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newhomesales-042314.jpg New home sales in the U.S. unexpectedly showed a substantial decrease in the month of March, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday, with sales falling to their lowest level in eight months. The report said new home sales plunged 14.5 percent to an annual rate of 384,000 in March from the revised February rate of 449,000.

FIFA has suspended a 14-month transfer ban it imposed on Spanish champion club FC Barcelona last week. The FIFA Disciplinary Committee sanctioned the Catalan club for breaking rules on signing minor international players. FC Barcelona had lodged an appeal before the FIFA Appeal Committee against...

GrapheneFlagship-042314.jpg Researchers have developed a new process to produce large volumes of high quality graphene, described as a wonder material. The new method was developed by a research team led by Prof Jonathan Coleman of AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland funded materials science center headquartered at Trinity College, Dublin. Graphene is a single-atom thick sheet of carbon. It is extremely light and str

On Tuesday, US President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in the State of Indiana and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm and snowstorm in January. Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments...

The United States will deliver ten Apache helicopters in support of Egypt's counter terrorism operations in the Sinai. US President Barrack Obama's decision in this regard was conveyed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in a call with his Egyptian counterpart Col. General Sedki Sobhy on Tuesday. Hagel...

As the situation along Ukraine's eastern region bordering Russia remains tense, the United States is sending 600 troops to four allied Baltic countries for joint military exercises. A company-sized element of the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team -- about 150 soldiers -- will arrive...

Ambassador W. Stuart Symington has been appointed Special Representative for the Central African Republic (CAR). As Special Representative, Ambassador Symington will play a leading role in shaping and coordinating U.S. strategy toward the CAR to end the violence, address humanitarian needs, and establish...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will embark on a three-day trip to Mexico and Guatemala on Wednesday to meet with allies and partners in the Western Hemisphere and affirm America's commitment to the region, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. Because an important part...

Overfishing, habitat destruction and pollution are atop the agenda of a United Nations-backed summit on the role of oceans in global food security, livelihoods and economic which opened Tuesday in The Hague, the Netherlands. "Urgent coordinated action is needed to restore the health of the world's...

Supreme-Court_22Apr14.jpg In a blow to supporters of affirmative action, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a voter-approved ban on using race as a factor in college admissions at Michigan's state-run universities. The court ruled 6 to 2 that the state law banning the use of racial preferences does not violate the U.S. Constitution, although the court was splintered on the reasoning for the decision.

Measures to battle the "insidious" crime of sexual assault must start at the top, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a visit to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network to meet with the staff and receive a briefing on the Safe Helpline set up three years ago for sexual assault victims in...

JohnBoozman-042214.jpg Arkansas Senator John Boozman, R-Ark., is reportedly recovering after undergoing emergency heart surgery on Tuesday. A statement from Boozman's office said the Senator was undergoing surgery and receiving excellent care but did not specify the type of surgery. Media reports later indicated that Boozman underwent heart surgery after experiencing an aortic aneurysm.

joebiden-042214.jpg Meeting with Ukrainian officials on Tuesday, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden expressed support for the interim government while also criticizing Russia for its efforts to destabilize the country. Biden told a meeting with Ukrainian legislators that the country has a second opportunity to make good on the original promise made by the Orange Revolution.

On International Mother Earth Day, the United Nations has called for greater efforts to promote sustainable development and use of renewable energy sources, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing for worldwide changes in attitude and practice to curb the negative impact of human activity on the...

whitehouse_22Apr14.jpg President Barack Obama announced Monday that Washington lawyer W. Neil Eggleston has been selected to succeed Kathryn Ruemmler as White House counsel. Eggleston, who is currently a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, previously served as an associate counsel to President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1994.