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Trans-Atlantic Partnership Vital to Global Security

Washington – The trans-Atlantic relationship remains an essential source of stability in an unpredictable world, and Europe is the principal U.S. partner in promoting global and economic security, Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon says. The strategy outlined by President Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta January 5 reaffirms the U.S. commitment to European security […]


The debt deal announced today is a victory for bipartisan compromise, for the economy and for the American people. The agreement: . Removes the cloud of uncertainty over our economy at this critical time, by ensuring that no one will be able to use the threat of the nation’s first default now, or in only […]

Jury convicts DeLay in money laundering trial

Former U.S. House majority leader faces up to life in prison AUSTIN, Texas — Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay — once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress — was convicted Wednesday on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. Jurors deliberated for 19 hours before returning […]

U.S., China Officials Focus on Military-to-Military Relations

Washington – U.S. and Chinese defense officials recently discussed how to develop more durable military-to-military relations, a senior U.S. defense official says. Under Secretary of Defense Michèle Flournoy met with Chinese General Ma Xiaotian, the deputy chief of the general staff of the People’s Liberation Army, in Washington and discussed a range of security issues […]

NASA delays Discovery launch

Final flight of shuttle could be pushed back even more, to February CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s latest launch delay for the space shuttle Discovery could push the spacecraft’s final mission into the Christmas holiday, or even postpone it completely until February, agency officials said Wednesday. Top shuttle program managers met to review recent repairs to […]

45 million in US struggling to find food

Washington: Reeling under difficult economic times, some 17.4 million US households or 45 million people struggled to find enough food to eat last year due to lack of money, according to latest official statistics. This was quoted by a major newswire agency in India. The number of Americans fighting off hunger stayed level in 2009, […]

Diversification of the NWT economy

Yellowknife, NWT – Thanks to CanNor, the Northwest Territories will continue to promote business, employment and tourism opportunities to potential tourists, residents and investors in French-speaking regions across Canada and Europe. The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), today announced a federal investment of $253,000 to support and expand […]

Ontario and Fort William Mark Significant Step Forward

Ontario – Negotiators for Canada, Ontario and the Fort William First Nation have reached a major milestone in talks to resolve a specific claim in northwestern Ontario. Canada and Ontario have made an offer to settle the Fort William First Nation Boundary Claim.  The proposed settlement includes approximately $154 million in total financial compensation and […]

North Korea Needs to Hear Unified Condemnation of Attack

Washington – The Obama administration says China and other countries need to join the United States in sending “a clear, direct, unified message” to North Korea’s leadership that provocations such as the November 23 artillery attack on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong are “unwarranted, unhelpful and should cease,” according to State Department spokesman P.J. […]

Obama, NATO Sign Afghan Power Transfer Plan

By MacKenzie Babb Staff Writer Washington – President Obama has joined NATO allies in a formal agreement to transfer security control of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces to Afghan forces starting in 2011. Speaking to reporters November 20 in Lisbon, Portugal, at the end of the 2010 NATO Summit, Obama said the transition of security forces would […]

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