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White House says GDP growth ‘not good enough’

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s administration said Thursday that stronger growth in the economy in the third quarter still was too slow and signaled a need for further stimulus. Responding to the Commerce Department’s first estimate of gross domestic product growth for the July-September period at a 2.5 percent pace,…

No decision yet on future troop presence in Iraq: U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration denied a news report on Saturday it had made a final decision to pull almost all U.S. troops out of Iraq by a year-end withdrawal deadline. The White House and Pentagon both denied an Associated Press report citing unnamed U.S. officials saying they completely…

White House ‘pleased’ at Shalit deal

The White House said Wednesday it was pleased with reports that the “long overdue” release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit would take place soon after a deal with Hamas. The agreement to release Shalit, which will see 1,000 Palestinians freed by Israel in return, is expected to get underway in…

U.S. condemns car bombing in Somalia

WASHINGTON — The United States forcefully condemned Tuesday the Islamist militant group Shebab’s attack in Somalia, where more than 70 people were killed in a car bombing. Those killed in the “despicable and cowardly act” included students taking taking an exam in hopes of getting a scholarships to study abroad,…

White House refuses Cheney’s demand for an apology

WASHINGTON — The White House Monday rejected a call for an apology by ex-vice president Dick Cheney, who said a US strike against a top Al-Qaeda suspect in Yemen vindicated harsh Bush-era anti-terror policies. Cheney had argued that the US drone attack last week that killed US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi…

U.S. applauds Pakistan capture of Al Qaeda plotter

WASHINGTON — The White House hailed on Monday Pakistan’s capture of a senior Al-Qaeda leader believed to have been plotting attacks on the United States and other countries. “We applaud the actions of Pakistan’s intelligence and security services that led to the capture of a senior Al-Qaeda operative who was…

White House: Rivals must unite to fix U.S. economy

WASHINGTON — The White House on Saturday reacted to a historic downgrade of America’s top-notch debt rating by calling on political rivals to unite to fix the economy and assure the country’s fiscal future. “We must do better to make clear our nation’s will, capacity and commitment to work together…

Obama calls for end to bickering after credit rating loss

The White House on Saturday called for an end to the political gridlock blamed for the first-ever US credit rating downgrade as allies voiced confidence in the world’s largest economy. Standard & Poor’s cut the US rating for the first time in history Friday, by one notch from its top-flight…

Geithner undecided on staying at Treasury

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has not yet decided whether to step down, the White House said Thursday, amid fresh indications the top economic pointman is under rising pressure to stay. Geithner, who has led President Barack Obama’s bid to revive the US economy from a deep recession, has…

U.S. denies Clinton seeking to be World Bank chief

WASHINGTON — Top US administration officials Thursday vehemently denied a report by the Reuters news agency that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in talks to become the next head of the World Bank. “It’s 100 percent untrue, Reuters is wrong,” Philippe Reines, a close advisor to Clinton, told AFP.…

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