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Monday, January 26th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Geithner sworn in to the toughest job: Treasury Secretary

Secretary Timothy Geithner

Timothy Geithner was sworn in as US Treasury Secretary within hours of the Senate approving his nomination on Monday. The confirmation by 60 votes to 34 was delayed due to concerns Mr Geithner had failed to pay previous taxes on time.

Thursday, January 22nd 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Obama takes presidential oath of office a second time

Obama takes the oath again but without the Bible and Michelle

Barack Obama retook on Wednesday the US presidential oath of office, after the inauguration blunder that was heard throughout the world. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the oath to Mr Obama at the White House in a rare move in which no TV camera crews or news photographers were allowed in.

Thursday, January 22nd 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Overwhelming support for Hillary Clinton Secretary of State

A long list of thorny issues wait for Hillary and her smart power

The United States Senate in an overwhelming 94 to 2 vote Wednesday, gave final approval to the nomination of Senator and former First Lady Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Action was delayed by one day because of Republican concerns about fund-raising by former President Bill Clinton's charitable foundation.

Thursday, January 22nd 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Legal process, ethics, transparency, mark Obama's first day

Obama ready to sign several excecutive orders including closing Guantanamo

US President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay prison within a year. A draft order circulated on Wednesday also called for halting military trials in the prison, where terror suspects had been held for years without trial.

Wednesday, January 21st 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Countries want “more dialogue” and less imposition from US

OAS Secretary Jose Insulza

More dialogue is what countries are expecting from the administration of President Barack Obama, according to the Organization of American States, OAS, Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza, one of the special guests to the presidential taking office ceremony in Washington.

Wednesday, January 21st 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Hillary's nomination put off a day by Senator' objection

Secretary of State H. Clinton

The United States swiftly approved on Tuesday six members of President Barack Obama's Cabinet, but put off for a day the vote on his choice of Hillary Clinton to be Secretary of State following Republican Texas Senator John Comyn objection.

Wednesday, January 21st 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Obama appeals to values and pledges era of responsibility

Barack Obama became the United States 44th president on Tuesday assuring allies he'll rebuild the world's shattered economy while repairing strained friendships as millions cheered the apparent arrival of a new age of political idealism. He promised to leave aside the confrontational dogma and develop a more open and conciliatory relationship with the rest of the world.

Tuesday, January 20th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

USA: Stage set for Obama to make history

Barack Obama will make history when he is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States - the first black American to hold the post.

Tuesday, January 20th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

“A great day for relations with Latinamerica”

Ambassador  A. Wayne

With President Barack Obama's administration a “new chapter opens and a new relation with Latinamerica begins” said on Tuesday US ambassador in Argentina Anthony Wayne during a conference in Buenos Aires.

Tuesday, January 20th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

What the world wants of Barak Obama

When Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States, the wish list that has been building abroad may have grown longer than he or anyone else can deliver.

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