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Monday, June 29th 2015 - 20:25 UTC

Strangling Falklands' hydrocarbons industry is 'unacceptable' with dangerous implications for global business

“We have been absolutely clear that Argentine domestic law does not apply in the Falkland Islands nor in the waters that surround them”

The government of Argentina's campaign to strangle the Falkland Islands hydrocarbons industry is 'unacceptable' and taking action against British and international oil and gas companies has dangerous implications for global business, warned Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire on Monday reacting to an Argentine federal court ordering the seizure of UK and US assets involved in Falklands' operations.

Monday, June 29th 2015 - 06:08 UTC

Loathed at home, Dilma Rousseff tries to rebuild image among US investors

Rousseff, who arrived Saturday, kicked off her US visit by meeting Sunday in New York with a group of about 20 Brazilian business leaders.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff met Sunday with investors in New York on the first day of a long-delayed US visit aimed at overcoming strains caused by the NSA spying scandal. Revelations two years ago that the US National Security Agency electronically eavesdropped on Rousseff's email and other communications prompted her to angrily call off an official visit to Washington that had been set for October 2013.

Friday, June 26th 2015 - 06:25 UTC

Obama given authority to conclude trade agreements and US workers financial aid for possible job loss

The worker assistance bill includes a tax credit that will allow thousands of Delphi salary retirees not yet eligible for Medicare to buy health insurance.

The United States House of Representatives concluded a tumultuous three-week debate Thursday on trade when Democrats reversed themselves and approved a bill designed to provide financial help to US workers who can show they lost their job because of international trade.

Sunday, June 21st 2015 - 14:27 UTC

US gives food manufacturers until 2018 to remove artificial 'trans' fats

“FDA’s action on this major source of artificial trans fat shows the agency’s commitment to the heart health of all Americans” said Stephen Ostroff, M.D.

Based on a thorough review of the scientific evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial 'trans' fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” or GRAS for use in human food. Food manufacturers will have three years to remove PHOs from products, said FDA.

Saturday, June 20th 2015 - 08:59 UTC

US Lower House approves controversial trade bill: Senate next hurdle

Obama is a step closer to passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a deal between  US and 11 other nations to remove or reduce barriers to trade and foreign investment.

The United States House of Representatives approved a controversial trade bill backed by President Obama, just a week after Democrats voted it down. The bill gives the president the right to negotiate global trade deals, with Congress only able to approve or reject a deal but not change it.

Saturday, June 20th 2015 - 00:24 UTC

Obama and Democrats support Pope's climate message, but Republicans dissented

 “We have a profound responsibility to protect our children, and our children's children, from the damaging impacts of climate change,” Obama said.

The Obama administration and congressional Democrats welcomed Pope Francis' call for sweeping action against climate change Thursday, but the pontiff's message was swiftly dismissed by GOP lawmakers.

Thursday, June 18th 2015 - 06:58 UTC

Fed ready for interest rate hike, but precise timing depends on jobs and inflation

“It would be wrong if we were to provide you a road map,” Fed Chair Janet Yellen said at a news conference after the statement was released.

Citing an improving economy, the Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday it is most probably on track to raise historically low interest rates as early as September, but that rates are likely to climb more gradually than it previously

Tuesday, June 16th 2015 - 05:06 UTC

Jeb Bush aims the White House presenting himself as an anti-Washington figure

“We will take Washington – the static capital of this dynamic country – out of the business of causing problems,” he said.

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush vowed to fix a dysfunctional Washington as he began his US presidential bid with an attempt to move out of the shadow of the White House legacies left by his father and brother.

Monday, June 15th 2015 - 06:29 UTC

Falkland Islands receives US support on the issue of “self determination”

“MLA Summers and Rendell have been very encouraged by the high levels of support in all areas for the Falklands and our right to self determination”.

Falkland Islands' elected lawmakers received assurances in Washington that US neutrality in the sovereign dispute with Argentina does not imply any denial of the Falkland Islanders right to self determination.

Monday, June 15th 2015 - 06:14 UTC

Strong Falklands' supporter and former US Congress member receives OBE

The OBE insignia was presented to Thomas Petri by British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott, on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Former United States Representative Thomas E. Petri was formally presented with the insignia recognizing his appointment as an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire during a ceremony June 11 at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, D.C.

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