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US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has expressed his gratitude to the Congress for its "swift action" to give the Defense Department the authority to begin training and equipping the moderate Syrian opposition. In a statement late Thursday after the Senate sent the bill to the White House for President...

img2-091914.jpg A trio of Democratic senators has introduced new legislation that would revoke a tax-exemption for the National Football League if it continues to promote the Washington Redskins name.

Obama1-091914.jpg President Barack Obama delivered a statement Thursday evening thanking members of Congress for voting to approve legislation granting the U.S. military the authority to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels fighting against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State.

leadingindex-091914.jpg While the Conference Board released a report on Friday showing a continued increase by its index of leading U.S. economic indicators in the month of August, the pace of growth showed a significant slowdown compared to the previous month.

On Saturday, the EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard will start a series of climate meetings in New York, ahead of the UN Climate Summit hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon next week. At the Climate Summit she will join European Commission President Jose Barroso in calling on global...

US Secretary of State John Kerry will chair a ministerial debate of the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Iraq on Friday at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City. As part of the U.S. Presidency of the Security Council for the month of September, Kerry is convening the Council to...

U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Syria and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct air-strikes on Wednesday and Thursday, U.S. Central Command officials reported. One air-strike near an ISIL training camp southeast of Mosul destroyed an...

China's greatest ever tennis star Li Na on Friday announced her retirement from professional tennis. Injury problems forced her to retire at the age of 32, Li said in a letter posted on Facebook. For nearly fifteen years Li Na represented China on the global stage, playing hundreds of matches...

The coalition to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is growing, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday. Hagel told the House Armed Services Committee that more than 40 nations have said they will participate, with more than 30 nations offering military support. And U.S. leaders...

unsc-091814.jpg The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday declared the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa "a threat to international peace and security." Notably, the declaration was made in the Council's first emergency meeting on a public health issue. The fifteen-member Council also unanimously...

The United Nations educational agency on Thursday released a report highlighting the links between schooling and achieving a new set of sustainable development targets. The agency noted that child mortality would drop by one-sixth, thereby saving almost one million lives, if all women in poor countries...

General Philip Breedlove, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, has thanked Spain for its recent decision to provide Patriot missile batteries and 130 soldiers to augment the western military alliance's defensive deployment in southern Turkey, according to a statement on Thursday. NATO had deployed...

Speaking to a group of government officials and experts on housing, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that strong, well-planned urbanization is vital for sustainable development as more than two-thirds of humanity expected to live in cities by the middle of this century. Ban was addressing...

Addressing a joint session of the United States Congress on Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged the US administration to provide more assistance, including military equipment, to help his government in its fight against Russian-backed separatists, east of the country. Stressing that...

A new United Nations-backed report revealed that 22 million people worldwide were displaced in 2013 by disasters, sparked largely by earthquakes or climate- and weather-related events - almost three times more than by conflict in the same year. The report, titled Global Estimates 2014: people displaced...