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Monday, March 16th 2015 - 10:08 UTC

Unasur calls on the US to revoke measures against Venezuela and implement dialogue

The group said the signing of an executive order by President Obama labeling Caracas as an extraordinary threat to national security was actually a threat to Venezuela’s sovereignty.

The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) slammed the United States for its decision to label Venezuela as a security threat and impose sanctions against a number of its officials, calling on Washington to revoke the measure.

Sunday, March 15th 2015 - 01:10 UTC

US ambassador in Argentina received by cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez

Fernandez and Mamet shake hands during the ‘protocol’ meeting at Government House, Casa Rosada

Argentina’s Cabinet Chief Anibal Fernández received United States ambassador to Argentina Noah Mamet in his Casa Rosada office. Apparently the meeting was strictly protocol, and no details of the agenda were supplies to the media.

Friday, March 13th 2015 - 13:06 UTC

Santander and Deutsche banks fail a US Fed Reserve “stress test”

Another institution, Bank of America, has been asked to revise its financial plans due to “certain weaknesses”. A further 28 banks passed the tests.

Spain's Santander and Deutsche Bank have failed a US “stress test” designed to assess whether lenders can withstand another financial crisis. The review, carried out by the Federal Reserve, gauges whether the biggest banks operating in the US have the “ability to lend to households and businesses even in times of stress”.

Friday, March 13th 2015 - 10:51 UTC

New York Times warns Obama's strategy towards Venezuela could be failing

The step could end up backfiring if President Maduro is able to use it to bolster his bogus contention that the United States is trying oust him through a coup.

In an editorial piece, “A failing relationship with Venezuela”, The New York Times expressed doubts about the latest measures imposed by the Obama administration on seven top officials from the Venezuelan government and goes even further questioning whether they will not end actually reinforcing President Nicolas Maduro position.

Wednesday, March 11th 2015 - 06:54 UTC

Unasur to hold a presidential summit on the Venezuela/US confrontation

Ecuadorean president Correa said foreign ministers will meet in Montevideo to prepare the presidential summit

Unasur (Union of South American Nations) presidents will meet next week to respond to the “grotesque and illegal” meddling of the United States in Venezuelan affairs announced Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa.

Wednesday, March 11th 2015 - 06:39 UTC

Maduro asks the Assembly for expanded powers to fight 'imperialism'

“We'll be able to prepare ourselves economically, financially and commercially for whatever kind of blockade the U.S. surely has planned,” said Maduro.

President Nicolas Maduro responded to new U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan officials by asking legislators Tuesday to give him expanded powers in the name of fighting imperialism. Government critics called it a power grab.

Tuesday, March 10th 2015 - 08:07 UTC

US confirms sanctions against seven top officials from Maduro's regime

Manuel Bernal Martínez, Justo Noguera Pietri, Gustavo González López, Antonio Benavides Torres, Miguel  Vivas Landino and Manuel Pérez Urdaneta

United States President Obama on Monday issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela.

Saturday, March 7th 2015 - 08:29 UTC

US economy keeps creating jobs, while unemployment drops to 5.5%

In February, average hourly earnings for all employees on private non-farm payrolls rose by 3 cents to $24.78, with earnings up by 2% over the year.

US economy added 295,000 jobs in February, while the unemployment rate fell to 5.5% from 5.7%, according to Labor Department figures. It was the 12th month running that the economy added more than 200,000 jobs, the longest such run since 1994.

Saturday, March 7th 2015 - 07:27 UTC

Ambassador Mamet impressed by Argentina and “profoundly optimistic” about relations with US

“Each of these meetings has caused me a profound optimism about the future both of Argentina and our bilateral relation”, said ambassador Mamet

US ambassador to Argentina Noah Mamet expressed his “profound optimism” about ties between Washington and Buenos Aires, saying he has been left “impressed” by the people he has had the opportunity to meet here so far.

Tuesday, March 3rd 2015 - 23:08 UTC

The entire Great Lakes almost completely covered with ice

According to NOAA data, the Great Lakes ice coverage is up over 3%. This time last year, there was 85.4% coverage

The entire Great Lakes, shared by Canada and the United States is at 88.8% ice coverage, with the highest totals coming from Lake Huron and Lake Erie at about 96% ice coverage according to Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, part of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA.

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