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UN climate talks open, deal ‘within reach’

The biggest climate meeting in history opened on Monday with hosts Denmark saying an unmissable opportunity to protect the planet was ''within reach''.

US climate envoy notes ‘difficult’ global talks

President Barack Obama's top climate change negotiator on Thursday said international talks to cut carbon emissions were ''difficult''.

US economic stimulus package makes progress

Barack Obama scored his first major legislative victory on Wednesday with passage of an -billion economic stimulus package.

Selebi faces the axe

A media report on on Wednesday claims that National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi is about to be fired.

Obama presses US economic rescue

With the US economic outlook darkening, Barack Obama went to Congress two weeks before taking office to try to entice support for a stimulus package.

US House grits teeth, approves Wall St bailout

The US House of Representatives set aside doubts that prevailed a few days ago and passed a landmark -billion Wall Street bailout bill on Friday.

US Senate approves $700bn rescue plan

The US Senate has approved a -billion bailout of the financial industry, putting pressure on the House of Representatives to approve the plan.

US Congress examines $700bn market bailout plan

The Bush administration asked Congress on Saturday for -billion to bail out firms burdened with bad mortgage debt.

US airports back to normal after computer glitch

US airports were operating normally on Tuesday evening after a glitch in the computer system for filing flight plans delayed hundreds of flights.

Bush budget proposes billions for Iraq

President George Bush on Monday proposed more than -billion in new spending for the United States military -- much of it for the Iraq war -- in a budget that would curb domestic programmes from health to education. Bush also warned that even more spending for Iraq could be needed, as he unveiled a ,9-trillion budget certain to stoke anger among Democrats.

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