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US lawmaker: State Dept recommends lifting Cuba terror designation WASHINGTON: The State Department has recommended that Cuba be removed from the US blacklist of alleged state sponsors of terrorism, a leading member of the Senate foreign relations committee said Thursday.Earlier, President Barack Obama confirmed the department's recommendation was ready, but said he would not reveal what it was before heading to the Summit of the Americas in Panama."The State Department's recommendation to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the result of a months-long technical review, is an important step forward in our efforts to forge a more fruitful relationship with Cuba," Senator Ben Cardin said Thursday.Cardin, the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been closely involved in Washington's recent efforts to thaw ties with Cuba, its former Cold War foe.Cardin's spokeswoman Sue Walitsky confirmed to AFP that Cardin had been informed of the State Department decision, but added: "I wouldn't use the ...

Canada says private economists see 2015 growth of about 2pc OTTAWA: Private sector economists estimate that Canada's economy will grow at about 2 percent this year and will pick up after that, Finance Minister Joe Oliver said on Thursday. An average of economists' growth forecasts is used as a basis for fiscal planning by the Canadian government. The outlook is usually detailed in the federal budget, which will be released on April 21.The outlook matched a Reuters survey released on Wednesday that showed economists consulted ...
US jobless claims rise WASHINGTON: New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits rose last week but the overall tightening of the labor market remained, government data released Thursday showed.Initial jobless claims, an indicator of the pace of layoffs, increased by 14,000 to 281,000 in the week ending April 4, the Labor Department said.The prior week's level was revised down slightly to 267,000.The four-week moving average, which helps to smooth week-over-week volatility, fell by 3,000 to 282,250. A year ago ...
Obama hails best relations with Americas in 'decades' KINGSTON: President Barack Obama said US relations with other countries in the Americas were the best they have been in decades, as he headed to a regional summit in Panama starting Friday.Ahead of a two-day summit that is expected to see the first substantive meeting between US and Cuban presidents in half a century, Obama said decades of mistrust were easing. "It's no exaggeration to say that our relationship with the Americas is the best ...
Mexico closes 10 cosmetic surgery clinics in border city MEXICO CITY: Mexican authorities have ordered the closure of 10 cosmetic surgery clinics and offices in the northwest border city of Tijuana for failing to comply with health regulations.The action, announced on Wednesday, follows the death last month of a young Australian woman after undergoing a liposuction procedure in Mexicali, another city on the US border.Three operating rooms and an intensive care center in Mexicali were closed March 30 after her death.The cheaper and sometimes ...
Jury's next decision: Life or death for Boston bomber? BOSTON: Convicted in the worst attacks on US soil since 9/11, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces a new court date with the same jury, which now must decide if the Boston Marathon bomber must pay for his crimes with his life.Tsarnaev faces either life in prison or the death penalty, after a jury unanimously convicted him Wednesday of carrying out the worst attack in the United States since the 9/11 hijackings.Jurors took a day and a half ...
Mexico gang kills 15 police in worst attack in years GUADALAJARA: Fifteen police officers were killed in a gang ambush in western Mexico, an official said on Tuesday, marking the deadliest day in recent years for security forces battling the drug war.Five more officers were wounded in Monday's assault, which took place on a twisting rural highway near the village of Soyatan as a convoy carrying the elite state police unit headed to Guadalajara, Mexico's second biggest city.Authorities suspect the powerful "Jalisco New Generation Drug ...


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