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Monday, March 2nd 2015 - 05:58 UTC

US economy slowdowns in last quarter, but for Wall Street it remains strong

The slowdown in growth from the third quarter was caused by a rise in imports and a downturn in government spending

The slowdown in the US economy at the end of last year was more pronounced than previously thought, official figures have shown. The world's largest economy grew at an annual pace of 2.2% between October and December, against a previous estimate of 2.6%, the Commerce Department said.

Friday, February 27th 2015 - 08:06 UTC

In landmark decision US approves tough Internet neutrality regulations

After a decade of debate, we finally have “legally sustainable rules to ensure that the Internet stays fast, fair and open” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

In a landmark decision for the future of the Internet, the United States Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved tough net neutrality regulations to oversee online traffic. The new rules prohibit Internet service providers from discriminating against legal content flowing through their wired or wireless networks, such as by charging websites for faster delivery of video and other data to consumers.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 04:34 UTC

Fed latest minutes indicate “patience” prevails before a rise in interest rates

The Fed has kept its benchmark interest rate at zero since late 2008, when it slashed rates to boost the economy.

Officials at the United States Federal Reserve are unlikely to raise interest rates soon, the latest minutes from the bank's January meeting have revealed. Policymakers worried about lower-than-expected inflation as well as slow wage growth in the US economy, the world's largest.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 04:27 UTC

Bitter frigid air causes record breaking temperatures in East US and Canada

In Atlanta, temperatures dipped to 15F overnight and officials were trying to determine whether two people found dead had been killed by the cold.

Bitterly cold air from Siberia has brought dangerously frigid and likely record-setting temperatures to the eastern half of the US. Temperatures are 20 to 40 degrees F below normal for February from the Mid-Atlantic to the South.

Wednesday, February 18th 2015 - 04:40 UTC

Argentina addresses letters to the US and Israel regarding Iran and AMIA

”Today, I am asking you again that the AMIA issue be included in the negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran”, said Timerman

Foreign Minister Hector Timerman held a press conference to inform Argentina was addressing a letter to both US Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister of Israel Avigdor Lieberman reaffirming Argentina’s “peaceful” stance in the resolution of conflicts, reiterating also its calls to have the AMIA case negotiations “included” in current talks between Washington and Tehran.

Tuesday, February 17th 2015 - 05:27 UTC

Lord Prescott strongly supports the return of Chagossians to Diego Garcia

Lord Prescott says with the 50 year UK-US agreement on US military use of Diego Garcia ending in 2016, it is the perfect time for Chagossians to return home

British ex Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has made a powerful intervention in the campaign to grant Chagossians the right to return to their homeland, reports the UK Chagos Support Association.

Saturday, February 14th 2015 - 06:59 UTC

Maduro claims a coup attempt was foiled, and blames the US

“We have foiled a coup attempt against democracy and the stability of our homeland” said Maduro on national television

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro Thursday night went on the air and said the intelligence services had foiled a coup and arrested multiple people who were behind the attempt, which was backed by the United States.

Thursday, February 12th 2015 - 06:38 UTC

Argentine administration counterattacks US media on Nisman's case

Timerman explained that the Argentine government has not received any suggestion from the US but that “its help would be declined if offered”.

Argentina's Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said that the death of AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman is being “used to attack the government” in an interview with the Washington Post. Meanwhile Argentina's Ambassador to the US Cecilia Nahon wrote a letter to the Post’s editor stating that “Argentina seeks only justice in 1994 bombing case.”

Monday, February 9th 2015 - 10:12 UTC

Guyana, US, Peru and Uruguay consent to OAS visits on anti-corruption

The four countries notified the MESICIC for conducting on-site visits. They also consented to and received on-site visits during the Fourth Round of Review.

The governments of Guyana, the United States, Peru and Uruguay confirmed this week to the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) their consent to receive on site visits as part of the Fifth Round of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the OAS.

Friday, February 6th 2015 - 23:10 UTC

US reports strong surge in employment and wages during January

January marked the 11th straight month of job gains above 200,000, the longest streak since 1994.

United States employment rose solidly in January and wages rebounded strongly, a show of underlying strength in the economy. Nonfarm payrolls increased 257,000 last month, the Labor Department said on Friday.

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