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  • As Ukraine truce holds, Russia vows economic pain Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:53 PM ET

    KIEV, Ukraine— Fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and Russian-backed separatist forces has ground almost to halt. That should be good news for Ukraine, but Russia looks intent to pile on the economic misery. In a detailed op-ed piece Monday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev painted a grim forecast of Russian economic blockades ahead...

  • House approves $1.1T bill financing government Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:11 AM ET

    The 219-206 vote cleared the way for a final showdown in the Senate on the bill— the last major measure of a two-year Congress far better known for gridlock than for bipartisan achievement. The White House stated its own objections to the bank-related proposal and other portions of the bill in a written statement. Even so, officials said Obama and Vice President...

  • OMISALJ, Croatia, Dec 10- Spurred by the demise of Russia's South Stream gas pipeline project, Croatia has revived a decade-old idea of building a liquefied natural gas import terminal at the deepwater oil port of Omisalj on the island of Krk. But the Ukraine crisis and the collapse of South Stream have refocused minds in central and eastern European nations on...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 26- Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. Among possible Republican candidates, Romney's 19 percent put him ahead of former Florida governor Jeb Bush with 11 percent, New...

  • ISTANBUL, Nov 24- Turkey and the United States smoothed over some differences in the fight against Islamic State during a weekend visit by U.S. Turkey has been a reluctant partner in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, refusing to take a frontline military role despite its 1,200 km border with Iraq and Syria and thereby intensifying Western concern...

  • Separately, Poroshenko also announced that Lithuania would provide Ukraine with some military aid to help Kiev in its fight against pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. It was not clear, however, if Lithuania was following fellow NATO member the United States in providing non-lethal military equipment or whether it was supplying weaponry-...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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    Vice President Joe Biden tells Harvard students his job can be a "b****."

  • 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.