President Barack Obama will sign an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
US President Barack Obama has warned that the downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Ukraine should be a "wake-up call for Europe and the world".
The ANC chief whip's office says the force Israel is using in Gaza is unjustifiable because innocent civilians, including children, are being killed.
Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin on Thursday discussed a downed passenger plane during a phone call prompted by a new round of US sanctions.
Both Israeli and Hamas forces have ruled out an end to hostilities as the death toll from fighting in Gaza climbs to more than 100.
Islamist militants have seized the crossing near the border town of al-Qaim, after battling Iraqi troops.
Islamist militants have launched an assault in Baiji as Iran raises the prospect of military intervention in the embattled state.
The last US prisoner of war held in Afghanistan has been handed over to the US Special Operations in a dramatic swap for five Taliban detainees.
The last of the United States military forces will leave Afghanistan by the end of 2016, 15 years after the September 2001 attacks in New York.
US President Barack Obama has announced the deployment of about 80 military members to Chad to help find over 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.
Dozens of people have been killed as fighting broke out on the streets of Odessa, opening a new front in a conflict that has split the country.
Unfortunately many see Mmusi Maimane as a puppet; there are people behind his rise, and those people are not black.
US President Barack Obama has announced new sanctions in a bid to stop President Vladimir Putin from fomenting the rebellion in eastern Ukraine.
New sanctions will be imposed on Russia as punishment for failing to adhere to an international deal aimed at stabilising the crisis in Ukraine.
Separatists are holding public buildings in Ukraine, saying they need more assurances about security before complying with an international deal.
The US president tells his Russian counterpart his political strategy is a generation out of date.
Major industrialised nations have warned Moscow of tougher economic sanctions if it goes beyond the seizure of Crimea.
The gold price recovered from a four-week low as G7 leaders threatened further sanctions against Russia over its annexing of Crimea.
The US and its G7 allies will gather next week at the Hague to consider a further response to Russia's attempt to absorb Ukraine's Crimea region.