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A US court on Monday sentenced a violent sex trafficker who ran international sex slave ring to 27 years in prison. The 37-year-old Damion Baston, who lured young Australian and American girls into prostitution, denied all 21 criminal counts against him. Taking the witness stand in his own defense...

The United States 2016 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2016) will open at noon, EDT, Wednesday, and will close on November 3, the Department of State has announced. Applicants must submit entries electronically during this registration period using the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at dvlottery.state.gov....

On Monday, the United States announced nearly $83 million in additional emergency assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan and South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda. The additional funding was announced by Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard...

Air power has stymied Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, with the Air Force accomplishing 74 percent of the more than 240 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since August 8, according to a senior US Air Force official. Maj. Gen. Jeff Harrigian, the Air Force's assistant deputy chief of staff...

Bosnia and Herzegovina has become the first European partner in the U.S.-led Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) to achieve the significant milestone of Full Training Capability, establishing the country's certified self-sufficiency to train peacekeeping personnel for UN and regional peace operations....

The United Nations on Monday revealed that the world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, with the destruction of the coastal habitats costs billions in economic damages and impacting millions of lives. In a new report launched at the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional...

The US and partner-nation military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria and Iraq using a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft, the Pentagon said in a statement early Monday. US Central Command officials say that US and its allies involved...

US airmen, together with representatives from the US Public Health Service, have delivered a modular medical treatment center as part of the US government effort to support humanitarian relief operations in Ebola-stricken African nations, the Pentagon said in a press release issued Monday. Airmen...

USsoldiers-092914.jpg While most Americans oppose sending ground troops into combat operations against the terrorist group known as ISIS, the results of a CNN/ORC International poll found that an even larger majority think the American military will still end up putting boots on the ground.

Seanhaugh-092914.jpg With incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Republican challenger Thom Tillis running nearly neck-and-neck in the North Carolina Senate race, the results of a new CNN/ORC International survey suggest that the race could be decided by the number of votes for Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh.

The new Afghan Government is expected to sign on Tuesday two security deals with the United States and NATO, which are necessary to allow extended stay of foreign troops in the country after their 2014 deadline. "It is expected that the signing ceremony will take place in Kabul on Tuesday," Ambassador...

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that as "Afghanistan enters this new chapter in its history, the United States looks forward to deepening its enduring partnership with a sovereign, unified and democratic Afghanistan." He congratulated Afghan's new President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Chief...

USPendingHomeSales-092914.jpg Pending home sales in the U.S. pulled back by much more than expected in the month of August, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors on Monday.

PersonalIncome-092914.jpg Personal spending in the U.S. rose by slightly more than expected in the month of August, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Monday. The report said personal spending increased by 0.5 percent in August, while revised data showed that spending was unchanged in July.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday that defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will require a long-term commitment by the United States and its allies on many fronts. He stressed that it will not be achieved by airstrikes alone. "This will not be an easy or brief effort,"...