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U.S. Treasury chief Lew asks ‘able’ countries to drive economic growth

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urged countries with the “capacity” to help spur growth, after talks with his German counterpart here on Tuesday. Lew told a joint press conference with Wolfgang Schaeuble that the driver of economic growth would be consumer demand, adding “policies that will help drive consumer demand…

Microsoft and Oracle ask European Union to ‘protect competition’ against Google Android

Google was in the firing line again on Tuesday after a group of major companies, including Microsoft and Oracle, complained to the European Commission over Google’s offerings for Android-powered mobile phones. “We are asking the Commission to move quickly and decisively to protect competition and innovation in this critical market,”…

Clashes erupt as Britain grapples with Thatcher’s legacy

Britain wrestled Tuesday with violent passions ignited by the death of divisive former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, with critics of the “Iron Lady” clashing with police and supporters preparing to pay tribute to her in parliament. World reaction was also divided with Pope Francis hailing her promotion of freedom but…

Russia’s Putin faces thousands of pro-LGBT protesters in Amsterdam

Over 3,000 people protested Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Amsterdam on Monday, with rainbow flags flying at half-mast around the city that prides itself on enjoying every kind of freedom. The brightly dressed crowd chanted “Go home Putin!” during a festive protest opposite the museum where Putin had dinner…

U.S. official: Warlike rhetoric of North Korea ‘perfectly predictable’

With tensions on the Korean peninsula soaring to include threats of nuclear war, frustration is mounting at what US policy experts see as the failure of all efforts to rein in North Korea. Decades of threats have waxed and waned despite myriad attempts to reach out for talks or punish…

Rep. Mike Rogers: ‘Significant improvements’ to CISPA over privacy concerns

Backers of a cybersecurity bill which stalled in Congress last year offered changes in an effort to ease concerns of privacy and civil liberties activists. The two top lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee said the panel would meet Wednesday to vote on the Cyber Intelligence and Sharing Protection Act,…

Senate confirms Mary Jo White as head of SEC

The US Senate confirmed veteran prosecutor Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, placing her in charge of implementing President Barack Obama’s Wall Street reforms. With little fanfare, the Senate approved White by unanimous consent, after her nomination cleared the Senate Banking Committee last month…

Obama moves towards sending military weapons to Somalia

President Barack Obama took the first step Monday toward providing US military assistance to Somali forces battling Islamist militants, after the easing of a UN arms embargo last month. Obama signed a determination stating that having the legal capacity to offer defense equipment to Somalia was in the national interest…

Trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law faces ‘stunning’ delay due to sequester cuts

The highly anticipated New York trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law could be delayed because his court-appointed lawyers have been hit by US budget cuts, they said Monday. Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan called the revelation that a package of US federal government cuts known as the sequester could imperil a…

Chelsea Clinton hints at entering politics

Just as speculation rises over Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions, daughter Chelsea hinted Monday that she too could enter politics. With ex-president Bill Clinton as her father and the former secretary of state and would-be first female president as mother, Chelsea has politics in her blood. So far, the 33-year-old has…

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