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Bolivian President Evo Morales delivered a blunt reply on Monday to visiting US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates's warning about dealings with Iran, saying Bolivia will ally with whomever it wants.
European Union leaders and President Barack Obama over the weekend made a point of stressing EU/US close ties after a low-key summit in Lisbon ended with a pledge to push for a deal in the Doha trade negotiation next year.
The United States Department of Commerce says the number of international visitors to the country is rising fast.
The United States central bank chairman Ben Bernanke has criticised countries like China that run large trade surpluses. He said that by buying dollars, these countries were hurting the US recovery and the global economy with it.
Inflation in the US slowed further in October, with core inflation - which excludes volatile food and fuel prices - up only 0.6% on a year ago. It is the lowest year-on-year increase on record, with core prices remaining unchanged for three months running.
The “dangerous behaviour” of the presidents of Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Ecuador shows “an undeniable link between the decline of democratic freedoms and human rights and the increase of tangible risks to the security of our region,” said US Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl), a Cuban-American lawmaker.
The Argentine government admitted that a confidential communication channel with the US on financial operations was interrupted mid 2009 following Washington’s suspicions that data sent to Buenos Aires was used for political purposes.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the Euro is the glue that holds Europe together, signalling that an Irish bailout may be the price of preserving European unity.
A New York City penthouse at 15 Central Park West sold to a mystery buyer for 40 million US dollars, representing the highest-priced residential real estate in the city at a record of 10,259 US dollars a square foot.
Following is a text of a letter from President Barack Obama to G20 leaders due to meet in Seoul from tomorrow. The letter was sent on Tuesday.