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US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Brussels on December 1 to take part in the December 2 NATO Foreign Ministerial and associated meetings, the State Department said Wednesday. On December 3, Kerry will chair the first ministerial-level meeting of the Counter-ISIL Coalition, bringing together...

Obama2-071610_26Nov14.jpg Half of Americans agree with the changes to immigration policy announced by President Barack Obama last week, according to a CNN/ORC poll, although a majority opposes using executive orders to implement those policies.

It is the international community's duty to draw lessons from the horrific violence and atrocious crimes facing minorities around the world to prevent them from being repeated, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson declared at a forum on minority issues. Speaking to the 7th Session...

From Afghanistan and Angola to Haiti and the former Yugoslavia, sanctions implemented by the United Nations Security Council have had a positive track record, proving their efficacy and economy in supporting Member States overcome instability, according to the top UN political official. "UN sanctions...

US-EPA-112614.jpg Warning about the harmful effects of ground-level ozone, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed strengthening air quality standards on Wednesday. The EPA proposed reducing the limit for ozone pollution from 75 parts per billion to within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion.

Romney-112714.jpg While Mitt Romney has said he has no plans to run for president again, the results of a Quinnipiac University national poll released Wednesday show the former Massachusetts Governor leading a group of potential Republican presidential candidates.

Falih Al Fayyadh, the National Security Adviser of Iraq, visited the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, the western military alliance said in a statement. Fayyadh met with the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, when he visited the...

Chicago-downtown-112614.jpg Chicago-area business activity grew at a notably slower rate in the month of November, according to a report released by MNI Indicators on Wednesday. MNI Indicators said its Chicago business barometer fell to 60.8 in November from a one-year high of 66.2 in October.

NewHomeSales-112614.jpg New home sales in the U.S. saw a modest increase in the month of October, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday. The report said new home sales rose by 0.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 458,000 in October from the revised September rate of 455,000.

CONSUMER-RETAIL_26Nov14.jpg Consumer sentiment in the U.S. improved by less than previously estimated in the month of November, according to a report released by Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan on Wednesday.

A group of United Nations human rights experts have urged US President Barack Obama to support the fullest possible release of the report on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) interrogation practices conducted by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), stressing that "the stakes are very high." In...

PendingHomeSales-112614.jpg Pending home sales in the U.S. unexpectedly decreased in the month of October but remained at a healthy level, the National Association of Realtors said in a report released on Wednesday.

PersonalIncome-112614.jpg Personal income in the U.S. rose by less than expected in the month of October, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday. The increase in personal spending also fell short of economist estimates.

DurableGoodsOrders-112614.jpg After reporting an unexpected drop in new orders for U.S. manufactured durable goods in the previous month, the Commerce Department released a report on Wednesday showing that durable goods orders unexpectedly rebounded in the month of October.

JoblessClaims-112614.jpg First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly increased in the week ended November 22nd, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Wednesday. The report said initial jobless claims rose to 313,000, an increase of 21,000 from the previous week's revised level of 292,000.