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Saturday, January 24th 2015 - 06:26 UTC

US government and Congress call for a “complete and impartial” investigation into the death of Nisman

”Judicial authorities are investigating his death and we call for a complete and impartial investigation,” US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said

The US government has called for a “complete and impartial” investigation on the death of AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who had accused President Cristina Fernandez of covering up the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community centre.

Friday, January 23rd 2015 - 07:04 UTC

US and Cuba agree to continue disagreeing but want to advance

The two sides discussed technical issues that need to be worked out to open embassies but, Jacobson said, “I can’t tell you exactly when that will happen.”

The United States and Cuba fell short of setting dates to reopen embassies but agreed to meet again to overcome deep rifts after they wrapped up historic talks aimed at normalizing relations.

Friday, January 23rd 2015 - 06:03 UTC

US Ambassador Mamet presents credentials and meets with Timerman

“Honored to represent the US in Argentina” said Mamet, seen here shaking hands with foreign minister Timerman

US ambassador to Argentina Noah B. Mamet held his first meeting with Foreign Minister Hector Timerman at the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday afternoon after he arrived in Buenos Aires on Friday of last week.

Thursday, January 22nd 2015 - 06:26 UTC

US/Cuba talks take off and are described as “productive and constructive”

“Cuba aspires to have a normal relationship with the United States, in the broader sense but also in the area of migration”, pointed out Ms Vidal

US and Cuban officials launched historic talks to shed their Cold War-era hostility on Wednesday, complimenting each other on the first day's progress despite persistent differences over migration policy.

Wednesday, January 21st 2015 - 08:03 UTC

Obama pledged 'middle-class economics' but faces a Republican congress

In a speech which he described as more focused on values than policies, Obama declared America had turned a page after the worst recession since Depression.

US President Barack Obama has declared an end to the financial crisis and pledged economic policies to benefit all Americans, in his annual State of the Union address to Congress. In a speech devised to appeal to working families, Mr Obama outlined his strategy for “middle-class economics”.

Monday, January 19th 2015 - 07:19 UTC

Obama wants tax increases on the wealthy to help middle class families

Details of his proposal should be known on Tuesday when Obama addresses for the first time a full Congress under Republican control

President Obama is to use Tuesday's State of the Union speech to call for tax increases on the wealthy to help the middle class, officials say. The proposals would raise 320 billion dollars over a decade, to fund benefits such as tax credits.

Saturday, January 17th 2015 - 07:46 UTC

Booming California overtakes Brazil as the world's seventh largest economy

The Golden State with GDP of 2.20 trillion dollars in 2013, expanded last year by almost every measure. Brazil’s GDP in contrast, declined 1% from 2.25tn

California is overtaking Brazil as the world’s seventh-largest economy, bolstered by rising employment, home values and personal and corporate income, a year after the US most-populous state surpassed Russia and Italy.

Friday, January 16th 2015 - 04:58 UTC

US makes it easier for Americans to travel and make business in Cuba

The changes will impact in ”further engaging and empowering the Cuban people, promoting positive change for Cuba’s citizens” said Jacob J. Lew

The United States government on Friday will begin making it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba than it has been for more than half a century, opening the door to a new era of contact between neighbors that have been estranged longer than most of their citizens have been alive.

Thursday, January 15th 2015 - 07:56 UTC

Mexico's Slim poised to become New York Times Co. largest shareholder

When Slim agreed to loan Times Co. money in 2009, the company had just cancelled its dividend to preserve cash and a credit line was set to expire.

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is poised to become the largest shareholder in the New York Times Co. after already almost doubling his money from an investment that helped the newspaper get through the financial crisis.

Tuesday, January 13th 2015 - 08:52 UTC

Vast potential energy resources in US Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific

The areas are currently almost entirely off-limits to offshore oil and gas development but could be included in the US next five-year leasing program.

Two new studies by Quest Offshore Inc. for the (US) National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) show vast potential energy and economic benefits to the U.S. if the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific outer continental shelf (OCS) were opened to offshore oil and natural gas development.

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