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Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 03:51 UTC

US and Cuba ready to announce embassies opening in Havana and Washington

The White House announced that Obama would deliver a statement, presumably the formal announcement, in the Rose Garden on Wednesday.

President Obama will announce on Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have reached an agreement to open embassies in Havana and Washington, an administration official has confirmed. The announcement marks a major step in ending hostilities between the longtime foes and an opportunity to re-establish formal diplomatic relations and apparently will be simultaneous from Havana.

Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 03:26 UTC

Brazil celebrates the opening of the US market for its fresh beef

Brazil expects to export 100,000 tons of beef to the US in the next five years. Abreu said the decision is like “getting a pass code” to access other markets.

U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced Monday that it is amending its regulations to allow imports of fresh (chilled or frozen) beef from (Argentina) and 14 states in Brazil. It's “the first step in a process for these regions to gain access to the U.S. market for beef”, the APHIS said in a statement.

Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 02:57 UTC

US opens its market to Argentine fresh beef imports; lemons still pending

“This is the favorable and successful result of an arduous fight in international relationships and technical and agricultural questions,” Kicillof said

Argentina announced that the United States APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) has allowed fresh beef imports from Argentina, lifting a 15-year ban which Buenos Aires had always considered 'unjustified' and bluntly 'protectionist' and as such had claimed before the WTO. In the same vein Argentina also anticipated it expected a similar decision from the US regarding Argentine lemons.

Tuesday, June 30th 2015 - 06:27 UTC

“You're fired!” NBC tells Donald Trump's and Mexicans-hate campaign

“Mr. Trump stands by his statements on illegal immigration, which are accurate. NBC is trying to be politically correct”, said Trump Organization

NBC has ended its relationship with real estate developer and TV personality Donald Trump and his “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” pageants after he made comments insulting Mexicans when he began his run for president. The pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC-Universal and Trump, would no longer air on NBC “due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants” the company said in a press release.

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.

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