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

The US unemployment rate will ease to an average of 6.9 per cent this year under the White House's projections. Photo: Bloomberg

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

Google co-founder Sergey Brin

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

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney listens to a question during a press briefing at the White House. Photo: AFP

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

Bob Woodward. Photo: AP

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

Smugglers carrying boxes of goods wait in line outside the Sheung Shui station. Photo: Sam Tsang

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 shortage of baby formula has hit the city. Photo: David Wong

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

A petition to build a Death Star like in Star Wars is rejected.

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

A teddy bear lies among the rubble of damaged buildings after fighting between rebels and government forces in Aleppo. Photo: AP

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

U.S. Treasury Secretary Geithner. Photo: Reuters

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

Greg Torode examines implications for China in US election

Illustration: Adolfo Arranz

There has been a bipartisan cast to US presidential engagement with China since Richard Nixon blazed the trail to Mao Zedong's Beijing 40 years ago. But that bipartisanship extends in a very different way to White House election campaigns.

29 Oct 2012 - 11:25pm

Huawei gets a pass from White House probe, says report

There is no evidence that Huawei is spying, a US report says.

Huawei Technologies, the world's second-largest supplier of telecommunications equipment, may have caught a break from the backlash of a congressional panel's report last week that branded it a security threat in the United States.

19 Oct 2012 - 3:33am

White House targeted in cyber attack

The White House. Photo: AP

The White House’s computer system was targeted in a cyber attack, a senior administration official said, but no classified systems were breached.

2 Oct 2012 - 9:35am

Tamar project labelled HK's White House

Legislators critical of 'expensive and luxurious' new government headquarters

Legislators have described the proposed government headquarters at Tamar as 'Hong Kong's White House', after the project's tender document reveals that there will be dozens of function halls, dining rooms and conference rooms for receptions, banquets and meetings.

15 May 2006 - 12:00am

Is Pokfulam prison worth saving?

Should the White House - the former detention centre in Pokfulam - be given special heritage status? Tell us your views. Write to us

14 May 2006 - 12:00am