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United States

  • Friday, January 30th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

    Topsy-turvy: US economy contracts 3.8%, below forecast

    The US economy shrank at an annual rate of 3.8% in the last quarter of 2008, according to the latest report from the US Commerce Department. This is the worst performance of the US economy since 1982.

  • Thursday, January 29th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

    Record losses in Ford but “no need” for government aid

    US carmaker Ford reported this week the biggest full-year loss in its history, but said it still was not going to ask for government loans. Ford said its net loss for the fourth quarter of 2008 was 5.9 billion dollars, and 14.6 billion for the whole year.

  • Wednesday, January 28th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

    Partisan support for US economy recovery plan flags

    US President Barack Obama has called for urgent action on his 825 billion US dollars economic recovery plan, saying the American people expect it. Republican lawmakers are increasingly vocal in opposing the bill, complaining it is too expensive and unworkable.

  • Wednesday, January 28th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

    Fed pledges to keep exceptional “low interest rates”

    The United States Federal Reserve pledged to keep interest rates at “exceptionally low levels,” and use “all available tools” to promote the resumption of sustainable economic growth, as it warned that the outlook for the world's largest economy has weakened further in recent weeks.

  • Tuesday, January 27th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

    Obama reaches out to the Muslim world in Arabic network

    'Americans are not your enemies'

    President Barack Obama chose an Arabic satellite TV network for his first formal television interview on Monday as president, part of his drive to repair relations with the Muslim world.

  • Monday, January 26th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

    Geithner sworn in to the toughest job: Treasury Secretary

    Secretary Timothy Geithner

    Timothy Geithner was sworn in as US Treasury Secretary within hours of the Senate approving his nomination on Monday. The confirmation by 60 votes to 34 was delayed due to concerns Mr Geithner had failed to pay previous taxes on time.

  • Thursday, January 22nd 2009 - 20:00 UTC

    Obama takes presidential oath of office a second time

    Obama takes the oath again but without the Bible and Michelle

    Barack Obama retook on Wednesday the US presidential oath of office, after the inauguration blunder that was heard throughout the world. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the oath to Mr Obama at the White House in a rare move in which no TV camera crews or news photographers were allowed in.

  • Thursday, January 22nd 2009 - 20:00 UTC

    Overwhelming support for Hillary Clinton Secretary of State

    A long list of thorny issues wait for Hillary and her smart power

    The United States Senate in an overwhelming 94 to 2 vote Wednesday, gave final approval to the nomination of Senator and former First Lady Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Action was delayed by one day because of Republican concerns about fund-raising by former President Bill Clinton's charitable foundation.

  • Thursday, January 22nd 2009 - 20:00 UTC

    Legal process, ethics, transparency, mark Obama's first day

    Obama ready to sign several excecutive orders including closing Guantanamo

    US President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay prison within a year. A draft order circulated on Wednesday also called for halting military trials in the prison, where terror suspects had been held for years without trial.

  • Wednesday, January 21st 2009 - 20:00 UTC

    Countries want “more dialogue” and less imposition from US

    OAS Secretary Jose Insulza

    More dialogue is what countries are expecting from the administration of President Barack Obama, according to the Organization of American States, OAS, Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza, one of the special guests to the presidential taking office ceremony in Washington.