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Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has described the fight against Ebola in West Africa a US national security priority, the Pentagon said in a statement on Wednesday. Dempsey, who made the remarks in a video message to the force, also stressed that the health and safety...

A United Nations human rights expert stressed the need for effective prevention of torture and ill-treatment around the world is "as great as it ever has been," while urging Member States to do more to tackle domestic corruption in order to prevent such episodes of abuses. "There is a clear connection...

Obama1-102214.jpg Ebola "czar" Ron Kain is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama on Wednesday as he begins his efforts to coordinate the government's response to the deadly disease. Klain, who previously served as chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and then-Vice President Al Gore, was named as Ebola Response Coordinator last Friday.

michelle-david-102214.jpg Potentially complicating the outlook for control of the Senate, the results of a SurveyUSA poll conducted for WXIA-TV in Atlanta suggest that the Georgia Senate race between Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn could be headed for a runoff.

OSCE parliamentarians will conduct a limited election observation mission to the United States of America for the country's mid-term Congressional elections on 4 November. Isabel Santos, Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, will...

CPI-102214.jpg Consumer prices in the U.S. unexpectedly showed a modest increase in the month of September, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Wednesday, with higher prices for food and shelter offsetting a continued decline in energy prices.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tues' that he has asked senior Senator Gary Hart to also play a direct, on-the-ground diplomatic role for the State Department. In a statement, Kerry termed Hart as "one of our country's most respected and accomplished senior statesmen, creative and strategic...

The Kurdish forces are in control of the majority of the Syrian city of Kobani despite efforts by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to take the town, the Pentagon says. Coalition airstrikes in and around the city on Syria's border with Turkey have been augmented by an airdrop of arms to Kurdish...

An American tourist, who was detained in North Korea while on a vacation tour in April, has been released. We can confirm that Jeffrey Fowle has been allowed to depart the DPRK and is on his way home to re-join his family, US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said in a statement Tuesday....

American freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, who was hospitalized in the United States after tested positive for Ebola in Liberia, has been declared free of the virus. He will be allowed to leave a biocontainment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on Wednesday, NBC News quoted the hospital as saying...

Benjamin C. Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal that toppled US President Richard Nixon, died on Tuesday. The Washington Post said Ben Bradlee died at his home in Washington of natural causes at the age of 93. Since 1965, he presided over The Washington Post...

The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday elected 15 countries to serve on the world body's Human Rights Council for a period of three years beginning on January 1, 2015. In one round of secret balloting at UN Headquarters in New York, the Assembly elected Albania, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana,...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has held talks at the Pentagon with People's Republic of China State Councilor Yang Jiechi, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. In a statement on the meeting, Kirby said the two leaders discussed the importance of maintaining the positive...

Fifteen young Afghan diplomats are currently in the United States to take part in a joint US-China training program. Incidentally, this is the third year the United States and China have partnered to train the Afghan diplomatic corps on diplomatic, communications, and management skills. The young...

Ebolaoutbreak-102114.jpg Despite indications that the spread of Ebola inside the U.S. has been contained, the results of a new Gallup poll show the deadly disease had made its debut on a list of the top 10 most important problems facing the country.