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White House to banks: Start lending now

The White House prodded banks and other financial companies on Tuesday to quit hoarding billions of government dollars flowing into their vaults.

US not seeking military power in Africa

In a country teeming with resources the world covets, United States President George Bush sought on Wednesday to soothe African fears about American interests on the continent. He said the US is not aiming to make Africa into a base for greater military power or a proxy battleground with China.

Bush plays healer-in-chief in rural Tanzania

United States President George Bush handed out hugs and bed nets to battle malaria in Tanzania's rural north on Monday, saying the US is part of an international effort to provide enough mosquito netting to protect every child under five in the East African nation.

US Attorney General resigns

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned, ending a months-long stand-off with Republican and Democratic critics who called for his ouster over the Justice Department's botched handling of FBI terror investigations and the firing of United States attorneys, officials said on Monday.

Bush denies racism in Katrina response

United States President George Bush denied on Monday there was any racial component to people being left behind after Hurricane Katrina, despite suggestions from some critics that the response would have been quicker if so many of the victims hadn't been poor and black.

US first lady seeks advice on preventing genocide

United States First Lady Laura Bush says she is looking to Rwandan President Paul Kagame to suggest how the world can make sure that a genocide his country experienced more than a decade ago is not repeated in Sudan's Darfur region, or anywhere else. Bush was closing out a trip through Africa with a visit on Thursday to Rwanda.

Bush calls for $1,2bn to curtail malaria in Africa

President George W Bush on Thursday called for a ,2-billion US effort to cut deaths from malaria in Africa in half over five years, part of a range of new initiatives targeted at the continent's problems. Bush also proposed doubling US spending to -million on initiatives to promote the education of girls in Africa.

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