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United States
Saturday, December 6th 2014 - 08:26 UTC

More jobs for the US economy in November: 241.000 a month this year

US employers have added at least 200,000 jobs for 10 months in a row, the longest period of jobs growth since 1995

The US economy added 321,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate stayed at 5.8%, official Labor Department figures showed on Friday. The number of jobs created was well above analysts' forecasts of about 225,000 new jobs in the month.

Saturday, December 6th 2014 - 08:21 UTC

New York appeals court rejects “legal personhood” to chimpanzees

“This is just the first appellate decision in a long-term strategic campaign” to win rights for chimps and other intelligent animals, said attorney Wise.

In the first case of its kind, a New York appeals court has rejected an animal rights advocate's bid to extend “legal personhood” to chimpanzees, saying the primates are incapable of bearing the responsibilities that come with having legal rights.

Saturday, December 6th 2014 - 04:36 UTC

Obama makes official nomination of Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

Carter's views have not always meshed perfectly with the Obama administration, for example regarding Iraq

President Barack Obama on Friday named Ashton Carter, a highly regarded technocrat, to lead the Pentagon as the US military embarks on the latest phase in its 13-year war against Islamic extremists.

Saturday, December 6th 2014 - 04:24 UTC

UN human rights experts bash US courts on latest racial killings

”...a pattern of impunity when the victims of excessive use of force come from African-American or other minority communities,” said Rita Izsák.

A group of United Nations human rights experts said on Friday that they had “legitimate concerns” over decisions to not charge the white officers who killed two unarmed black men in separate incidents, and they also called for a review of policing in the United States.

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014 - 07:36 UTC

Finally Argentina will have a US ambassador: he never visited the country or speaks Spanish

Noah Mamet, a bundler, is a consultant and was confirmed in a vote of 50 to 43 nays, despite sharp criticism by Republicans

The United States Senate confirmed soap opera producer Colleen Bell to be the next U.S. ambassador to Hungary and political consultant Noah Mamet to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Argentina on Tuesday. Neither of the two newly-confirmed Ambassadors are career diplomats, but both raised millions for President Obama's Presidential campaigns.

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014 - 05:02 UTC

US wants to continue with president-elect Vazquez the “vibrant relationship” developed with Mujica

“We are grateful for the vibrant relationship we have had with Uruguay under the leadership of President Mujica”, said Kerry's message

Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated on Monday Uruguayan president-elect Tabare Vazquez on his Sunday victory, and said that the US looks forward to working with the new administration and to continue advancing with the “vibrant relationship we have had” under the leadership of President Jose Mujica.

Monday, December 1st 2014 - 08:19 UTC

Slow planting season cuts soybean production prospects for Brazil

The US Department of Agriculture bureau in Brasilia pegged the Brazilian soybean crop, the world's second biggest after that of the US, at 92.0m tons.

US officials joined market analysts cutting Brazilian soybean production prospects thanks to a slow planting season, but maintained expectations of a, small, rise in exports to a record high.

Thursday, November 27th 2014 - 07:15 UTC

Racial relations becomes political debate in the US following the Ferguson trial and verdict

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has deployed about 2,200 National Guard troops in and around Ferguson

More National Guard troops and police have been sent to Ferguson, Missouri to head off a third night of violence, as over 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in unrest after a white policeman was cleared in the killing of an unarmed black teenager.

Wednesday, November 26th 2014 - 09:56 UTC

US economy stronger and growing sturdier than most forecasts

US has seen its strongest two consecutive quarters of growth for a decade. Consumer spending was the biggest driver of the raised expansion estimate.

The US economy grew much faster in the third quarter than first reported, official figures have shown. It expanded at an annual zed rate of 3.9% between July and September, up from the 3.5% first estimated by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Wednesday, November 26th 2014 - 06:48 UTC

Follow the sand to the real fracking boom

This all puts frac sand in the drivers’ seat of the next phase of the American oil boom, and it has already seen its price increase up to 20% over the past year

When it takes up to four million pounds of sand to frack a single well, it’s no wonder that demand is outpacing supply and frack sand producers are becoming the biggest behind-the-scenes beneficiaries of the American oil and gas boom.

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