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US economic growth to speed up to 3.1pc, White House says

The White House forecast more robust economic growth in the United States this year than last year and a further pick-up in the economy next year.

Wednesday, 12 March, 2014, 5:21am

China must investigate links between White House and businesses: expert

Bloomberg yesterday quoted a source as saying that following an attack on his company by Chinese hackers in 2010, Sergey Brin, Google's co-founder, was provided with highly sensitive US government intelligence linking the attack to a specific unit of the People's Liberation Army, China's military. Brin was given a temporary classified clearance to sit on the briefing by US intelligence officials.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:51am

White House says it knew about McCain's Syria trip

The Obama administration said it knew in advance of Republican senator John McCain's trip to Syria, a visit that raised anew the question of whether the United States will intervene in a civil war that has raged for over two years.

30 May 2013 - 3:10am

US intercepts letter laced with ricin sent to Obama

Two letters suspected of containing the deadly poison ricin and addressed to US President Barack Obama and a senator were related and bore a postmark from Memphis, Tennessee. The FBI said the Obama letter contained a "granular substance that preliminarily tested positive for ricin" and had been intercepted at a facility outside the White House that screened the president's mail.

18 Apr 2013 - 2:30am

Bob Woodward says White House told him he would regret criticism

Journalist Bob Woodward on Wednesday said a senior White House official told him he would “regret” taking issue in recent days with President Barack Obama’s version of how across-the-board budget cuts came to be.

28 Feb 2013 - 1:17pm

Baby formula plea to US is infantile

First they waved the British colonial flags. Now some are petitioning the White House to help resolve the baby formula shortage. Why don't these people just formally ask the Brits or Americans to colonise us and get it over with?

1 Feb 2013 - 3:02am 29 comments

Hongkongers appeal to US over baby formula shortage

A petition, created on the White House website's "We the People" section, had more than 5,000 signatures on Thursday morning. "Local parents in Hong Kong can hardly buy baby formula milk powder in drugstores and supermarkets, as smugglers from mainland China storm to this tiny city to buy milk powder and resell it for huge profits in China," it reads.

31 Jan 2013 - 11:23am 38 comments

White House rejects citizen petition to build a Star Wars-style Death Star

The Obama administration has officially rejected a citizen petition calling for the building of a Star Wars-style Death Star, citing the enormous cost, its opposition to destroying entire planets and critical design flaws.

14 Jan 2013 - 6:08am

US warns Syria against using chemical weapons

The White House and its allies are weighing military options to secure Syria's chemical and biological weapons, after intelligence reports showed the Syrian regime may be readying the arms and may be desperate enough to use them against rebels, US officials said.

One US official said Monday that Syria had begun mixing chemicals that might be used to make deadly sarin gas.

5 Dec 2012 - 2:25pm

Obama chooses Geithner to lead fiscal cliff budget talks

US President Barack Obama has made Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner the lead White House negotiator in crisis budget talks with congressional leaders aimed at averting the fiscal cliff.

"He's the lead negotiator for these talks as designated by the White House, but it's obviously a team effort with several officials," a source close to the matter said Monday.

28 Nov 2012 - 6:18am