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Thursday, September 24th 2015 - 07:03 UTC

Xi arrives in the US hoping for investments and pledging cooperation

Xi's busy stop on the West Coast is the first leg of a week-long trip to the US and offers him a chance to highlight China's cooperation with U.S. companies

Seeking to warm bilateral ties and project a sunny climate for U.S. business, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed on Wednesday to cut restrictions on foreign investment, while his chief Internet regulator appeared to lay the groundwork for a basic agreement later this week on cyber warfare.

Thursday, September 24th 2015 - 06:50 UTC

Pope addresses several controversial issues in his first day in Washington

“As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families.”

Pope Francis on his first full day in the United States addressed several controversial issues when delivering two big speeches that referred to climate change, religious liberty, immigration, and abortion.

Wednesday, September 23rd 2015 - 07:31 UTC

Obama and Biden greet Francis as he begins six-day visit; he will address US congress

Obama and Vice President Biden chose to greet the papal plane before Francis departed in a hatchback Fiat

Pope Francis on Tuesday afternoon touched down at Joint Base Andrews to begin a historic six-day, three-city visit that will have political, diplomatic and spiritual ramifications. Breaking from the usual protocol for a state visit, President Obama and Vice President Biden chose to greet the papal plane before Francis departed in a hatchback Fiat to begin his tightly scheduled, carefully choreographed and highly anticipated visit.

Saturday, September 19th 2015 - 08:26 UTC

US ease restrictions on US companies seeking to make business in Cuba

“A stronger, more open US-Cuba relationship has the potential to create economic opportunities for both Americans and Cubans alike” said Jacob Lew

The United States on Friday issued regulations easing restrictions on US companies seeking to do business in Cuba and opening up travel in the latest action to weaken the trade embargo amid warming relations with the Castro brothers regime.

Friday, September 18th 2015 - 08:07 UTC

Cabañas becomes first Cuban ambassador in the US in over half a century

Cabañas was head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington starting in late 2012 and last July, he became the charge d'affaires at the embassy.

The former Chargé d'affaires at the Cuban Embassy in the United States, Jose Cabañas, on Thursday presented his diplomatic credentials as ambassador to U.S. President Barack Obama in a new step toward the normalization of bilateral relations.

Friday, September 18th 2015 - 07:52 UTC

Fed leaves rates unchanged on concerns about a weak world economy

In what amounted to a tactical retreat, the US central bank under Janet Yellen decided to delay what would have been the first rate hike in nearly a decade.

The US Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Thursday in a nod to concerns about a weak world economy, but left open the possibility of a modest policy tightening later this year. In what amounted to a tactical retreat, the US central bank said an array of global risks and other factors had convinced it to delay what would have been the first rate hike in nearly a decade.

Thursday, September 17th 2015 - 21:03 UTC

US consumer prices slipped in August helped by fuel prices and strong dollar

Federal Reserve officials who are meeting to discuss interest rates, have previously said they view low energy costs and a rising dollar as temporary.

Consumer prices in the United States fell in August as petrol prices dropped and a strong dollar curbed the cost of goods, the US Department of Labor has said. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) slipped 0.1% last month, the first decline since January. But in the 12 months to August, the CPI rose 0.2% after a similar gain in July.

Thursday, September 17th 2015 - 09:54 UTC

Ten dollar bill with Thatcher's face, proposed presidential hopeful Jeb Bush

“I would go with Ronald Reagan's partner, Margaret Thatcher” he said, noting it was “probably illegal” and unlikely to happen because she is not American.

US Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has picked the UK's former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, as his choice for the face of the $10 bill. The former Florida governor made the surprise suggestion during a televised debate for the top Republicans vying for the presidential nomination.

Tuesday, September 8th 2015 - 08:42 UTC

IMF cautions Fed on conditions when it decides to increase interest rates

“The Fed has not raised interest rates in such a long time, that it should really do it for good, not give it a try and then have to come back,” Lagarde said

The US Federal Reserve must be certain that the job market and inflation are strong enough to justify raising interest rates, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said after a G20 meeting focused on the pressure the increase might place on the global economy.

Saturday, September 5th 2015 - 07:19 UTC

Trump pledges not to run as independent candidate; tells Jeb Bush to speak in English

Trump had previously refused to rule out a third-party bid, drawing boos from the crowd in Ohio last month at the first full Republican debate.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump has bowed to pressure from the party establishment and signed a pledge not to run as an independent candidate in the November 2016 presidential election.


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