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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.

Thursday, June 18th 2015 - 06:58 UTC

Fed ready for interest rate hike, but precise timing depends on jobs and inflation

“It would be wrong if we were to provide you a road map,” Fed Chair Janet Yellen said at a news conference after the statement was released.

Citing an improving economy, the Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday it is most probably on track to raise historically low interest rates as early as September, but that rates are likely to climb more gradually than it previously

Tuesday, June 16th 2015 - 05:06 UTC

Jeb Bush aims the White House presenting himself as an anti-Washington figure

“We will take Washington – the static capital of this dynamic country – out of the business of causing problems,” he said.

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush vowed to fix a dysfunctional Washington as he began his US presidential bid with an attempt to move out of the shadow of the White House legacies left by his father and brother.

Monday, June 15th 2015 - 06:29 UTC

Falkland Islands receives US support on the issue of “self determination”

“MLA Summers and Rendell have been very encouraged by the high levels of support in all areas for the Falklands and our right to self determination”.

Falkland Islands' elected lawmakers received assurances in Washington that US neutrality in the sovereign dispute with Argentina does not imply any denial of the Falkland Islanders right to self determination.

Monday, June 15th 2015 - 06:14 UTC

Strong Falklands' supporter and former US Congress member receives OBE

The OBE insignia was presented to Thomas Petri by British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott, on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Former United States Representative Thomas E. Petri was formally presented with the insignia recognizing his appointment as an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire during a ceremony June 11 at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, D.C.

Saturday, June 13th 2015 - 07:34 UTC

Democrats strike stunning blow to President Obama's free-trade agenda

Minority leader Nancy Pelosi said she would be voting “to slow down the fast track to get a better deal for the American people”

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday dealt a stunning blow to President Barack Obama’s free-trade agenda. A large number of Democrats in the House defied their fellow Democratic president to defeat a critical part of a legislative package, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which would have provided aid to US workers who might lose their jobs if a major Asia-Pacific trade agreement is forged.

Saturday, June 13th 2015 - 07:27 UTC

California orders the largest water cuts on record to help ease shortages

The state has already ordered cuts in water use by cities and towns and by many other farmers.

The state of California has ordered some of the largest water cuts on record to help ease shortages during the current drought. The move affects more than 100 senior water rights holders in the state's Delta, San Joaquin and Sacramento regions, including water districts that serve thousands of farmers and others.

Saturday, June 13th 2015 - 07:04 UTC

Interpol suspends $29m agreement with FIFA to fight illegal betting and match-fixing

 “While Interpol is still committed to developing our Integrity in Sport program, I have decided to suspend the agreement” said Interpol's Jürgen Stock

Interpol has suspended its $29 million agreement to fight illegal betting and match-fixing amid the bribery allegations engulfing world football’s governing body. The 10-year deal was struck in May 2011 and under the agreement, Interpol was to have received 4 million Euros in each of the first two years, followed by 1.5 million Euros in each of the following eight.

Wednesday, June 10th 2015 - 06:44 UTC

“Football is a game, but is also a massive business” and people want it to operate with integrity

“The United States … we want to make sure that a sport that’s gaining popularity is conducted in an upright manner” said President Obama

President Barack Obama weighed in on the deepening corruption scandal involving world soccer's governing body, saying it was essential that the sport's integrity be ensured.

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