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Wednesday, June 3rd 2015 - 08:07 UTC

Obama signs bill that limits phone data collection by government

The bill, which replaces the Patriot Act, had been backed by President Barack Obama as a necessary tool to fight terrorism.

The US Senate has voted to limit the government's ability to collect phone data, a policy that had been in place since the attacks of 11 September 2001. The USA Freedom Act extends the government's ability to collect large amounts of data, but with restrictions.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015 - 05:39 UTC

Jacobson nominated as new ambassador to Mexico, announced the White House

Jacobson will replace Anthony Wayne, who has been the U.S. envoy since 2011, if she is confirmed by the Senate

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday announced his intention to nominate Roberta Jacobson, the assistant secretary of state for Latin America and the chief U.S. negotiator at the talks to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba, as the new ambassador to Mexico, the White House announced in a communiqué.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015 - 05:32 UTC

Argentina states 'lack of confidence' in mediator Pollack named by Judge Griesa

“It is impossible to hold negotiations right now due to the plaintiffs' persistence in carrying out actions which harm the Republic” said the letter signed by Boccuzzi

The Argentine government has turned down a plea from mediator Daniel Pollack to return to the negotiating table with holdout investors, with the Economy Ministry considering that talks with the speculative funds, so-called 'vulture funds', would be inappropriate given the behavior of the litigants.

Monday, June 1st 2015 - 06:50 UTC

US economy shrinks 0.7% in first quarter; harsh winter partly to blame

The previous calculation underestimated the rise in the volume of imported goods and overestimated capital investment by companies

The US economy shrank 0.7% in the first three months of 2015, compared to the same period last year. The Bureau of Economic Analysis significantly revised down its earlier economic growth estimate of 0.2%.

Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 09:27 UTC

FIFA case: US investigator 'fairly confident' of another round of indictments

“I'm fairly confident that we will have another round of indictments,” Weber told the NY Times on Friday.

Richard Weber, the United States Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) leader of criminal investigations, told The New York Times he was fairly confident that there would be another round of indictments, following on the 14 FIFA officials accused of racketeering and accepting $150 million in bribes to rig marketing contracts and the selection of the host country for the 2010 World Cup.

Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 08:51 UTC

US and Germany disagree about a world economy 'possible accident' if Greece collapses

”There is great uncertainty in (the Greek situation) at a time when the world needs greater stability and certainty,” Lew told reporters after the G7 meetings. (Pic Reuters)

The United States warned on Friday of a possible accident for the world economy if Greece and its creditors miss their June deadlines to avert a debt default. Germany said there was no sign of a breakthrough. The ongoing debate is taking place in Dresden, Germany in the framework of G7 Finance ministers and central bank chiefs meeting.

Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 01:39 UTC

Interpol after Argentine promoters linked to FIFA corruption case

Judge Martínez de Giorgi issued arrest warrants after prosecutor Delgado filed three writs arguing that the accused should not be exempt from arrest.

Argentine judge Marcelo Martínez de Giorgi has approved the arrest of three Argentine business leaders named in a corruption scandal engulfing world football and facing US extradition requests, though he acknowledged he did not know if they were in the country. The businessmen were considered fugitives from justice on Thursday after Interpol was unable to locate them at their residences.

Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 00:48 UTC

One step closer: US drops Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism

On April 8, 2015, Kerry completed the review and recommended President Obama that Cuba no longer be designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.

The United States on Friday formally dropped Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, the US State Department said in a statement. The removal of Cuba from the US terrorism list eliminates an obstacle toward restoring diplomatic ties between the United States and the communist-led Caribbean island state after 54 years.

Thursday, May 28th 2015 - 05:40 UTC

US formalizes extradition request of three Argentines allegedly involved in FIFA investigation

Even when no names were mentioned the FIFA corruption case has three Argentines involved, Alejandro Burzaco, Hugo and Mariano Jinkis.

Argentina's foreign ministry confirmed late Wednesday that United States had officially requested the extradition of three Argentine citizens allegedly involved in the US Justice Department investigation into FIFA corrupt dealings.

Wednesday, May 27th 2015 - 05:39 UTC

US Senators propose construction of six new heavy-duty icebreakers for Arctic activities

“As an Arctic nation, America must be a global leader towards an Arctic future as this dynamic region opens up to new opportunities”, said Senator Murkowski

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski introduced this month the bipartisan Icebreaker Recapitalization Act with Washington Senator Maria Cantwell that would authorize the U.S. Navy to construct up to 6 heavy icebreakers. The new icebreakers would be designed and operated by the Coast Guard, since under US law it is the sole service responsible for icebreaking missions.


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