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  • Obama: 'Revving' economy calls for higher wages Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 3:39 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE, Wis.— Taking a bullish stand on the economy, President Barack Obama is renewing his call for an increase in the minimum wage, looking to give Democrats an issue on which to campaign going into November's midterm congressional elections.

  • Russian aid trucks leave; highlight dire needs Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 | 2:55 AM ET

    DONETSK, Russia— Hundreds of Russian aid trucks returned home from rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Saturday, highlighting a dire need for long-term assistance to the region where homes and livelihoods have been destroyed by months of fighting.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday it appeared that the downing of a Malaysian airliner near the Ukraine- Russia border was not an accident and that the passenger jet apparently was "blown out of the sky." "This is truly a grave situation," Biden said in a speech in Detroit. He spoke by phone to Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko.

  • *Malaysian airliner downed over eastern Ukraine. SAN FRANCISCO, July 17- U.S. crude oil jumped by more than $2 on Thursday after a Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine, dramatically escalating the crisis between Russia and the West one day after the U.S. ratcheted up sanctions against Moscow.

  • *Malaysian airliner downed over eastern Ukraine. SAN FRANCISCO, July 17- U.S. crude oil jumped by more than $2 on Thursday after a Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine, dramatically escalating the crisis between Russia and the West one day after the U.S. ratcheted up sanctions against Moscow.

  • Biden says downed jet was "blown out of the sky" Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 4:49 PM ET

    Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the downing of a Malaysian airliner near the Ukraine- Russia border apparently was "not an accident" and that the passenger jet was "blown out of the sky." Biden, in a speech in Detroit, said there may have been Americans on board and determining that was the first priority for the United States.

  • WASHINGTON, July 12- Vice President Joe Biden encouraged Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday to pursue talks that could lead to a ceasefire with rebels and said Washington continued to pursue efforts to raise pressure on Russia, the White House said.

  • WASHINGTON, June 23- President Barack Obama on Monday directed the federal government to give workers more leeway in determining their schedules, part of his goal to make U.S. workplaces more family-friendly- and a broad pitch to Democratic voters ahead of November elections.

  • Iraq's plea to Obama: Send jets to bomb militants Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 8:39 AM ET
    A U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate signals to launch an F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the South China Sea

    Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said American airstrikes were needed "to break the morale" of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.

  • *Iraq's most senior cleric urges followers to fight. BAGHDAD, June 13- Iraq's most senior Shi'ite cleric urged his followers to take up arms to defend themselves against a relentless advance by Sunni militants, in a sharp escalation of a conflict which is threatening civil war and the potential break-up of the country.

  • *ISIL taking arms seized from Iraqi army into Syria- monitors. *Gaining freedom of movement blurring Iraq, Syria borders. BAGHDAD, June 13- Islamist rebel fighters captured two more Iraqi towns overnight in a relentless sweep south towards the capital Baghdad in a campaign to recreate a mediaeval caliphate carved out of fragmenting Iraq and Syria.

  • BAGHDAD/ ARBIL, June 12- Barack Obama threatened U.S. military strikes in Iraq on Thursday against Sunni Islamist militants who have surged out of the north to menace Baghdad and want to establish their own state in Iraq and Syria.

  • Sanction Russia? German companies say, Nein! Friday, 16 May 2014 | 4:30 PM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a press conference following a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on May 13, 2014.

    German businesses have toned down public criticism, but are quietly warning politicians that sanctions will simply drive Russia to Asia.

  • *Industry lobby still hopes to sway Merkel on Russia stance. BERLIN, May 16- German industry is ramping up efforts to dissuade Chancellor Angela Merkel from imposing tough new economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, warning of lasting damage to domestic firms and the broader economy if Moscow is hit hard.