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Saturday, February 6th 2016 - 07:37 UTC

US unemployment drops to 4.9% in January, but hiring is slowing down

The total number of people in work – excluding the agriculture sector – increased by 151,000. Economists had predicted 190,000.

The latest report from the United States Labor Department for January showed job gains slowed more than expected as the boost to hiring from unseasonably mild weather faded last month. However unemployment dropped to 4.9% of the workforce, the lowest in almost eight years.

Saturday, February 6th 2016 - 07:00 UTC

Argentina close to a full agreement with holdouts: US$ 6.5bn offer to end the litigation

“The agreement was awesome,” Caputo said in New York. “We have had a good reception of the proposals and I feel optimistic.”

Argentina offered a $6.5 billion cash payment to creditors suing the country over defaulted bonds on Friday, seeking to end an exhausting 14-year legal battle, “the sovereign debt trial of the century”, that transformed the country into a financial markets pariah. Two out of six leading bondholders have already accepted the offer, the U.S. court-appointed mediator said, hailing the proposal by Argentina's new, business-friendly government as an “historic breakthrough”.

Saturday, February 6th 2016 - 05:36 UTC

UK will contest UN opinion on 'arbitrary detention' of Julian Assange

“We completely reject any claim that Julian Assange is a victim of arbitrary detention. The UK will formally contest the working group’s opinion”.

The United Kingdom will formally contest the opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention that Julian Assange is a victim of arbitrary detention. From Stockholm Swedish prosecution said the UN ruling had no formal impact into an ongoing rape investigation against the WikiLeak's founder.

Saturday, February 6th 2016 - 05:29 UTC

US promotes major traceability plan for fishery products to combat IUU

Kathryn D. Sullivan, NOAA administrator appealed to the seafood industry, trade and consumer sectors, international partners and the conservation community

The United States National Oceanic and Atmosphereric Administration (NOAA) announced a proposal to implement a traceability plan for fishery products, aimed at combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and to prevent fraudulent trade.

Thursday, February 4th 2016 - 07:59 UTC

Santos at the White House will ask for help to implement Colombia's peace accord

“Part of the conversation with President Obama is how can they help us in the post-conflict,” Colombian president Santos told a BBC interview.

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has said he will ask President Obama to help implement a peace accord that his government expects to sign with the Farc rebel group next month. The two presidents will meet at the White House on Thursday.

Thursday, February 4th 2016 - 07:29 UTC

“Attacks on Islam are attacks on all religions” says Obama at Maryland mosque

“We have to understand that an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths,” Obama said at the mosque in Catonsville, Maryland, outside Baltimore.

President Barack Obama visited an American mosque on Wednesday and declared that attacks on Islam were an attack on all religions, in an effort to counter rhetoric from Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates that has alienated Muslims.

Wednesday, February 3rd 2016 - 06:32 UTC

US reports first known case of Zika virus transmission through sex

Dallas County Health and Human Services said it received confirmation of the case in Dallas from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The first known case of Zika virus transmission in the United States was reported in Texas on Tuesday by local health officials, who said it likely was contracted through sex and not a mosquito bite, a day after the World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency.

Tuesday, February 2nd 2016 - 12:07 UTC

Havana Club rum war: Bacardi appeals US decision to let Cuba have the trademark

That green light, granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is illegal, Bacardi said in the latest salvo of a long-running legal battle that goes back to 1959.

Bacardi filed suit on Monday against the United States demanding an explanation of its decision to let Cuba sell Havana Club rum in the United States once the U.S. trade embargo against the Castro brothers' island is lifted.

Tuesday, February 2nd 2016 - 06:12 UTC

Iowa surprise: Senator Ted Cruz beats Donald Trump: “I'm honored by second place”

“Tonight is a victory for courageous conservatives,” Ted Cruz declared, to great applause, as he railed against Washington, lobbyists and the media.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has won the Iowa Republican caucuses, the first vote of the US 2016 presidential election. He took 28% of the Republican vote, beating his rival, the once frontrunner Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio.

Saturday, January 30th 2016 - 12:35 UTC

Glyhphosate court battle in California could turn into lead case

Monsanto said it filed the suit against California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and the agency’s acting director, Lauren Zeise

Monsanto stepped up its defense of a widely used weed killer by filing a lawsuit in California seeking to prevent glyphosate, the main ingredient in its Roundup herbicide, from being added to the state’s list of known carcinogens.

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