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United States
Wednesday, November 26th 2014 - 09:56 UTC

US economy stronger and growing sturdier than most forecasts

US has seen its strongest two consecutive quarters of growth for a decade. Consumer spending was the biggest driver of the raised expansion estimate.

The US economy grew much faster in the third quarter than first reported, official figures have shown. It expanded at an annual zed rate of 3.9% between July and September, up from the 3.5% first estimated by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Tuesday, November 25th 2014 - 07:40 UTC

Two hard-core Pentagon former officials candidates for US Secretary of Defense

Michèle A. Flournoy, is a former Under-secretary of defense who would be the first woman to head the Pentagon

President Barack Obama is considering two former Defense Department officials as successors to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, administration officials said on Monday. Both are seasoned national security professionals whose credibility among members of both parties and Defense Department experience would be considered assets in managing the threat from the Islamic State, budget cuts and other challenges.

Saturday, November 22nd 2014 - 06:54 UTC

Mexican president hails Obama's decisions on immigration

“I want to publicly recognize yesterday's announcement,” said Peña Nieto “These measures bring relief to principally Mexican immigrants.”

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto hailed US President Barack Obama's sweeping steps on immigration, saying they were “most important measures taken in several decades” and would allow families to stay together.

Friday, November 21st 2014 - 06:59 UTC

Potential of US offshore oil and gas, according to American Petroleum Institute

Eastern Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific OCS and the Atlantic OCS are currently almost entirely off-limits to offshore oil and gas development

Two new studies released by the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) show significant potential added energy and economic benefits to the United States if the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific outer continental shelf (OCS) were opened to offshore oil and natural gas development.

Thursday, November 20th 2014 - 04:29 UTC

Fed minutes confirm reveal consensus on ending stimulus program

Most observers expect the Fed will begin raising the rate in the middle of 2015, mostly in an effort to keep inflation in check as the US recovery gathers steam.

Although the US Federal Reserve was worried about turmoil in emerging markets, the central bank reached an easy consensus to end its stimulus program, its latest minutes reveal.

Tuesday, November 18th 2014 - 06:17 UTC

National Guard ready to act in Missouri waiting for jury decision on killing of black teenager

Governor Nixon signed an state of emergency order on Monday, activating Missouri's National Guard.

The governor of the US state of Missouri has activated the state's National Guard in anticipation of a grand jury decision over the killing of an unarmed black teenager. In a statement, Jay Nixon said the guard will “support law enforcement's efforts to maintain peace”.

Tuesday, November 18th 2014 - 06:02 UTC

Rousseff wants to improve ties with Washington, but hurdles and attitudes persist

After re-election Rousseff told Vice President Joe Biden that she wanted to restart discussions “right away” for a formal state visit

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who cancelled a White House trip last year in anger over U.S. spying revelations, now wants to improve ties and reschedule the state visit - but some U.S. officials warn it might not be that easy.

Friday, November 14th 2014 - 19:04 UTC

When Germany promised 'the return of Texas' if Mexico declared war on US

On Jan 1917 the British intercepted a message from German foreign minister Zimmerman with the promise to help Mexico recover the 'lost territories'

The United States of America entered World War I in April 1917 and it is widely believed that turned the tide of the conflict. The wartime leader was Woodrow Wilson, whose progressive accomplishments were significant between 1912 and his re-election in 1916.

Sunday, November 9th 2014 - 09:57 UTC

US unemployment down to 5.8%, the lowest since July 2008

US employers have added at least 200,000 jobs for nine months in a row, the longest growth period since 1995.

The US economy added 214,000 jobs in October, while the unemployment rate has fallen to 5.8%, official Labor Department figures show. The number of jobs created is slightly below forecasts of about 230,000 new posts, but still indicates a healthy US jobs market.

Thursday, November 6th 2014 - 06:28 UTC

Cannabis debate in US rages with legalization claiming more states

Oregon, Alaska and Washington DC votes in referendums to legalize marihuana use

Residents of Oregon, Alaska, and the US capital Washington voted on Tuesday to legalize marijuana in key victories that could fuel the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream.

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