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Sunday, October 19th 2014 - 07:27 UTC

Yellen warns about the rich-poor gap in the US, at a near 100-year high

The Fed chief said that wide wealth disparities can make it harder for the poor to move up the income ladder

Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen warned Friday that the gap between the rich and poor in the United States is widening and has reached a near 100-year high. In a speech at a conference on inequality in Boston, the Fed chair did not mention monetary policy nor the current turmoil in financial markets. Instead, she focused on the widening wealth disparity and how that impacts economic opportunity.

Saturday, October 18th 2014 - 08:13 UTC

Ebola scare reaches cruise industry: Carnival vessel barred from Mexico and Belize

The Carnival Magic, which authorities in Mexico and Belize have barred from their ports, is now headed back to Texas.

A laboratory technician from the Dallas hospital where a Liberian died of the Ebola virus, and who handled some of his fluid samples for analysis, has been placed in quarantine aboard a cruise ship, the State Department said on Friday.

Monday, October 13th 2014 - 07:10 UTC

Racial tension erupts in St Louis as heavy handed police arrest demonstrators

The fatal shooting of an African American teenager by an off-duty cop last Wednesday has inflamed tensions

Riot-gear clad police arrested at least 17 people on Sunday after they refused orders to disperse from a spontaneous sit-in outside a convenience store in St. Louis during a weekend of otherwise peaceful protests against police violence.

Monday, October 13th 2014 - 07:04 UTC

Head of Pentagon underlines military partnership of the US with Chile

Hagel is on a three-countries six-day visit to South America and on Monday will attend the Americas Defense ministers conference in Peru

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with government leaders in the Chilean capital of Santiago on Sunday to discuss deepening the U.S. military partnership with Chile.

Monday, October 13th 2014 - 06:54 UTC

US against China proposal to create a regional development bank for Asia

Xi Jinping want to make the formal announcement at a summit meeting of Asian leaders in November

For almost a year, China has been pitching an idea to its neighbors in Asia: a big, internationally funded bank that would offer quick financing for badly needed transportation, telecommunications and energy projects in underdeveloped countries across the region.

Saturday, October 11th 2014 - 08:10 UTC

On Columbus Day, “we also pay tribute to the legacy of Native Americans”

President Obama: On Columbus Day, we reflect on the moment the world changed

Proclamation by Barack Obama - When Christopher Columbus -- a son of Genoa, Italy -- set sail across the Atlantic, no one could imagine the profound and lasting impact he would have on the world. In search of a westward route to Asia, he instead spotted the Bahamas. As dawn broke on October 12, 1492, Columbus's crew set foot on a Caribbean island and changed the course of history. For much of Europe, this marked the discovery of the New World, and it set in motion the more than five centuries that have followed.

Saturday, October 11th 2014 - 03:24 UTC

Special Master Pollack to meet with Argentina's and holdout lawyers next week

Daniel Pollack confirmed that he anticipated a meeting, but declined to provide further details

A United States court-appointed mediator said on Friday he would hold a meeting next week between lawyers for Argentina and 'holdout' creditors suing the country in a longstanding dispute over defaulted debt.

Saturday, October 11th 2014 - 01:47 UTC

UN Human Rights Council calls for immediate release of Venezuelan dissident Leopoldo Lopez

”The arrest of Mr. Leopoldo López is arbitrary (...) Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is to immediately release Mr. López”

The United Nations adopted a resolution Wednesday decreeing the Venezuelan government should immediately release Leopoldo Lopez, the opposition leader who has been imprisoned for almost nine months in connection to the violent protests in Caracas in February.

Tuesday, October 7th 2014 - 00:43 UTC

Griesa orders Argentina to reinstate BoNY as trustee for bondholders' payments

“The Republic of Argentina will need to reverse entirely the steps which it has taken constituting the contempt of court”, underlined Griesa

US Judge Thomas Griesa has ordered Argentina to reinstate the Bank of New York Mellon (BoNY) as trustee for bondholders payments and “reverse the steps taken” with the approval of the so-called Sovereign Payment law that replaced it with the country's Nacion Fideicomisos.

Saturday, October 4th 2014 - 10:29 UTC

US trade deficit down, while oil imports fall to their lowest in four years

U.S. exports have increased 4.1% since August 2013 and imports have grown 3.7% in the period.

The U.S. trade deficit slipped 0.5% in August to 40.1 billion, the lowest since January, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Oil imports fell to their lowest level in four years.U.S. exports increased 0.2% in August to a record 198.5 billion, while imports grew 0.1% to 238 billion. After a 40.3 deficit in July, analysts expected a 40.9 billion trade gap in August.

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