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Friday, March 28th 2014 - 06:15 UTC

Obama praises Francis and invites him to the US; Vatican points out some differences

The private meeting lasted 52 minutes

President Barack Obama and Pope Francis focused publicly on their mutual respect and shared concern for the poor on Thursday during their meeting in the Vatican, but the lengthy private discussion also highlighted the deep differences between the White House and the Catholic Church on abortion and birth control.

Wednesday, March 26th 2014 - 05:33 UTC

Country and organizations support for Argentina's litigation with hedge funds increases

The US Supreme Court could make Argentina's a lead case

Argentina underlined the support from Brazil, France, Mexico, (even the IMF), among other institutions in the country's long exhausting litigation with hedge funds, an issue which is “crucial for Argentina and the whole international financial system”.

Friday, March 21st 2014 - 06:09 UTC

US and Paraguay to collaborate in combating organized crime

President Cartes and Roberta Jacobson

United States Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson said Washington is considering increasing cooperation with Paraguay in combating trans-national crime, particularly Brazilian organizations involved in durgs and arms trafficking.

Friday, March 21st 2014 - 01:20 UTC

Mujica confirms Uruguay will accept Guantanamo prisoners as 'refugees'

The Uruguayan president made the revelation on Thursday

President Jose Mujica confirmed that Uruguay has agreed with the United States to accept some prisoners held in the much-criticized detention center at the US military base of Guantanamo Bay, but he also cautioned that “everything has a bill”.

Thursday, March 20th 2014 - 03:26 UTC

US Fed hints interest rates could start to rise in early 2015 as jobs picture improves

It was Janet Yellen first FOMC statement since taking over as Fed chairperson

The US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen hinted on Wednesday that interest rates in the US could start to rise in early 2015, that is six months after it halts its monthly bond-buying program. Ms Yellen made the remarks after the Fed said it will scale back bond purchases by a further 10bn dollars per month.

Wednesday, March 19th 2014 - 06:50 UTC

End of privacy: US NSA can record all phone calls and play them back

The voice interception program is known as MYSTIC and the “retrospective retrieval” capability, RETRO

The US National Security Agency has created a surveillance system that is recording all the phone calls in an undisclosed foreign country, allowing it to play back any conversation up to 30 days later, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

Friday, March 14th 2014 - 08:42 UTC

US will not side with Argentina in its dispute with hedge funds, says Kerry

Secretary of State in Congress answered a specific question on Argentina and its litigations

US Secretary of State, John Kerry has rejected the possibility that the Barack Obama administration would side with Argentina in the long-standing dispute with hedge funds over the defaulted bonds from the 2001/2 meltdown. Still the US official praised what he considered some “positive steps” by the Cristina Fernandez government.

Thursday, March 13th 2014 - 23:25 UTC

Colorado state collects 2 million dollars from legal marijuana in January

Sales were estimated at 14 million dollars from 59 marijuana firms

US state of Colorado collected 2 million dollars in taxes from newly legalized recreational marijuana businesses in January. Colorado became the first US state to legalize the commercial sale of cannabis in 2012, and stores opened for business on 1 January 2014.

Thursday, March 13th 2014 - 22:38 UTC

Pope Francis invited to address a joint session of the US congress

Francis is expected in Philadelphia September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families

United States House Speaker John Boehner invited Pope Francis to address a joint session of Congress - an unprecedented event - during an expected visit to the United States next year. Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill have quickly sought to invoke the popular pontiff's devotion to the poor.

Saturday, March 8th 2014 - 06:53 UTC

US Vice-president Biden expected to address Venezuelan situation while in Chile

Biden is expected to meet with several leaders during his visit

US Vice President Joe Biden will hold talks with Latin American leaders about protest-hit Venezuela during his trip to Chile from Sunday for the inauguration of President Michelle Bachelet scheduled for Tuesday and which is expected to convene regional leaders.

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