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United States
Friday, October 9th 2015 - 07:21 UTC

Fed close to increasing rate, according to minutes; IMF again calls on Yellen for prudence

Because of the risks to the outlook for economic activity and inflation, “FOMC decided that it was prudent to wait for additional information” said the minutes

The US Federal Reserve believes the US economy was close to warranting an interest rate hike in September but policymakers decided it was prudent to wait for evidence a global economic slowdown was not knocking United States off course.

Wednesday, October 7th 2015 - 09:56 UTC

Former UN General Assembly president charged over corruption ring

John Ashe, a former U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda was accused of taking more than $1.3 million in bribes from Chinese businessmen

United States authorities charged a former president of the United Nations General Assembly, a billionaire Macau real estate developer and four others on Tuesday for engaging in a wide-ranging corruption scheme.

Tuesday, October 6th 2015 - 10:17 UTC

BP agrees to pay 20bn dollars to settle claims with Gulf of Mexico 2010 oil spill

Millions of barrels of oil were spilled into surrounding waters. The ensuing spill took 87 days to stop. BP says the deal gives it “certainty” over what it must pay.

Oil giant BP has agreed to pay $20bn to settle claims with the US stemming from the company's Deepwater Horizon oil spill. An explosion on BP's deep-water drill, off the coast of Louisiana in 2010 killed 11 workers.

Saturday, October 3rd 2015 - 07:29 UTC

US jobs created in September sharply lower than expected; fears global slow-down is hitting America

The figure was far lower than the 205,000 increase forecast by economists. The number of jobs in July and August were revised down by a combined 59,000.

The US economy added just 142,000 jobs in September, lowering the chance of an interest rate rise this year. The figure was far lower than the 205,000 increase forecast by economists. The number of jobs created in July and August were revised down by a combined 59,000.

Saturday, October 3rd 2015 - 07:17 UTC

Umpqua killer: interest in high-profile shootings, angry at not having a girlfriend and bitter at the world

Harper-Mercer described himself as “Not Religious, but Spiritual,” and belonged to a group called “Doesn’t Like Organized Religion.”

Christopher Harper-Mercer was withdrawn and quiet as he grew up in southern California, spending most of his time indoors at his mother’s apartment and deflecting neighbors when they asked him how he was doing, or why he always wore the same outfit of combat boots and green Army pants. But there was one subject that got him to open up: guns.

Friday, October 2nd 2015 - 06:34 UTC

Frustrated Obama challenges voters to support changes in gun laws

Obama, with some anger in his voice, said the US has become numb to such shootings and the response has become routine.

A visibly frustrated President Barack Obama said on Thursday that thoughts and prayers are no longer enough as Americans respond to another deadly school shooting, and he challenged voters wanting to deal with the problem to vote for elected officials who will do something.

Wednesday, September 30th 2015 - 07:46 UTC

Obama and Castro renew calls for an end to US trade embargo against Cuba

The leaders shook hands before the start of their second meeting, after an historic encounter in April at the Summit of the Americas in Panama.

President Barack Obama met his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro on Tuesday at the United Nations and renewed calls for an end to the US trade embargo against Havana.

Wednesday, September 30th 2015 - 06:54 UTC

Argentina furious with Washington over top-spy 'hiding' in the US

Cristina Fernandez dedicated much of her speech to the UN General Assembly to talk about the spy-case and lack of cooperation from the US

Argentina and the US are on collision course following president Cristina Fernandez complaint of lack of cooperation from Washington, in helping locate a former Argentine spy, head of special operations, who apparently is hiding 'or being protected' in the US, and has been summoned by prosecutors in Buenos Aires.

Wednesday, September 30th 2015 - 06:38 UTC

Plenty of Cristina's friends referred to the Malvinas claim at the UN

  “It's obvious that in a limited span of time the president can't address all issues and she had priorities”, pointed out Timerman

Although president Cristina Fernandez, to the surprise of many, did not mention a word about Argentina's claim over the Falkland Islands, particularly since this was her last address to the UN General Assembly, Minister Hector Timerman said that nobody could doubt the president's commitment to the Malvinas question, and there were plenty of mentions to the issue from allied countries.

Tuesday, September 29th 2015 - 07:37 UTC

Boehner calls hard-line conservatives 'false prophets' and pledges funds for Planned Parenthood

Boehner said claimed ultra conservatives “whip people into a frenzy believing they can accomplish things they know, they know are never going to happen.”

Blasting hard-line conservatives as “false prophets,” US House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday said Congress will avoid a government shutdown this week and he will push through as much unfinished legislation as possible before leaving at the end of October.


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