaders both made comments Thursday with the potential to inflame rather than tamp down the situation.

The United States has urged the UN Security Council to take action against those who continue to undermine peace efforts in South Sudan, and to swiftly create a sanctions regime targeting spoilers of the peace process and those responsible for atrocities targeting civilians. The call was made by Samantha...

DurableGoods-042414.jpg After reporting a bigger than expected increase in new orders for U.S. manufactured durable goods in the previous month, the Commerce Department released a report on Thursday that once again showed stronger than expected durable goods orders growth in the month of March. The report said durable goods orders surged up by 2.6 percent in March after jumping by a revised 2.1 percent in February.

JoblessClaims-042414.jpg First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits rose by more than expected in the week ended April 19th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday, with initial jobless claims climbing further off their recent lows. The report said initial jobless claims rose to 329,000, an increase of 24,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 305,000.

Three American medical staff have been killed in an insider attack in a hospital in Afghan capital. Some reports say all of the victims were doctors, including two woman. U.S. Embassy Kabul said on twitter "With great sadness we confirm that three Americans were killed in the attack on CURE Hospital....

Australia has agreed to purchase 58 F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft from the United States, the Pentagon has announced. "Our partners in Australia announced that they decided to buy 58 F-35 aircraft," American Forces Press Service quoted the Defense Department spokesman Col. Steven...

Nearly two dozen Asia-Pacific nations agreed to sea guidelines adopted by naval leaders at the Western Pacific Naval Symposium in China. "The Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea -- we call them CUES -- offers guidelines for maritime encounters at sea. It offers safety procedures, basic [communications]...

Countries need to shift to more sustainable food systems to adapt to the effects of climate change, the Director-General of the United Nations Food and Drug Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva told a conference in Morocco on Wednesday, warning that the phenomenon has the potential to reshape the...

Mobile technology can advance literacy and learning in under-served communities around the world, according to a new report published today by the United Nations education agency on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day. The report, titled 'Reading in the Mobile Era,' highlights that hundreds...

Discussions are continuing within the Obama administration on how many US troops could remain as residual force in Afghanistan next year after the current US-led NATO mission ends, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. In a briefing for reporters late Tuesday, Kirby was...

Hickenlooper-042314.jpg Strong support among women and an edge among independents put Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper ahead of all four of his potential Republican challengers, according to the results of a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.

rickperry-042314.jpg Texas Gov. Rick Perry has admitted to not being the smoothest debater, but that didn't stop him from challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a showdown on economic policy. Perry issued the debate invitation in an interview on Albany's Talk 1300 news radio on Tuesday, suggesting that a public conversation between the two governors would be constructive to watch.

Randpaul-042314.jpg While a majority of Kentucky voters approve of the way Rand Paul is handling his job as Senator, the results of New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation poll showed that voters from the Bluegrass State have a more mixed view on Paul's potential run for president in 2016.