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  • Saturday, March 18th 2017 - 10:38 UTC

    Trump refuses to shake hands with Merkel after meeting in the White House

    Though Trump greeted her with a handshake at the White House on Friday, Trump seemingly ignored photographers’ request to the two to shake hands.

    A video showing US president Donald Trump refusing to shake hands with German chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint appearance in the White House is making rounds on the internet, reminding everyone that the US president will never learn.

  • Thursday, March 16th 2017 - 12:06 UTC

    Fed raises interest rate by a quarter of a point: second time in three months

    “We have seen the economy progress over the last several months in exactly the way we anticipated,” Yellen reaffirming confidence in the path the economy is on

    U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday for the second time in three months, a move spurred by steady economic growth, strong job gains and confidence that inflation is rising to the central bank's target. The decision to lift the target overnight interest rate by 25 basis points to a range of 0.75% to 1.0% marked a convincing step in the Fed's effort to return monetary policy to a more normal footing.

  • Wednesday, March 15th 2017 - 07:56 UTC

    Two US airlines cancel flights to Cuba: excess of capacity

    Airline Frontier is canceling its Miami-Havana route starting next June 4 due to unforeseen high costs, and also because of the low demand.

    On Monday, two US airlines announced that they have plans to cancel their flights to Cuba, one of which is Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways, whose representatives said they had made the “difficult but necessary” decision to cancel its services to Cuba from April 22.

  • Wednesday, March 15th 2017 - 07:12 UTC

    Trump furious: media leak shows he paid US$ 38m in tax on income of US$ 150m in 2005

    Mr. Trump refused to release his tax returns during the election campaign, breaking with a long-held tradition.

    US President Donald Trump paid US$38m in tax on more than US$150m income in 2005, a leaked tax return shows. Two pages of the tax return were revealed by US TV network MSNBC, triggering an angry response from the White House, arguing that publishing the tax return was illegal.

  • Tuesday, March 14th 2017 - 21:23 UTC

    Mexico practices direct diplomacy with the Trump family at the White House

    Videgaray met Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner, along with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Gary Cohn, a top financial aid

    Mexico's top diplomat was in Washington last week for meetings with the U.S. government, sidestepping the normal channels and heading straight for the White House. Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray met at the White House with President Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner, along with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Gary Cohn, a top financial aid, the Mexican government announced.

  • Monday, March 13th 2017 - 18:41 UTC

    Four states challenge Trump's second travel ban

      Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said his office will file a motion asking Robart to reaffirm that the order applies to the new version of the travel ban

    Attorneys general in four states from the United States announced that they will try to block the Trump administration's revised executive order on travel in court, pushing for the temporary restraining order that halted the first order to remain intact.

  • Monday, March 13th 2017 - 18:34 UTC

    Repsol announces largest onshore oil discovery in the US in three decades

    Repsol has been actively exploring in Alaska since 2008 and finally hit a big one. The find came after drilling two wells with its partner, Armstrong Oil & Gas.

    Spanish oil firm Repsol SA has announced the largest onshore oil discovery in the U.S. in three decades, a 1.2 billion barrel find on Alaska’s North Slope. Repsol has been actively exploring in Alaska since 2008 and finally hit a big one. The find came after drilling two wells with its partner, Armstrong Oil & Gas.

  • Monday, March 13th 2017 - 14:40 UTC

    Federal Reserve expected to raise interest rate on Wednesday

    US economy added a better-than-expected 235,000 non-farm payrolls last month to drag down unemployment to 4.7%, around the Fed's estimate of full-employment.

    Robust hiring by United States employers in President Donald Trump's first full month in power, along with rising wages, have economists tipping a faster-than-anticipated cycle of interest rate increases by the US Federal Reserve, beginning this week.

  • Friday, March 10th 2017 - 07:53 UTC

    States' legal challenges to Trump's revised travel ban keep mounting

    Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said New York state also asked to join his state's legal effort.

    Legal challenges against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban mounted Thursday as Washington State said it would renew its request to block the executive order and a judge granted Oregon's request to join the case.

  • Thursday, March 9th 2017 - 23:27 UTC

    US employment balloons during February with strong impact on construction and manufacturing

    Employment in the private sector surged by 298,000 for the month, with goods producers adding 106,000, construction 66,000 and manufacturing added 32,000.

    United States companies added jobs at a great pace in February, with a notable shift away from the service-sector positions that have dominated hiring for years, according to a report released this week. Employment in the private sector surged by 298,000 for the month, with goods producers adding 106,000, ADP and Moody's Analytics said. Construction jobs swelled by 66,000 and manufacturing added 32,000.