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Tropical storm Isaac could hit Haiti  MIAMI: Tropical Storm Isaac strengthened over the Caribbean on Wednesday, threatening to slam into impoverished Haiti -- still reeling from a devastating 2010 earthquake -- and Cuba, US forecasters said. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center projected that Isaac would become a hurricane on Thursday and make landfall Saturday near the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay in southern Cuba. A hurricane warning has been issued for all of Haiti, often hit by disastrous floods and mudslides, as well as for most of the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. "Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion," the NHC said. The storm, packing gusts of up to 45 miles (72 kilometers) per hour, was moving over the eastern Caribbean Sea and located about 270 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, the NHC said in its 0300 GMT bulletin. Isaac was expected to dump ...

US Cold War trade rule stays as Russia joins WTO  WASHINGTON: The Obama administration welcomed Russia's membership in the World Trade Organization Wednesday, but said US exporters would be disadvantaged unless Congress repeals Russia's Cold War-era trade status. "We congratulate Russia on joining the World Trade Organization," the nation's top trade envoy, US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, said in a statement. "However, in order for American manufacturers, workers, service providers, farmers and ranchers to take full advantage of Russia's WTO membership, Congress must act to terminate Jackson-Vanik ...
Tropical Storm Isaac could hit Republican convention  MIAMI: A tropical storm swirling in the eastern Caribbean has raised the remote possibility that this year's Republican National Convention could be more blustery than usual. Tropical Storm Isaac was east of Guadeloupe on Tuesday, and forecasters say it could become a hurricane on track to hit Florida next week, when Republicans gather in Tampa. The US National Hurricane Center's five-day forecast shows the storm blowing over the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba but does not extend ...
Holed-up Assange tells Obama to end WikiLeaks LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange urged President Barack Obama to end the US "witchhunt" against his whistleblowing website Sunday, speaking from Ecuador's London embassy where he has been holed up for two months. Assange walked into the embassy in June after exhausting all legal avenues in Britain to stop being extradited to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sex crimes. "I ask President Obama to do the right thing, the United States must renounce its ...
Obama slams Romney on taxes  WINDHAM: President Barack Obama hounded Mitt Romney on Saturday, saying his wealthy rival would pay only one percent in taxes on his vast wealth under a plan authored by his running mate Paul Ryan. Obama escalated his effort to use the pick of the conservative Republican congressman last week to drive votes away from Romney in swing states, including New Hampshire, where he was campaigning Saturday. "The centerpiece of my opponent's entire economic plan is a new ...
Wildfires strain outdoor tourism business in western US  SALMON: Wildfires sweeping across the western United States are straining communities that depend upon the summer tourism season, as recreation sites catch fire, campgrounds close and outdoor activities such as river rafting are disrupted. In the mountains of central Idaho, where whitewater rafting has replaced logging as an economic mainstay, blazes are curtailing trips on rivers whose world-class rapids draw an international crowd of thousands from June through August. Tourists who booked rafting trips months in advance ...
Romney on fundraising dash  OAK BLUFFS: Mitt Romney criss-crossed his home state of Massachusetts on Saturday in a major fundraising drive before the Republican convention, netting $7 million after a two-day blitz. A week after the roll-out of running mate Paul Ryan and with roughly 80 days to go before the November 6 election in which he aims to oust President Barack Obama, Romney was foregoing chances to campaign in crucial swing states, opting to raise cash with events in ...


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