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Brazil’s President Lula da Silva ruling Workers party has been in consultations with the communications team that worked with US president Barack Obama, with the purpose of helping design its campaign for the 2010 presidential election.
United States job cuts in August reached 216,000 pushing the unemployment rate up to 9.7%, the highest since 1983, according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics. Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the US economy has shed 6.9 million jobs, the department said.
United States citizens with relatives in Cuba can send them unlimited cash and visit the island as long and often as they would like under new rules from President Barack Obama’s administration.
A report from a private researcher in United States established that August saw US employers cut the smallest number of jobs in nearly a year. ADP reports 298,000 non-government jobs were cut during August, which is considerably less than the prior month (360.000).
Federal Reserve policymakers were increasingly pleased by signs of improvement in the US economy but added that the recovery is still fragile, according to the minutes of their most recent meeting.
The new H1N1 virus appears to out-compete seasonal flu, making it less likely to mix with other circulating flu viruses into a super-bug as some had feared United States researchers said this week.
US car sales responded positively to the government's 3 billion US dollars Cash for Clunkers program, led by a 17% sales jump at Ford and higher sales from Japan auto makers Toyota and Honda. However General Motors, Chrysler and Nissan still reported lower sales.
United States faces annual trade sanctions of about 295 million US dollars for failing to scrap illegal subsidies paid to its cotton growers. However the punishment, imposed by the World Trade Organization (WTO), is far less than the 4 billion USD that Brazil, which brought the case, had wanted.
The number of bank failures in the United States reached 84 in the first four months of this year, following the collapse of three entities in California, Minnesota and Maryland, according to the latest report from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FIDC
Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of US senator Edward Kennedy, who was a political force in America for over 47 years.