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Thursday, April 30th 2015 - 01:24 UTC

Fed leaves interest rate at record low following two-day meeting

Sluggish growth figures suggest that rate rise will not occur at the Fed's June meeting. Many analysts are now eyeing September instead.

The US Federal Reserve has kept its target interest rate at a record low at the end of a two-day policy meeting in Washington, DC. The US central bank has indicated it will raise rates soon, as long as the US economy continued to grow, but the timing of the increase remains uncertain.

Tuesday, April 28th 2015 - 05:04 UTC

New York dims lights in high buildings to help birds' migration

Governor Cuomo said on Monday that bright outdoor lights will be turned off between 23:00 and dawn during peak migration seasons in spring and autumn.

The state of New York is to turn off non-essential lights in state-run buildings to help birds navigate their migratory routes in spring and autumn. Migrating birds are believed to use stars to navigate but they can be disorientated by electric lights, causing them to crash into buildings.

Tuesday, April 21st 2015 - 07:12 UTC

New York governor and a large business delegation land in Havana

Andrew Cuomo was welcomed at the José Martí International Airport by Josefina Vidal, head of the USA desk at the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo arrived in the Cuban capital on Monday heading a large delegation of business people interested in learning firsthand the Cuban reality and making contacts for future business endeavors. Cuomo was welcomed at the José Martí International Airport by Josefina Vidal, head of the USA desk at the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

Monday, April 20th 2015 - 06:57 UTC

Has the U.S. reached “peak oil” at current price levels?

If prices don't rise to offset those higher drilling costs then production will start declining

The United States Energy Information Agency once again capitulated on the myth that rig counts don't matter and the productivity of wells would largely offset, leaving the industry on a continuous path to higher output. The current consensus of 500,000 B/D additional growth in 2015 US production now appears very much at risk.

Thursday, April 16th 2015 - 22:23 UTC

Greenpeace reacts to NOAA report showing U.S. overfished stocks at all-time low

The US tuna fleet must keep to the same standards as in US waters. Tuna fisheries kill millions of sharks annually as bycatch, and some tuna populations remain in dire shape.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the 2014 Status of U.S. Fisheries report, which indicates that the number of US fish stocks listed as overfished or subject to overfishing has dropped to an all-time low since 1997, when NOAA began tracking stock status.

Wednesday, April 15th 2015 - 07:28 UTC

Cuba to be removed from terror sponsors' list, announced President Obama

Obama ordered a review of Cuba’s status in December, as he and Raul Castro agreed to move toward normal relations.(Pic EFE)

The White House announced on Tuesday that President Obama intends to remove Cuba from the US government's list of nations that sponsor terrorism, eliminating a major obstacle to the restoration of diplomatic relations after decades of hostilities. The decision to remove Cuba from the list represents a crucial step in Obama’s effort to turn the page on a Cold War-era dispute.

Tuesday, April 14th 2015 - 11:29 UTC

Cuban-American Senator Rubio launches 2016 campaign for the White House

The conservative 43-year-old first-term lawmaker, son of poor immigrants from Cuba, presented the 2016 presidential election as “a generational choice”

US Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio launched his presidential campaign at a rally on Monday in Miami, calling for a new era of American leadership that is not “stuck in the 20th century.”

Monday, April 13th 2015 - 08:48 UTC

Hillary Clinton launches presidential bid as 'champion for regular US citizens”

“Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion,” Clinton said in a video released on the internet that announced her run.

Hillary Clinton has promised to be a champion for regular US citizens as she kicked off a long-awaited second run for the White House as the commanding Democratic front runner. Clinton, who lost a bruising Democratic nominating battle to Barack Obama in 2008, was expected to travel soon to Iowa, the state that holds the kickoff nominating contest in early 2016.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 10:55 UTC

Castro and Obama make history: 'we have agreed we can disagree with respect and civility'

Castro said Cuba was willing to discuss issues such as human rights and freedom of the press, maintaining that “everything can be on the table.”

President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro sat down together on Saturday in the first formal meeting of the two country's leaders in over a half-century, pledging to reach for the kind of peaceful relationship that has eluded their nations for generations.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 08:55 UTC

Obama praised the 'new beginning' in the bilateral relation with Cuba

The political “shift” represents as well an opportunity of more investments, more trade and cultural exchange for the Caribbean nation, said Obama.

United States President Barack Obama addressed American leaders in the meeting currently taking place in the City of Panama praising the diplomatic rapprochement between Washington and Cuba which he called “a new beginning” in the bilateral relation.

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