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244,000 jobs added in April, but unemployment rises to 9%

(Reuters) – U.S. employment increased more than expected in April as private companies created jobs at the fast pace in five years, pointing to underlying strength in the economy, even though the jobless rate rose to 9.0 percent. Nonfarm payrolls rose 244,000 last month, the most in 11 months, the…

Jobless claims jump to highest numbers in 8 months

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New U.S. claims for unemployment aid unexpectedly rose last week to touch their highest level in eight months, pushed up by factors ranging from spring break layoffs to the introduction of an emergency benefits program, a government report showed on Thursday. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits…

Hamas executes ‘Israeli collaborator’ in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Gaza’s Hamas rulers on Wednesday executed a Palestinian convicted of collaboration with Israel, the interior ministry said, in what was the first such execution in a year. The man, who was referred to only as A.S, was executed by firing squad after being convicted on…

Private sector adds 179,000 jobs in April: ADP

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Private employers added 179,000 jobs in April, coming in shy of economists’ expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP Employer Services report would show a gain of 198,000 jobs. March private payrolls were revised up to an increase…

April deadliest month for US in Iraq since 2009

BAGHDAD — The killing on Friday of an American soldier made April the deadliest month for US forces in Iraq since 2009, according to figures compiled by AFP. The soldier “was killed April 29 while conducting operations in southern Iraq,” a US military statement released on Saturday said, without giving…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry proclaims ‘Days of Prayer for Rain’

Republican Governor Rick Perry has issued an official proclamation urging Texans to pray for rain in the midst of a severe drought that has sparked more than 8,000 wildfires. “These dire conditions have caused agricultural crops to fail, lake and reservoir levels to fall and cattle and livestock to struggle…

NASA sets April 29 launch for Endeavour shuttle

WASHINGTON — The US space agency on Tuesday confirmed plans to launch the shuttle Endeavour on its final mission to the International Space Station on April 29. NASA’s confirmation came following a flight readiness review meeting at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 14-day mission, known as STS-134, will include…

Obama to launch reelection bid next week: reports

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will launch his 2012 reelection campaign next week via an electronic message to his staunchest supporters, according to US media. Politico reported the campaign would “most likely” make its first step toward the launch — filing registration papers with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) —…

Obama sees spending deal near

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama said Friday that a deal with his Republican foes on deep government spending cuts was “within reach,” as lawmakers groped in private for a compromise by an April 8 deadline. “Now, there’s still details and differences to work out,” he said a speech…

Climate change: UN parties complete inventory of pledges

PARIS (AFP) – Developing countries have submitted their plans for tackling greenhouse-gas emissions under the UN flag, completing a double inventory decided in Mexico in December, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change said on Monday. The listing of voluntary, “nationally appropriate” actions follows an inventory of emissions reduction targets…

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