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Wednesday, December 23rd 2009 - 15:10 UTC

US expands slower than expected but fourth quarter should see 4% growth

Economist Martin Neil Baily at the Brookings Institution

The latest economic data shows the US economy grew more slowly than first thought. US Commerce Department reports that GDP expanded at a 2.2% annual rate from July to September, down from an earlier estimate of 2.8%.

Sunday, December 20th 2009 - 09:06 UTC

Sejong Soloists, one of the top ensembles nowadays, plans Latinamerican tour

With Vladimir Feltsman at Carnegie Hall

Sejong Soloists, named after the 15th-century arts advocate Korean Emperor Sejong the Great, and hailed by CNN as one of the top ensembles of today, and having previously performed in New York City's venues at The Julliard School and Carnegie Hall, premiered their Tenth Annual Gala in New York's newly renovated Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center.

Saturday, December 19th 2009 - 07:54 UTC

“Legal insecurity” becomes top issue of Argentina’s political agenda

The Kirchner administration seems to have over reacted to Valenzuela’s remarks

Top United States official remarks about the lack of “legal security” in Argentina echoed in Copenhagen’s climate conference where Foreign Secretary Jorge Taiana approached Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to about these “unfortunate statements”.

Friday, December 18th 2009 - 12:01 UTC

President Obama envoy met with Mujica and today visits Paraguay

Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela on a familiarization tour of Mercosur members

Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo A. Valenzuela visited Uruguay on Thursday where he met with president elect Jose Mujica and Vice-president Danilo Astori.

Friday, December 18th 2009 - 11:53 UTC

Fed chairman Bernanke’s reconfirmation is almost a fact

Time magazine has named him the person of the year.

Ben Bernanke's nomination to a second term as head of the US Federal Reserve has been approved by a Senate panel. Members of the Senate Banking Committee voted on Thursday 16 to seven to back Mr Bernanke as head of the central bank.

Thursday, December 17th 2009 - 05:56 UTC

Fed confirms most special liquidity facilities to expire by February 2010

Inflation is expected “to remain subdued for some time”

The Federal Reserve has decided to keep US interest rates on hold at between 0% and 0.25%, --as had been widely expected--, and anticipated that most of the special liquidity facilities will expire on February 1, 2010.

Monday, December 14th 2009 - 12:55 UTC

US priority: job creation over major fiscal consolidation

White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Christina Romer

Reducing the United States budget deficit at the expense of creating jobs in a still-struggling economy would be “suicide,” a top White House adviser says.

Monday, December 14th 2009 - 11:50 UTC

Brazil “minimizes” visit of top envoy from the Obama administration

Valenzuela will have a tough week in his first visit to South America since nomination

Brazil and Bolivia reacted strongly to the US message to Latinamerica about “flirting” with the Iran regime. Brazil is “minimizing” the Monday visit of a top US Department official and Bolivia said that it is sovereign and practices a “dialogue culture” with all countries.

Monday, December 14th 2009 - 08:52 UTC

US Congress facilitates sales of farm goods to Cuba

The decision had strong approval from farm states among which Max Baucus from Montana

The United States Senate approved a provision on Sunday to facilitate cash sales of US farm goods to Cuba, overturning restrictions by former President George W. Bush's administration, a senator said.

Saturday, December 12th 2009 - 07:45 UTC

US warns Latinamerica ing about “flirting” with the Iran regime

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently visited Brazil, Venezuela and Bolivia

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday urged Latin American countries to “think twice” about establishing links with Iran, which she said is the world's leading promoter and exporter of terrorism. Clinton also expressed concern about democratically-elected leaders in Latin America who later move to undermine democratic institutions.

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