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  • President Barack Obama unveiled a plan centred on insurance on Sunday that they hope will convince U.S. companies to build nuclear power stations in India, but stopped short of demands to soften a liability law. "The India nuclear insurance pool is a risk transfer mechanism which is being formed by GIC Re and four other public sector undertakings in the general...

  • *United States sees India as counterweight to China. NEW DELHI, Jan 25- In a glow of bonhomie, U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled plans to unlock billions of dollars in nuclear trade and to deepen defence ties, steps they hope will establish an enduring strategic partnership.

  • Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 12:21 PM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government. Lisa Murkowski, R- Alaska, and chair of the Senate...

  • CIVIL NUCLEAR India and the United States struck a deal that could open the door for U.S. companies to build nuclear reactors in India by promising insurance cover to U.S. companies that had shied away from an Indian law placing liability on suppliers in case of an accident. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertiveness in the region has already aligned India...

  • President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a breakthrough on nuclear trade on Sunday, a step that both sides hope will help establish an enduring strategic partnership. Signaling his determination to take ties to a higher level, Modi broke with protocol to meet and bear-hug Obama as he landed in New Delhi earlier in the day.

  • They ironed out differences over the liability of suppliers to India in the event of a nuclear accident and the United States dropped a demand to be able to track the whereabouts of material supplied to the country, TV news networks said. The White House declined to comment on the reports and the spokesman for India's Ministry of External Affairs said only "we...

  • Signalling his determination to take ties to a higher level, Modi broke with protocol to meet and bear-hug Obama as he landed in New Delhi earlier in the day. It was a remarkable spectacle given that, just a year ago, Modi was persona non grata in Washington and denied a visa to the United States. The White House declined to comment on the reports and the spokesman for...

  • NEW DELHI, Jan 25- Signalling his determination to take relations with the United States to a higher level, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke with protocol to meet and bear-hug U.S. Obama's visit is a fresh bid to make India an enduring strategic partner and he will seek to nurture friendship with a prime minister who a year ago was persona non grata in...

  • NEW DELHI, Jan 25- In a fresh bid to make India an enduring strategic partner, U.S. President Barack Obama landed in New Delhi on Sunday for a highly symbolic visit and to nurture friendship with a prime minister who a year ago was persona non grata in Washington. The United States views India as a vast market and potential counterweight to China's assertiveness in...

  • FACTBOX-Obama and Modi aim high with India summit Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 2:00 PM ET

    President Barack Obama arrives in India on Sunday for the second time, to build on what he calls one of the defining relationships of the 21st Century. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertiveness in the region has already aligned India more with Washington, but they do not see eye-to-eye on Pakistan, and India is worried about the exit of U.S. troops from...

  • Unlikely buddies Obama and Modi aim high on India trip Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 1:59 PM ET

    NEW DELHI, Jan 25- In a fresh bid to make India an enduring strategic partner, U.S. President Barack Obama lands in New Delhi on Sunday for a highly symbolic parade and to nurture friendship with a prime minister who until last year was persona non grata in Washington. The United States views India as a vast market and potential counterweight to China's...

  • Medicaid, firing squads on agenda for Utah Legislature Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 11:01 AM ET

    Utah leaders are grappling with how they'll help thousands of poor Utah residents get health coverage under Medicaid, in what's expected to be one of the most hotly debated issues of the session. In Utah, that's about 90,000 people. Rather than having more people on Medicaid, Utah Gov.

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government's health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates. The Associated Press reported last week that details such as consumers' income and tobacco use were going to private companies with a commercial...

  • HAVANA— Everyone warns you Old Havana is a facade, but it's impossible not to be taken by its charms. For a foreigner who isn't coming with predetermined notions of Cuba as global boogeyman or socialist paradise, each alley and avenue, each conversation with a Cuban, complicates the picture. I'm nowhere near the first Westerner, American or journalist to visit...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama will cut short his three-day trip to India to travel to Saudi Arabia to pay respects following the death of King Abdullah, U.S. and Indian officials said Saturday, hours before the U.S. president was to depart for New Delhi. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president and first lady Michelle Obama would travel to...

  • HAVANA, Jan 23- A senior U.S. diplomat in Cuba for negotiations with Havana on restoring long-frozen diplomatic relations met a group of dissidents on Friday, seeking to underline Washington's concern over human rights but irritating the island's communist government. But Havana has stressed that efforts to normalize ties should not be accompanied by...

  • Another tax-free way to save for college Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 4:12 PM ET

    If 529 plans get taxed, a Roth IRA can be another tax-free option for saving for college.

  • WASHINGTON— MasterCard on Friday became the first major credit card company to say it will start handling U.S. card transactions in Cuba. Citing new guidance from the U.S. Department of Treasury, MasterCard said it would begin processing swipes by U.S. card holders in Cuba beginning March 1. MasterCard Inc., which is based in Purchase, New York, said in a statement...

  • Obama heading to India, hoping to improve ties Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 2:45 PM ET

    Yet the White House says it still was caught off guard when Modi invited Obama to be the first American president to attend India's annual Republic Day festivities, which mark the day in 1950 that the country's constitution came into force. "There's a great affinity between the United States and India and our people, but there's also a history that is complicated...

  • Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson met some of Cuba's dissidents on Friday to emphasize the importance the United States places on human right in talks with Cuba on restoring diplomatic ties. The meeting ruffled Cuba, which has stressed that efforts to normalize ties should not be accompanied by meddling in its internal affairs.