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Saturday, July 31st 2010 - 05:35 UTC

US second quarter growth down to an annual 2.4%, from a previous 3.7%

White House economic advisor Christine Romer

United States economic growth slowed between April and June, with GDP growing by an annualised rate of 2.4%, the US Commerce Department announced Friday. This compares with an annual rate of 3.7% in the previous quarter.

Thursday, July 29th 2010 - 05:37 UTC

U.S. Judge blocks key parts of Arizona’s controversial immigration law

A US federal judge in Arizona has blocked key parts of the state's strict immigration law a day before it was due to take effect. The judge blocked a requirement that police check the immigration status of criminal suspects whom they had stopped while enforcing other laws.

Thursday, July 29th 2010 - 02:37 UTC

US reverses decision and extends visa to leading Colombian journalist

Hollman Morris was previously barred under the US Patriotic Act

The United States State Department has reversed its decision to deny a visa to a leading Colombian journalist to take up a prestigious fellowship position.

Tuesday, July 27th 2010 - 02:48 UTC

US District Judge rules in favor of Argentina against ‘vulture funds’

Judge Griesa said bonds are in Argentina and he has no jurisdiction

Argentina won a court decision that keeps so-called vulture funds with demands against the country from gaining possession of bonds held in a Buenos Aires government trust account.

Tuesday, July 27th 2010 - 02:35 UTC

Barack administration breaks deporting records: 400.000 in 2010

John Morton, head of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The administration of President Barack Obama is deporting undocumented immigrants in unprecedented numbers and has intensified inspections in hundreds of companies that appealed to “illegal cheap labour”, according to The Washington Post.

Friday, July 23rd 2010 - 22:44 UTC

US economy faces “strong headwinds” and fiscal challenge, says Obama

Obama mentioned a weak housing market and doubts about Europe’s recovery

Obama administration warned the US economy had encountered “strong headwinds” and the country's fiscal challenge remained grave, but it lowered an estimate for the budget deficit this year.

Friday, July 23rd 2010 - 03:36 UTC

Fearing US ‘double-dip’ recession Fed commits making credit easier

Ben Bernanke before the Lower House Financial Services Committee

The United States Federal Reserve will try to push borrowing costs even lower if the job market continues to languish, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said, offering his clearest blueprint yet for possible additional monetary easing.

Thursday, July 22nd 2010 - 09:22 UTC

Eleven countries condemn Arizona’s controversial immigration law

Mexico's Senate President Carlos Navarrete

Eleven countries mostly from Latinamerica on Wednesday signed a declaration condemning the US state of Arizona's controversial immigration law, describing it as “racist and xenophobic.”

Thursday, July 22nd 2010 - 09:10 UTC

Outlook of US economy remains “unusually uncertain” says Bernanke

Fed chairman testifying before the Senate

US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke has warned that the outlook for the US economy remains “unusually uncertain”. In testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, Mr Bernanke said record low interest rates would still be needed to support economic recovery.

Wednesday, July 21st 2010 - 05:45 UTC

Obama orders National Guard troops deployed along US/Mexico border

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer sponsored a controversial bill

United States National Guard troops will begin deploying along the US-Mexico border from 1 August, officials say. The 1,200 troops, ordered to the border by President Barack Obama, form part of efforts to tackle illegal immigration and drug-trafficking.They will be in the four border states with Arizona getting the largest share.

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