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Bernanke admits to Congress U.S. economic growth is ‘disappointing’

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke admitted Tuesday that US economic data had been “disappointing” and that a future reduction in unemployment would likely prove “frustratingly slow.” Dealing a blow to Barack Obama and others hopeful for an improvement in economic news ahead of November’s presidential elections, Bernanke offered a gloomy…

Nobel Prize-winning Myanmar opposition leader travels to U.S.

Myanmar’s Nobel Prize-winning opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to the United States in September on her first visit since spending years under house arrest, a think-tank said Tuesday. Suu Kyi, who was elected to parliament this year in a dramatic sign of Myanmar’s reforms, has indicated that…

Blair-Bush Iraq war transcript may be suppressed

Government may block information tribunal ruling that ordered record of phone conversation to be released, sources confirm An explosive transcript of one of Tony Blair’s final conversations with George Bush before the invasion of Iraq may be suppressed by the coalition government, Whitehall sources have confirmed. Dominic Grieve, the attorney…

Top universities join free online teaching platform

Coursera set to shake up higher education model after adding 12 US and European institutions including Edinburgh University Twelve leading universities in the US and Europe have joined an internet platform created by two Stanford University scientists which provides free online access to classes designed by academics at elite institutions.…

U.S. ‘suffering worst drought in 56 years’

The United States is experiencing its widest-spread drought in 56 years, according to a release by the nation’s meteorological agency Monday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that some 55 percent of the contiguous United States, particularly in the Midwest, suffered from drought last month, according to the…

New York Times names new ombudsman, with online focus

The New York Times on Monday named Margaret Sullivan as its “public editor,” an ombudsman who responds to reader concerns, and said the “conversation” on key issues will move increasingly online. Sullivan, currently editor and vice president of The Buffalo News, will succeed Arthur Brisbane as public editor on September…

Why is Mitt Romney hiding his tax returns?

Besieged when they should be on attack, even the pooh-bahs of the Republican party are imploring their man Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns. After weeks of talking about Romney’s finances rather than President Barack Obama’s jobs record, it is time, they say, for the multi-millionaire businessman…

Unique memorial in Rome honors new Christian martyrs

From the Bible of a murdered Pakistani government minister to the prayer book of a slain San Salvador archbishop, a Rome church has created a unique memorial to modern-day Christian martyrs. At a time of outrage over anti-Christian violence in Africa, the exhibits at the Basilica of Saint Bartholomew are…

Mexico drug violence cripples Monterrey

The historic district in this thriving industrial city was once packed with revelers enjoying Mexico’s economic boom times — but today it’s a ghost town, a victim of the country’s ongoing drug war. Most shocking was the speed of the change: just two years. The northern city of Monterrey is…

YouTube videos show nurses as stupid or sex objects: study

Nurses should go on the offensive against YouTube videos that stereotype them as sexual playthings or witless, according to a report published in a nursing journal. Researchers led by Gerard Fealy, a professor of nursing and midwifery at University College Dublin in Ireland, analysed the 10 most-viewed clips on the…

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