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HousingStarts-041614.jpg Housing starts in the U.S. showed a notable increase in the month of March, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday, although starts still came in well below economist estimates. The report showed that housing starts climbed 2.8 percent to an annual rate of 946,000 in March from the revised February estimate of 920,000.

The United States and the United Nations have condemned the recent terrorists attacks in Nigeria in which dozens were killed and scores of others injured. Nigerian government has blamed Boko Haram, an armed radical Islamist militant group, for the attacks. "We condemn today's attack on Nyanya Motor...

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the Ukraine crisis has amplified the need to strengthen cooperation between the western military alliance, the European Union and with close partners, according to a statement issued Tuesday. "We need to train and exercise more together, for instance...

AlexSink-041514.jpg Despite pressure from national Democrats, Alex Sink revealed Tuesday that she won't attempt a rematch against Congressman David Jolly, R-Fla., in November. Sink, who narrowly lost to Jolly in a special election to replace the late Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., last month, was seen by many as Democrats' best chance to pick up the seat.

VladimirPutin-051012_15Apr14.jpg Amid escalating tensions in eastern Ukraine, the results of a new McClatchy-Marist Poll found that most American voters think Russia won't stop at its recent annexation of the Crimea region. The poll found that 67 percent of voters think Russian President Vladimir Putin will send troops into Ukraine, while just 25 percent think Russia will stop at Crimea.

ObamaPutin-041514.jpg U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin spoke regarding the ongoing crisis in Ukraine for the first time in over two weeks on Monday, although the two leaders remain far apart on the cause of escalating tensions.

NAHBindex-041514.jpg Homebuilder confidence in the U.S. has seen a modest improvement in the month of April, according to a report released by the National Association of Home Builders on Tuesday. The report showed that the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index edged up to 47 in April from a downwardly revised 46 in March.

EmpireStateSurvey-041514.jpg Business activity for New York manufacturers was roughly flat in the month of April, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said in a report on Tuesday, with the index of regional manufacturing activity showing an unexpected decrease. The New York Fed said its general business conditions index dropped to 1.3 in April from 5.6 in March, although a positive reading indicates growth.

CPIChart-041514.jpg Consumer prices in the U.S. rose by slightly more than expected in the month of March, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Tuesday, with the growth largely reflecting higher prices for food and shelter. The Labor Department said its consumer price index rose by 0.2 percent in March after inching up by 0.1 percent in each of the two previous months.

obama1-040414.jpg President Barack Obama addressed the shootings at a Jewish community center and retirement complex in a suburb of Kansas City in remarks on Monday, declaring that religious-based violence has no place in society. Speaking at an Easter prayer breakfast at the White House, Obama offered prayers for the people of Overland Park, where three people were killed in the attacks on Sunday.

BusinessInventories-040414.jpg Business inventories in the U.S. rose by less than expected in the month of February, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Monday, although the report also showed a notable rebound in business sales during the month. The report showed that business inventories rose by 0.4 percent in February, matching the increase seen in January.

USecomonicdata-052912_14Apr14.jpg A day before the April 15th deadline for Americans to file their taxes, Gallup released the results of a poll on Monday showing that more than half of Americans think the amount they have to pay in federal income tax is too high. The poll found that 52 percent of Americans think the amount they pay in federal taxes is "too high," while 42 percent said the amount they pay is "about right."

RetailSales-041414.jpg With Americans heading back to the stores after the unusually rough winter, the Commerce Department released a report on Monday showing that U.S. retail sales rose by more than expected in the month of March. The report showed that retail sales jumped by 1.1 percent in March after climbing by an upwardly revised 0.7 percent in February.

Iranian mission to the UN described as 'unwise' the US refusal to issue visa for the newly-proposed Iranian envoy to the UN Hamid Aboutalebi, ISNA news agency reported. "This US decision is unwise and apparent violation of the international law. It runs counter to commitment of the country hosting...

The US 7th Fleet supply ship USNS Cesar Chavez has joined an international task force led by the Australian Defense Force searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 off the Western Coast of Australia, the Pentagon announced Friday. The US 7th Fleet deployed Chavez in response to a formal...