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  • US promotes entrepreneurship to counter extremism Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 12:02 PM ET

    MARRAKECH, Morocco— The U.S. is promoting entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa as a way to create jobs and counter extremism in the region, senior American officials said Thursday at a conference in Morocco. Vice President Joe Biden and other American officials attending the 5th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Morocco were hopeful of...

  • TV 'Millionaire' sentenced in extortion case Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 7:05 AM ET

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— A Tennessee man who appeared as "the Beverly Hillbilly" on television's "The Millionaire Matchmaker" has been sentenced to three months in prison for trying to extort $2.5 million from a nuclear weapons plant. Prosecutors say Adam Winters in May emailed Babcock and Wilcox, the contractor operating the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

  • BRASILIA, Nov 17- Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, who canceled a White House trip last year in anger over U.S. spying revelations, now wants to improve ties and reschedule the state visit- but some U.S. officials warn it might not be that easy. A debate in Washington over whether and when to re-extend the invitation to Rousseff reflects persistent diplomatic...

  • Central America plan to stem child migration Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 1:57 PM ET

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador— The presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador will present the United States with a proposed plan to stem child migration from their countries. Tens of thousands of child and teenage migrants showed up at the U.S. border earlier this year, most fleeing violence or poverty in their home countries or seeking to reunite with...

  • Biden pitches infrastructure improvements Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 1:02 AM ET

    HOUSTON— Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday renewed his call for improvements to the nation's infrastructure, particularly at ports, saying failure to make upgrades will mean missed opportunities for economic growth. "This is a passion of mine," Biden told several hundred people attending the annual convention of the American Association of Port...

  • MEXICO CITY, Oct 31- Mexico and its main construction companies could help carry out a plan to spur economic growth and jobs in Central America to stem illegal immigration to the United States, a senior Mexican government official said on Friday. Struggling to stop a record flood of child migrants to the United States earlier this year, Guatemala, Honduras and El...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 28- It's not often that a White House official gets mocked on both Saturday Night Live and a major daily newspaper before he makes his first public appearance. But Ron Klain's low-profile first week as President Barack Obama's behind-the-scenes Ebola "czar" has become another attack point for a White House struggling to show it's on top of the...

  • *Fed Chair delivers broad social critique of rich-poor gulf. BOSTON, Oct 17- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday said the growth of economic inequality in the United States was not in keeping with American values and she hinted at a range of steps that could address it. "The extent of and continuing increase in inequality in the United States greatly...

  • BRASILIA/ WASHINGTON, Sept 30- The United States will pay Brazilian cotton producers $300 million to settle a decade-old dispute over cotton subsidies, two officials familiar with the settlement said on Tuesday, the first concrete step to repair ties hurt by an espionage scandal.

  • BRASILIA, Sept 30- The United States and Brazil are close to settling a decade-old trade dispute over cotton subsidies, three Brazilian sources close to the talks told Reuters, in what would be the first concrete step to repair ties hurt by an espionage scandal.

  • U.S.-Japan trade talks hit new farm exports snag Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON/ TOKYO, Sept 26- U.S.- Japan trade talks hit a rough patch this week with both sides blaming the other for a stalemate over farm exports, a major hurdle in concluding an ambitious 12- nation trade pact.

  • Obama tries Reagan touch on economy, but wages weigh Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 22- President Barack Obama, stumping for the Democrats ahead of November's congressional elections, has twice invoked Ronald Reagan's seminal campaign question: "are you better off than you were four years ago?"

  • HOUSTON/ CARACAS, Aug 21- Venezuela's shipments of crude oil and fuel to its allies have fallen to a five-year low as a weak economy hits its ability to uphold accords that former President Hugo Chavez struck to lower energy costs for friends and expand his diplomatic clout.

  • HOUSTON/ CARACAS, Aug 21- Venezuela's shipments of crude oil and fuel to its allies have fallen to a five-year low as a weak economy hits its ability to uphold accords that former President Hugo Chavez struck to lower energy costs for friends and expand his diplomatic clout.

  • Obama pledges to support new Iraqi government Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 5:12 PM ET

    President Barack Obama pledged to support Iraqi President Fouad Massoum and newly nominated prime minister-designate Haider Abadi.

  • White House: New US, Europe sanctions on Russia Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 2:49 PM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Ukraine at the White House in Washington, on March 17, 2014.

    The U.S. will join the European Union this week in slapping new economic sanctions on Russia for its continued support of separatists in Ukraine.

  • WASHINGTON, July 22- President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will put a spotlight on job-training programs on Tuesday as part of a White House push to boost economic opportunities for middle-class Americans, an important voting group in November elections.

  • HRABOVE, Ukraine, July 18- World leaders demanded an international investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board over eastern Ukraine in a tragedy that could mark a pivotal moment in the worst crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

  • *Ukraine says rebel missile shoots down Boeing 777 with 298 aboard. HRABOVE, Ukraine, July 18- World leaders demanded an international investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine in which all 298 people on board were killed, a tragedy that could further heighten tensions between Russia and the West.

  • *Ukraine says rebel missile shoots down Boeing 777 with 298 aboard. HRABOVE, Ukraine, July 18- The United States believes a surface-to-air missile brought down a Malaysian airliner that crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298 people on board, an incident that sharply raises the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro- Moscow rebels.