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United States
Thursday, September 18th 2014 - 05:30 UTC

Fed evasive about when it will begin to raise interest rates, “considerable time”

Yellen disappointed some when she said there was no “calendar date” for a rate rise. US markets however were reassured and Dow Jones closed at a record high.

The US Federal Reserve has reiterated that it will raise interest rates once a “considerable time” has passed after its stimulus program ends in October. The announcement came at the end of a two-day meeting of the central bank's policy committee in Washington DC.

Wednesday, September 17th 2014 - 01:11 UTC

Argentina warns US acting ambassador on 'default' statements and 'deplores lack of support'

Timerman said “Argentina has honored all its commitments in due time and form under the conditions agreed in 2005 and 2010 and will continue to do so.”

United States interim ambassador to Argentina Kevin Sullivan was summoned to foreign minister Hector Timerman's office and was informed of ”the profound and firm rejection of the Argentine government to the US diplomat’s inappropriate statements”, according to the statement from the ministry made public on Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 16th 2014 - 05:04 UTC

White House says it prefers the UK to remain “strong, robust and united”

A variety of experts say Washington would rather avoid the disruption to NATO defenses that forming a separate Scottish military would bring.

The White House weighed in carefully on the Scottish independence referendum, saying Washington would respect the outcome of the vote but would prefer the United Kingdom to remain “strong, robust and united.”

Tuesday, September 16th 2014 - 02:42 UTC

US insists with Argentina it does not support the UN sovereign debt debate

“It would be much better to work with existing market mechanisms to issue sovereign debt rather than creating a UN convention” said Kevin Sullivan

As Argentine President Cristina Fernandez readies for her annual trip to New York to speak at the United Nations General Assembly, US interim ambassador in Buenos Aires Kevin Sullivan ratified that Washington will not back the UN sovereign debt resolution sparked by Argentina’s legal battle with its holdout creditors.

Monday, September 15th 2014 - 04:00 UTC

PM Cameron promises to hunt down IS murderers of British hostage

“We will do everything in our power to hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice, however long it takes.”

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron chaired a meeting of the government's emergency response committee on Sunday under growing pressure to sanction air strikes after an Islamic State video showed the beheading of a British hostage.

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014 - 07:01 UTC

Controversy in Uruguay over transfer of Guantanamo prisoners, before or after October election

Ambassador Reynoso said that the US does impose a date for the transfer, although it is preferable it happens before Mujica steps down

US ambassador in Montevideo, Julissa Reynoso said that Washington “does not impose a date” for the transfer and arrival of the Guantanamo prison detainees to be accepted by Uruguay, but admitted that the ideal would be for this to happen before the end of President Jose Mujica's mandate next March first.

Saturday, August 30th 2014 - 07:10 UTC

Venezuela cheap oil and fuel shipments to allies fall to a five-year low

The accords that former president Hugo Chavez struck to lower energy costs for friends and expand his diplomatic clout, are not being fully complied .

Venezuela’s shipments of crude oil and fuel to its allies have fallen to a five-year low as a weak economy hits its ability to uphold accords that former president Hugo Chávez struck to lower energy costs for friends and expand his diplomatic clout.

Tuesday, August 26th 2014 - 07:14 UTC

UK embassy apologizes for a cake 'commemorating' torching of White House

British troops in 1814 led by Maj Gen Robert Ross, attacked and burned public buildings including the Capitol, Washington Navy Yard and the White House

The British embassy in Washington has apologized after tweeting a picture of a White House cake surrounded by sparklers, “commemorating” the burning of the building 200 years ago.

Saturday, August 23rd 2014 - 06:18 UTC

Yellen insists with expansive policies despite growing pressure from 'hawks' on interest rate

“Five years after the end of the recession, the labor market has yet to fully recover,” argues Fed chief Yellen

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the US jobs market has not yet fully recovered, but acknowledged that data is sending mixed signals, spurring debate over inflationary pressures. In a speech to leading central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Yellen, who has kept Fed policy expansive due to perceived excess slack in the jobs market, gave no clear new signs for monetary policy.

Thursday, August 21st 2014 - 07:31 UTC

“Slack of US labor market” keeping the Fed from raising interest rates

Many Fed members pointed to the millions of workers who have been out of work for extended periods or who are unable to find full-time employment.

The US Federal Reserve hinted that a surprisingly strong jobs market recovery could lead it to raise interest rates earlier than it had been anticipating. At the same time, most Fed officials wanted further evidence before changing their view on when rates should rise, according to the minutes from the central bank's July 29-30 meeting.

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