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US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that US air strikes and military assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish security forces have stalled the advance of the Islamic State, a Sunni extremist group previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), around Irbil, Iraq. This assistance...

The European Union on Thursday strongly condemned the execution-style killing of American freelance reporter James Foley by an Islamic militant belonging to the Islamic State (IS), a Sunni jihaddist group engaged in the ongoing conflict in Iraq as well the Syrian civil war. "We strongly condemn...

Two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa have been discharged from hospital after being cured, media reports citing local officials said Thursday. According to the American media, Dr. Kent Brantly, a 33-year-old doctor who contracted the Ebola...

Obama1-082114.jpg Republicans have not found much to like about President Barack Obama's nearly six years in office, but the results of a new Washington Post-ABC News poll show that a vast majority support the president's decision to launch airstrikes in Iraq.

LeadingIndicatorIndex-082114.jpg Suggesting that the economy is gaining traction, the Conference Board released a report on Thursday showing a bigger than expected increase by its index of leading U.S. economic indicators in July.

PhiladelphiaFed-082114.jpg Results of a survey released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Thursday showed that regional manufacturing activity unexpectedly grew at an accelerated rate in the month of August, with the index of activity in the sector reaching a three-year high.

ExistingHomeSales-082114.jpg Existing home sales in U.S. unexpectedly rose to a ten-month high in the month of July, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors on Thursday. NAR said existing home sales climbed to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.15 million in July from a downwardly revised 5.03 million in June.

joblessclaims-082114.jpg Initial jobless claims in the U.S. fell by slightly more than expected in the week ended August 16th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. The Labor Department said jobless claims dropped to 298,000, a decrease of 14,000 from the previous week's revised level of 312,000.

NATO's summit meeting in Wales will principally focus on five themes, the alliance said on Thursday. NATO readiness to reinforce collective defence, and investing in capabilities to ensure the Alliance remains ready to face any challenge will be a subject of discussion. The two-day summit will...

The United States has vowed that it will hold those responsible for the killing of freelance US reporter James Foley accountable. "Make no mistake: we will continue to confront ISIL wherever it tries to spread its despicable hatred. The world must know that the United States of America will never...

NASA research shows Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide. Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), which was once used in applications such as dry cleaning and as a fire-extinguishing agent,...

The United States has offered new rewards for information on four key leaders of the Haqqani Network (HQN), and is increasing a previously announced reward offer for information on another leader of the terrorist organization. The U.S. Department of State said it has authorized rewards of up to $5 million...

The United States attempted a rescue operation recently to free a number of American hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, including murdered reporter James Foley, the Pentagon revealed on Wednesday after the militants published video of execution-style killing of the US...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday spoke via telephone with his Ukrainian counterpart Valeriy Heletey and discussed Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu's recent remarks noting that the Russian aid convoy to Ukraine was not a military intervention. "Secretary Hagel conveyed that he told...

Afghanistan's Attorney General's Office Wednesday announced it has ordered New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg to leave the country within 24 hours for allegedly refusing to cooperate with an investigation into a story he wrote earlier this week. The development came a day after Rosenberg was...