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United States

  • Thursday, February 1st 2018 - 20:27 UTC

    Yellen steps down leaving Fed rates unchanged and the US economy growing at “solid rate”

    The announcement brought down the curtain on Janet Yellen's four-year tenure as the Fed's chairwoman. She will step down on Saturday at the end of her term.

    The United States Federal Reserve said on Wednesday that it was still trying to stimulate faster economic growth as one of the longest expansions in American history neared the end of its ninth year. The Fed said after a two-day meeting of its policymaking committee that it was leaving its benchmark interest rate unchanged in a range of 1.25% to 1.5%, a relatively low level that the Fed said would help support continued job growth and stronger inflation.

  • Tuesday, January 30th 2018 - 10:06 UTC

    FBI's No 2 steps down; Trump publicly criticized him of political bias

    White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump ”stands by his previous comments” about McCabe

    Andrew McCabe, the FBI's No. 2 official whom President Donald Trump publicly criticized for alleged political bias and reportedly wanted fired, stepped down from the bureau Monday, weeks ahead of his retirement. The move followed months of blistering criticism by Trump and his Republican allies that McCabe, 49, was an anti-Trump partisan. Recent reports said McCabe had been pressured to leave the bureau.

  • Saturday, January 27th 2018 - 09:39 UTC

    Trump tells Davos forum “America First”, but it does not mean America alone

    “There has never been a better time to hire, to build, to invest and to grow in the United States, America is open for business and we are competitive once again.”

    President Trump declared America “open for business” in a speech on Friday to global to political and business elites in Davos, Switzerland, while taking a hard line on trade and vowing to make commerce with other countries “fair and reciprocal.”

  • Saturday, January 27th 2018 - 09:17 UTC

    US economic growth in the fourth quarter slows to 2.6%, and 2.3% for 2017

    A surge in imports was blamed for the slowdown, which meant growth for 2017 was 2.3%, better than the 1.5% posted in 2016, but below Trump's 3% target

    US economic growth slowed unexpectedly to an annualised rate of 2.6% in the last three months of 2017, the Commerce Department said on Friday. Economists had expected the rate to be 3% - the same as the three months to September.

  • Saturday, January 27th 2018 - 09:15 UTC

    Relief in Canada and North Ireland: Bombadier wins trade dispute with the US

    Tariffs of 292% will not now be imposed on orders of C-Series planes by American carriers. About 50 companies in the UK supply Bombardier with parts

    The Canadian aerospace firm which faced damaging import tariffs on one of its jets has won a trade dispute in the United States. The UK government had suspected that Bombardier would lose and unions feared sales and UK jobs connected to the C-Series would be hit. But in a surprise ruling, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) rejected a complaint brought by Boeing.

  • Saturday, January 27th 2018 - 08:57 UTC

    Tillerson's first tour of several Latin American countries in early February

    At the start of his trip Tillerson will outline the Administration’s Western Hemisphere policy priorities in an address at the University of Texas at Austin.

    United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Austin, Texas, and then to Mexico City, Mexico; Bariloche and Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Perú; Bogotá, Colombia; and Kingston, Jamaica on February 1-7. According to a release from the State Department, Secretary Tillerson will engage with regional partners to promote a safe, prosperous, energy secure, and democratic hemisphere.

  • Friday, January 26th 2018 - 09:27 UTC

    Brazil announces open skies policy with US and an end to the 20% ownership cap

    Beltrao said that the Open Skies treaty with the United States would be taken up by Congress at the beginning of the Brazilian legislative year in February

    Brazil’s Congress will finalize as soon as February legislation opening the way for deregulation of flights to and from the United States, Minister of Tourism Marx Beltrao said. He also expects legislators to approve a plan to allow foreign carriers a bigger chunk of Brazilian airlines. Both measures are part of a government drive to push down fares and boost tourism, which accounts for an estimated 3.7% of GDP.

  • Thursday, January 25th 2018 - 10:03 UTC

    Treasury Secretary tells Davos US welcomes a weakening dollar

    Mnuchin’s comments provided fresh trigger for dollar selling and raised questions if a weaker US currency could provide a long-term impetus for the economy.

    The U.S. dollar extended its recent rout to hit three-year lows on Wednesday after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he welcomed a weakening in the dollar. Fears of protectionist trade policies by the United States had already pushed the greenback to a three-year low, and Mnuchin’s remark at the annual Davos summit of business and political leaders pushed it down further.

  • Thursday, January 25th 2018 - 09:22 UTC

    Shark conservation charities benefit from Trump's confessed phobia

    The US president's dislike for the marine animal was revealed last week in an In Touch Weekly interview with adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Image: Democratic Underground

    Donald Trump's alleged hatred of sharks has inspired people to financially support international shark charities. The US president's dislike for the marine animal was revealed last week in an In Touch Weekly interview with adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

  • Thursday, January 25th 2018 - 09:16 UTC

    The US tourism industry is suffering from the “Trump slump”

    The US “Trump slump”, points to the president's America First rhetoric and anti-immigrant comments, as well as tighter visa rules for some countries

    Travel to the US is falling, a decline some in the tourism industry blame on US President Donald Trump. The number of international visitors fell by 4% in the first seven months of 2017, according to the US National Travel & Tourism Office and the trend occurred across all regions, with Africa and the Middle East reporting some of the most dramatic declines.