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Biden warns over energy as 'political weapon' WASHINGTON: US Vice President Joe Biden vowed on Friday it would work with Ukraine and other allies to prevent countries like Russia from using energy as a "political weapon."In a telephone call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Biden said aid from the United States and other countries would help Ukraine "meet its most pressing needs," the White House said in a statement.On Thursday, President Barack Obama signed a bill providing Kiev with $1 billion in loan guarantees, amid the worst East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War.The International Monetary Fund last month announced a $14-$18 billion bailout for Ukraine on Thursday that imposes tough economic conditions that will alter the lives Ukrainians who have grown accustomed to the comforts of Soviet-era subsidies and welfare benefits.Biden hailed the so-called standby arrangement, saying it would "stabilize and grow the Ukrainian economy," according to the White House. "He expressed support ...

Obama briefs top political leaders on Russia showdown WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Thursday sought to solidify top congressional leaders behind his strategy to isolate Russia and support Ukraine after Moscow's annexation of Crimea.The comparatively rare talks between the president and leaders from both parties in the House of Representatives and the Senate on a foreign policy issue took place after the president signed a bill providing Kiev with $1 billion in loan guarantees.A White House official said Obama briefed House Speaker ...
Four dead at Fort Hood including shooter, 16 wounded: commander WASHINGTON: Four people were killed in a shooting at Fort Hood on Wednesday including the assailant, a soldier who served in Iraq and was being treated for mental health issues, the commander of the US base said."There is no indication that this incident is related to terrorism," Lieutenant General Mark Milley told reporters, adding that 16 people were wounded in the incident at the huge US army base in Texas, scene of a deadly shooting ...
Morning light could be secret to healthy weight WASHINGTON: Being slimmer could be as simple as waking up early for some morning sunshine, US researchers suggested on Wednesday.A small study of 54 volunteers showed that the leanest ones did not necessarily eat better or exercise more than the rest. They simply were exposed to more bright daylight earlier in the day.The findings by Northwestern University researchers are published in the journal PLOS ONE."The earlier this light exposure occurred during the day, the lower ...
Most Americans think legal pot inevitable: poll WASHINGTON: Three out of four Americans believe marijuana will one day be legal to buy and use anywhere in the United States, according to a public opinion poll released Wednesday.Fifty-four percent of respondents to the Pew Research Center survey said marijuana should be legalized, compared to 42 percent who were opposed, the Washington-based pollsters reported.When asked if they thought the sale and use of marijuana would eventually be legal nationwide, 75 percent responded yes -- ...
US court removes limits on overall campaign donations WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court on Wednesday removed the overall limit on contributions a donor can make to political candidates, a move that could open the floodgates to campaign funding by rich individuals.The move was immediately hailed by Republicans, who are gearing up to challenge President Barack Obama's Democratic supporters for control of the Senate in October mid-term elections.The top court, in a five to four ruling read by Chief Justice John Roberts, did retain ...
Washington mayor ousted in primary race WASHINGTON: Washington Mayor Vincent Gray lost his bid to run the US capital city for a second term late on Tuesday, bumped from the job by city councilwoman Muriel Bowser.With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the DC Board of Elections announced challenger Bowser earned 44 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, compared with Gray's 33 percent. Several other candidates earned between 0 and 12 percent of the vote.Gray conceded the race around midnight, ...


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