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Tuesday, September 8th 2009 - 08:34 UTC

Obama’s “on line” strategy to promote Lula da Silva’s successor

Dilma Rousseff, a successful candidate or a “digital strategy” experiment

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.

Saturday, September 5th 2009 - 06:28 UTC

US unemployment at record 9.7%, but some signs job cuts are easing

Most losses were seen in the construction and manufacturing industries

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.

Friday, September 4th 2009 - 10:24 UTC

US lifts restrictions and allows unlimited visits to relatives in Cuba

US visitors can only spend 179 USD per person per day when visiting Cuba

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.

Thursday, September 3rd 2009 - 10:08 UTC

US loss of jobs slowing but unemployment still above 9.5%

Some of the US main metropolitan areas have unemployment rates above 15%

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).

Thursday, September 3rd 2009 - 10:06 UTC

Fed pleased with latest data but US recovery is still fragile

Ben Bernanke: Labour market and consumers still face “considerable headwinds”

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.

Thursday, September 3rd 2009 - 03:40 UTC

H1N1 virus out-competes seasonal flu but not likely to mix into “super-bug”

“The pandemic virus is more infectious, simply because it's new”, according to Dr. Daniel Perez from the University of Maryland.

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.

Wednesday, September 2nd 2009 - 07:09 UTC

Scrappage program boosts Ford, Toyota and Honda sales in the US

“Cash for clunkers” proved to be one of the fastest acting US stimulus plans

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.

Tuesday, September 1st 2009 - 05:47 UTC

WTO confirms ruling favouring Brazil in cotton dispute with US

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.

Tuesday, September 1st 2009 - 01:32 UTC

Bank failures in United States jump to 84 in eight months

FIDC “rescue” cost of the three latest failed banks is estimated in 446 million USD

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

Sunday, August 30th 2009 - 22:02 UTC

US Senator Kennedy laid to rest

Kennedy died aged 77, after battling with

Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of US senator Edward Kennedy, who was a political force in America for over 47 years.

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