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America’s debt jumps to $17 trillion after raising the debt ceiling

Rabat- As soon as a deal was reached this week to raise the debt ceiling, the US federal debt climbed to $17,076 trillion up from $16,747 trillion on Wednesday, that is $329 billion had been added, according to the US Treasury Department. The deal will allow the treasury to borrow as much money as it needs until February 7 when Congress has to consider once again raising the debt ceiling or delay it if a ne ...

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White House orders government agencies to begin shutting down

Washington — The White House budget director late Monday ordered federal agencies to begin closing down after Congress failed to pass a budget to avert a government shutdown. "Agencies should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations," said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director Of the White House Office of Management and Budget in a memo. ...

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US Department of Defense to review security worldwide after Navy Yard shooting

WASHINGTON - A senior Pentagon official confirmed on Tuesday US Department of Defense (DoD) would carry out a comprehensive security review at its installations around the globe, following a mass shooting incident in capital Washington that left 13 people dead. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel "intends to order a review of physical security and access at all DoD installations worldwide," the official said on c ...

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Americans widely back NSA phone tracking: poll

Washington, June 10, 2013 (AFP) A solid majority of Americans support the US government's programs tracking telephone records to try to uncover terror, a Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll found Monday. Despite US intelligence concerns raised by contractor Edward Snowden's leak of the government's monitoring of private users' Web traffic and US citizens' phone records, Americans may be surprisingly co ...

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US moving 200 marines to Sicily for Libya: Italy

ROME, May 15, 2013 (AFP) Italy on Wednesday said the United States was transferring 200 marines and two planes to its base at Sigonella in Sicily to deploy in Libya in case US diplomats come under attack as they did last year. Speaking in parliament after leftist lawmakers complained they had not been told about the deployment, Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said the transfer was "in accordance with bilateral ...

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Probe into how America’s Cup boat ‘nose-dived,’ killing Brit

SAN FRANCISCO, May 10, 2013 (AFP) America's Cup bosses announced Friday a probe into why the AC72 yacht on which Briton Andrew Simpson died "nose-dived" into the water, and said other AC72 boats will not train until next week. They also refused to rule out any options when asked if the AC72 catamaran could be dropped from the race or if the race itself could be cancelled -- although the main organizer said ...

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Boston bombers planned July 4 strike

WASHINGTON, May 03, 2013  (AFP) Alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told investigators he and his brother had originally planned to commit suicide attacks during Fourth of July celebration, reports said. The ethnic Chechen brothers had considered striking during Boston's large city celebrations to mark the Fourth of July but aborted the plan after building their pressure-cooker bombs quicker than ex ...

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Secret services intercept a poison-tainted letter addressed to President Obama

By Tarik Elbarakah Morocco World News Rabat, April 17, 2013 US president Barack Obama has been reported to be addressed a letter that tested positive for containing poison, NBC NEWS said on Wednesday according to officials. The letter with the suspicious substance was received at an off-site White House mail facility on Tuesday and a federal law enforcement official said to NBC NEWS that the letter was very ...

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U.S. Navy to deploy laser weapons in 2014

April 09, 2013 (AFP with Al Arabiya) The U.S. Navy said Monday it is preparing to roll out a sea-based laser weapon capable of disabling small enemy vessels and shooting down surveillance drones. The laser system will be deployed in 2014, two years ahead of schedule. Chief of Naval Research Admiral Matthew Klunder said the cost of one blast of “directed energy” could be less than $1. “Compare that to the hu ...

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Hunger strike at Guantanamo after Quran seizures

WASHINGTON- March 12, 2013 (AFP) Detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp are staging a hunger strike to protest the confiscation of personal items, including Qurans, in early February, their lawyers and prison officials said Monday. "My client and other men have reported that most of the detainees in Camp 6 are on strike, except for a small few who are elderly or sick," said Pardiss Kebriaei, a New York ...

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Washington DC ad campaign seeks to ‘expose’ Israeli lobby in America

March 03, 2013 An advertising drive is expected to take Washington D.C by storm on Monday as the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Visualizing Palestine call on the United States to halt $30 billion of military aid to the Jewish state. The campaign comes as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) began it’s an annual policy meeting in the U.S. capital on Sunday. This will continue ...

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US ‘sequester’ cuts to hit US, global growth: IMF

By Veronica Smith WASHINGTON — Feb 28, 2013 (AFP) The broad US "sequester" spending cuts that take effect beginning Friday will slow growth in the world's biggest economy and hit the global economy, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday. "There will be an impact on global growth," IMF spokesman Bill Murray said. "We'll have to reevaluate our growth forecast for the United States and also our other f ...

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