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Obama pushes for extension of unemployment benefits

Dec 7 2013, 3:54pm CST | by IANS

Washington, Dec 8 (IANS) President Barack Obama Saturday urged lawmakers to extend unemployment benefits for millions of unemployed Americans before Christmas to help low-income families and bolster job creation.

Washington, Dec 8 — President Barack Obama Saturday urged lawmakers to extend unemployment benefits for millions of unemployed Americans before Christmas to help low-income families and bolster job...

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Obama pushes for extension of unemployment benefits

Dec 7 2013, 3:54pm CST | by IANS

Washington, Dec 8 (IANS) President Barack Obama Saturday urged lawmakers to extend unemployment benefits for millions of unemployed Americans before Christmas to help low-income families and bolster job creation.

Washington, Dec 8 — President Barack Obama Saturday urged lawmakers to extend unemployment benefits for millions of unemployed Americans before Christmas to help low-income families and bolster job creation.

"Right now, more than one million of our fellow Americans are poised to lose a vital economic lifeline just a few days after Christmas if Congress doesn't do something about it," Obama said in his weekly address Saturday, Xinhua reported.

Around 1.3 million workers currently receiving extended unemployment insurance (UI) benefits are set to lose them Dec 28 and about 3.6 million additional people will lose access to UI benefits beyond 26 weeks by the end of 2014, if Congress allows the programme to expire, the White House said in a report Thursday.

Unemployed Americans can get 26 weeks of state-paid unemployment benefits, and the length of the benefits has been extended in 2008 after the onset of the financial crisis with the financial help of the federal government. The federal government- funded extra assistance UI programme has been repeatedly extended in past years.

"We need to do everything we can to help businesses create more good jobs that pay good wages even faster. Because the hole that we're still digging out of means that there are still millions of Americans looking for work -- often because they've been laid off through no fault of their own," Obama said.

He said if Congress refuses to act, it would not just hurt families already struggling, it would actually harm the economy, adding that unemployment insurance is one of the most effective ways to boost the economy.

"When people have money to spend on basic necessities, that means more customers for our businesses and, ultimately, more jobs," he noted.

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The CIA has stopped spying on European allies, U.S. officials say

Sep 20 2014 3:47pm CDT | Source: National Post

WASHINGTON — Stung by the backlash over a German caught selling secrets to the U.S. and the revelations of surveillance by the National Security Agency, the CIA has stopped spying on friendly governments in Western Europe, according to current and former U.S. officials. The pause in decades of espionage was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery, said a U.S. ...
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NATO cautiously welcomes Ukraine buffer zone deal

Sep 20 2014 2:17pm CDT | Source: Business Insider

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Secret Service reviews White House security after fence-jumper enters mansion

Sep 20 2014 1:57pm CDT | Source: National Post

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Sep 20 2014 10:50am CDT | Source: Business Insider

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White House evacuated after man jumps fence

Sep 20 2014 4:21am CDT | Source: Business Insider

Washington (AFP) - A man triggered an evacuation at the White House late Friday after he scaled a fence and made it into the building before being captured.US President Barack Obama and his family were not at the White House at the time, though officials and journalists were rushed out of the building during the disturbance that began on the North Lawn around 7:20 pm (2320 GMT) Friday, the Secret Service said.Minutes ear ...
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Iran, six powers head into 'very tough' nuclear talks

Sep 19 2014 6:23pm CDT | Source: Business Insider

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Iran and six powers returned to the negotiating table on Friday with only two months left to overcome hurdles in the way of a deal on curbing Tehran's nuclear program.No major breakthroughs are expected at the talks, which are to continue until the end of next week, but the pressure is on both sides to find ways to narrow the gaps.EU foreign policy chief Catherine A ...
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This is what a country under lockdown looks like: Sierra Leone shuts down for three days to combat Ebola

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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Thousands of health workers began knocking on doors across Sierra Leone on Friday in search of hidden Ebola cases as the entire West African nation was locked down in their homes in an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease. Wooden tables lay empty at the capital’s usually vibrant food markets. Police stood guard at roadblocks in this nation of 6 million people. This ...
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Queen urges unity after Scotland rejects independence

Sep 19 2014 1:21pm CDT | Source: Business Insider

Edinburgh (AFP) - Scottish leader Alex Salmond said Friday he would resign after losing an independence referendum that left the United Kingdom intact, as Queen Elizabeth II called for "mutual respect" among Scots following a divisive campaign.Despite a surge in Scottish nationalist support in the final fortnight of the campaign, the anti-independence "No" camp secured a clear margin of 55.30 percent of the vote against 44.70 percent fo ...
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CIA halts spying on allies in Western Europe in response to scandals, sources say

Sep 19 2014 1:17pm CDT | Source: National Post

WASHINGTON — The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials. The pause in decades of espionage, which remains partially in effect, was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being ...
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