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U.S. drops corruption case against ex-Sen. Stevens
1 Apr 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday moved to dismiss charges against former Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens amid accusations of prosecutorial misconduct, according to a motion filed in federal court. Stevens, a Republican who served longer than any other U.S. senator before losing a November re-election race, was convicted in October of seven counts of lying on a Sen ...

U.S. says to turn to U.N. if North Korea launches missile
1 Apr 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States will respond to any North Korean missile launch by raising the matter in the U.N. Security Council, a U.S. official said on Wednesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in London, said Washington would react if North Korea launched a missile. "There are U.N. Security Council resolutions so I would expect w ...

White House optimistic GM can avoid bankruptcy
1 Apr 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration remains optimistic that General Motors Corp can restructure without going to bankruptcy court, a senior administration official said on Wednesday. The official reiterated the White House's position, however, that "targeted use of the bankruptcy code" could be employed if necessary. "We remain optimistic that significant r ...

U.S. plans to ease GM into bankruptcy: report
1 Apr 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is seeking to ease General Motors Corp into a "controlled" bankruptcy by persuading some creditors to agree to a plan that would divide the company into two pieces, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. Citing people briefed on the matter, the Times said the plan is to push GM into a structured bankruptcy "somewhere between a prepackaged b ...

Obama, Medvedev to reset ties with arms pact
1 Apr 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Russia and the United States will pursue an arms deal cutting nuclear warheads below levels agreed in 2002, presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama said Wednesday in their first step toward mending relations. They said in a joint statement they had ordered negotiators to report first results in July. The pair agreed to work together on Afghanistan, urged Iran t ...

Taliban say U.S. reconciliation offer "lunatic"
1 Apr 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents rejected on Wednesday a U.S. offer of "honorable reconciliation" as a "lunatic idea" and said the withdrawal of foreign troops was the only way to end the war in Afghanistan. With the Afghan conflict now in its eighth year, NATO-led forces and the Taliban are locked in a bloody stalemate with violence set to rise further this y ...

G20 call for action amid protests
1 Apr 2009 source: bbc.co.uk

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Obama praises Brown's 'integrity'
1 Apr 2009 source: bbc.co.uk

Barack Obama has praised Gordon Brown's "integrity" as the two men vowed to work together to tackle the "unprecedented" global recession. Speaking after two hours of talks the US president said there was "enormous consensus" on tackling the crisis. And he rejected talk of splits ahead of Thursday's G20 summit. Asked what advice he had for Mr Brown about winning elections, Mr Obama said that whatever the problems faced, "good policy" would  ...

Obama plays down G20 splits
1 Apr 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Caren Bohan LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama urged the world's top economies on Wednesday to set aside their differences to tackle the global crisis, pledging that Washington would listen as well as lead. "I know that G20 nations are appropriately pursuing their own approaches...We're not going to agree on every point," Obama told reporters in London on the eve of a  ...

Monthly U.S. death toll in Iraq lowest since beginning of war ...
1 Apr 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The number of U.S. troops killed by hostile action in Iraq fell in March to the lowest level since the 2003 invasion, but total civilian deaths remained above January's low point. The number of U.S. troops killed by bombs or gunfire in Iraq fell to four, down from 11 in February, according to statistics from Web site www.icasualties.org, which collates official data.  ...

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