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US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tues' that he has asked senior Senator Gary Hart to also play a direct, on-the-ground diplomatic role for the State Department. In a statement, Kerry termed Hart as "one of our country's most respected and accomplished senior statesmen, creative and strategic...

The Kurdish forces are in control of the majority of the Syrian city of Kobani despite efforts by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to take the town, the Pentagon says. Coalition airstrikes in and around the city on Syria's border with Turkey have been augmented by an airdrop of arms to Kurdish...

An American tourist, who was detained in North Korea while on a vacation tour in April, has been released. We can confirm that Jeffrey Fowle has been allowed to depart the DPRK and is on his way home to re-join his family, US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said in a statement Tuesday....

American freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, who was hospitalized in the United States after tested positive for Ebola in Liberia, has been declared free of the virus. He will be allowed to leave a biocontainment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on Wednesday, NBC News quoted the hospital as saying...

Benjamin C. Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal that toppled US President Richard Nixon, died on Tuesday. The Washington Post said Ben Bradlee died at his home in Washington of natural causes at the age of 93. Since 1965, he presided over The Washington Post...

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.