United States

Cuban government calls on US to do more on economy

The Cuban government has requested the US do more to ease pressure on Cuba's economic situation given the improved relations between Washington and Havana. According to a Cuban government source, US sanctions cost Cuba $4.6 bn over the last…

Ground-breaking climate change laws extended in California

In 2006, California imposed a target to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. The state remains on track to achieve this goal, and Governor Brown has announced a new goal to further cut pollution by expanding the…

US emissions-cheating case charges VW engineer

A Volkswagen engineer was indicted in Detroit and pleaded guilty for his role in developing an emissions-cheating device installed on a half-million diesel cars sold in the United States. Engineer James Liang helped develop the diesel…

Business

Oil prices fall, but positive gain posted for week

Oil prices fell 4 percent in late trade, giving up most of the previous day's rise as traders recognised that a tropical storm was behind the slump in US crude oil stocks. However, for the full week the market posted a gain of 3 percent,…

Wholesale inventories unchanged month on month in the US

According to data released by a government department, wholesalers did not add to their inventory this month after increasing stock by 0.3% last month. Sector-wide sales fell 0.4% in the month, the most significant movement since January…

Federal Reserve calls for gradual interest rate hikes

A Federal Reserve official has made a call for gradual interest rate hikes, despite a slowdown in U.S. job gains and weakness in the services sector that has caused a lack of confidence among some economists. Data released last week showed…

World

Sources claim US air-strike killed Syrian rebel commander

A commander in the Syrian rebel group Jabhat Fatah al-Sham has been killed by a US air strike that hit a meeting of the group's leaders, rebels said. Abu Hajer al-Homsi was killed in a raid on Aleppo province, which was carried out by a US…

US & Russia agree on cease-fire deal for Syria

Following a meeting between the US and Russia in Geneva, an agreement that could lead to a cease-fire in Syria's long-running civil war has been announced. US Secretary of State Kerry hopes the deal will bring an end to the war, which has…

New round of US sanctions targeting Russia unveiled

Washington has imposed a new round of sanctions on Russian companies after the nation's continued involvement in the Ukraine conflict. Among those facing restrictions are technology firms, boat builders and energy conglomerates. The …

World Suicide Prevention Day spreads awareness; creates hope

Organizers of World Suicide Prevention Day, due to be held next week, are hoping to deter people from taking their own lives with help from others. People around the world are urged to light candles and post message on social media to…