US will not sign nonagression pact

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell told reporters Thursday the United States will not sign a non-aggression pact with North Korea.

Kennedy Center names five 2003 honorees

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Tuesday that singer James Brown, actress Carol Burnett, singer Loretta Lynn, director Mike Nichols

Question of Powell's future remains

CRAWFORD, Texas, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell skirted the question Wednesday of whether Powell would be part of a second Bush term.

State Dept.may face change if Bush stays

CRAWFORD, Texas, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The White House is refusing to confirm or deny a report that Secretary of State Colin Powell will resign if President Bush is re-elected.

Israeli troops, activists fight over fence

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Israeli troops fired rubber bullets at activists spraying graffiti on a security fence Israel is building in the West Bank town of Qalqilya, BBC reported.

U.S. effort against illegal logging

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell launched a new U.S. government initiative aimed at combating the global problem of illegal logging.

Group: illegal timber coming to U.S.

WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) -- Monday, Secretary of State Colin Powell will launch the President's Initiative Against Illegal Logging at the State Department.

Senators fret over rights in Kazakhstan

WASHINGTON, July 25 (UPI) -- A bi-partisan group of four U.S. senators has written Secretary of State Colin Powell with concerns over human rights in Kazakhstan.

Pentagon: Liberia fraught with peril

WASHINGTON, July 25 (UPI) -- Two senior Pentagon officials warn United States troops would face significant dangers in Liberia, it was reported Friday.

Palestinians bristle over prisoner plan

GAZA CITY, Gaza, July 23 (UPI) -- The Israel Security Agency Wednesday presented a list of 450 to 500 prisoners it proposes to release to help advance the peace process with the Palestinians.

Poll: Powell most infuential

WASHINGTON, July 21 (UPI) -- A new survey of African-American voters indicates Secretary of State Colin Powell is the nation's most influential black political leader.

The Bear's Lair: Lyndon Baines Bush

WASHINGTON, July 21 (UPI) -- He got into a war without an obvious exit route, on the basis of evidence that was later held to be false. He instituted new Federal spending programs without worrying about how to pay for them until too late. And, after huge popularity for several years
MARTIN HUTCHINSON, UPI Business and Economics Editor

New WHO chief pledges renewed AIDS fight

NEW YORK, July 21 (UPI) -- The head of the World Health Organization says he'll provide 3 million HIV and AIDS patients in poor nations with anti-retroviral drugs within two years.

U.S. to turn to U.N. for help in Iraq

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- For help with stabilizing Iraq, the United States might have to turn to the United Nations, which America spurned in its initiation of war.

Harris Poll: Gains of war diminish

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- The latest Harris Poll shows President Bush has lost some, but not all, of the popularity gained as a result of the Iraq war victory.
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Colin Powell
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks during the NAACP's centennial convention held on July 15, 2009 in New York City. The NAACP has been holding a week-long gathering which features numerous speakers and workshops. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)

Legion of Merit (2) Soldier's Medal Bronze Star Purple Heart

Colin Luther Powell (pronounced /ˈkoʊlɨn/; born April 5, 1937) is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. He was the first African American to serve in that position. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989), as Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Gulf War. He was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Colin Luther Powell was born on April 5, 1937 in Harlem, a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, to Jamaican immigrant parents Maud Arial (née McKoy) and Luther Theophilus Powell. He also has Scottish ancestry. Powell was raised in the South Bronx and attended Morris High School, a former public school in the Bronx, from which he graduated in 1954. While at school, he worked at a local baby furniture store where he picked up Yiddish from the shopkeepers and some of the customers. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the City College of New York in 1958 and was a self-admitted C average student. He was later able to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from the George Washington University in 1971, after his second tour in Vietnam.

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