The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the United States federal government organization responsible for most non-military foreign aid. An independent federal agency, it receives overall foreign policy guidance from the United States Secretary of State and seeks to "extend a helping hand to those people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster or striving to live in a free and democratic country..."

USAID advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting economic growth, agriculture and trade; health; democracy, conflict prevention, and humanitarian assistance. It provides assistance in Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and Eurasia. USAID is organized around three main pillars: Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade;Global Health; Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance.

US Hostage Warren Weinstein Asks Obama To Meet Al Qaeda's Demands In Exchange For Life [VIDEO]

Al Qaeda on Sunday released a video of American hostage Warren Weinstein urging the US government to act upon his abductors' terms or else he would be put to death, the Agence-France Presse (AFP) reported.In the video titled A Message from the Prisoner Warren Weinstein to His President, the former USAID worker was seen seated behind a table as he addressed President Obama: My life is in your hands, Mr. President. If you accept the demands, I live;don't accept the demands, t...

Fifth Woman, Donna Donella, Comes Forward in Cain Harassment Scandal

On the day Sharon Bialek told her story with attorney Gloria Allred, Donella told The Washington Examiner that Cain tried to get dinner alone with an audience member at 2002 speech, then tried to set up a date with Donella herself. As Cain prepares for a press conference to counter Bialek's story, bloggers and news sites debated whether Cain's behavior is damning or inconsequential.

Cell phones may be new tool vs Somalia famine

Cell phones may bring relief to famine victims in parts of Somalia controlled by al Shabaab insurgents as donors seek new ways to circumvent the hard-line militants, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.
Lab On A MicroChip

Lab on Chip to Offer Cheaper, Faster HIV Test

Imagine shrinking an entire lab to a hand held gadget that allows easy detection of HIV virus and Syphilis in the remotest corners of the world. This seems possible, thanks to Samuel K. Sia, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering and team who have invented the mChip (mobile microfluidic chip) that can interpret quantitative blood test results, independent of user interpretations.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai (2nd L) shakes hands with Senator John Kerry (D-MA) during a luncheon hosted by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Senate Report Scrutinizes Aid For Afghanistan

A report by the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee questioned the success of foreign assistance in Afghanistan, detailing the extent to which the nation has become reliant on aid dollars to sustain its still-tenuous infrastructure while suggesting that America will need to continue financially supporting the country for years to come.